The Dexia Collection is outstanding in terms of the breadth and the quality of its works, and offers a sweeping vision of Belgian abstract art. This catalogue attempts to show the main currents and the specificities of 20th century Belgian abstract art. It explores avant-garde movements from the inter-war period (including plastique pure, constructivism, groups such as 7 Arts and circles like Moderne Kunst, as well as artists such as Servranckx and Baugniet, among others). Developments after 1945 are presented as well, including “lyric” abstraction (Van Anderlecht), chromatic research (Mouffe, Wéry) and the work of matierists (Bogart, Londot), who made abstract creation an ever-renewed process. The artists are placed in historical context in order to highlight the importance of their work in the genesis and development of Belgian abstraction. The catalogue is divided into two parts centred around the Second World War and is presented chronologically.

Denis Laoureux holds a doctorate in Philosophy and Letters. He is a professor of Art History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, specialising in 19th and 20th century art.

The catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same name held jointly at the Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur (25 September 31 December 2010) and at the Espace Dexia, Brussels (opened only by appointment every third Saturday of the month from 20/11/2010 until 19/03/2011