Ik streef naar een kunst die rechtstreeks geënt is op ons dagelijkse bestaan, een kunst die uitgaat van dit dagelijkse bestaan, die de adem is van ons werkelijke bestaan en van onze werkelijke aard. ”

— Jean Dubuffet, 1951

“J‘aspire à un art qui soit directement branché sur notre vie courante, un art qui prenne départ dans cette vie courante, qui soit de notre vraie vie et de nos vraies humeurs une émanation immédiate.”

— Jean Dubuffet, 1951

“For myself, I aim for an art which would be in immediate connection with daily life, an art which would start from this daily life, and which would be a very direct and very sincere expression of our real life and our real moods.”

— Jean Dubuffet, 1951

Current exhibition

18 September — 2 October 2021

Wed - Sat 2.00 - 5.30 p.m.

ALIREZA MALEKI

— messages from the slaughterhouse

Alireza was born in 2002 in western Iran. His father is a simple laborer, and the family owns only one cow. The somewhat introverted, quiet Alireza began to take an interest in cows at an early age and immersed himself in the history of Spanish bullfighting. When all schools were closed due to the pandemic, he started working in a slaughterhouse and recording his observations in confrontational sketches. At high school, he studies architecture, though mostly just to earn a degree. His real ambition is to become an independent butcher, and he’s already procured a butcher’s knife. Recently, he was attacked by a cow and is currently recovering in his parents’ home.

The exhibition has been supplemented with works from the archives

no title, no date (ca. 2020), mixed media on paper, 16×24,5 cm
no title, no date (ca. 2020), mixed media on paper, 21×30 cm
no title, no date (ca. 2020), mixed media on paper, 24.5×16.5 cm (recto)
no title, no date (ca. 2020), mixed media on paper, 24.5×16.5 cm (verso)