Full House: One Space, Two Shows, 307 Artists, and 400 Pieces from the Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection explores two exhibitions held in the same building five years apart. It features over three hundred contemporary artworks from the renowned collection of Frédéric de Goldschmidt, and includes contributions from Nicolas Bourriaud and Dirk Snauwaert, among others.
The first show, Not Really Really, co-curated by Agata Jastrząbek, was organized in 2016, in a building that had been vacated only a few months before by a mental health clinic. The works, mostly sculptures made from everyday objects, played with the ambiguity of what the last occupants could have left behind and what the artists purposefully created. The building then underwent lengthy renovations, the evolution of which is documented in photographs. The second show, Inaspettatamente (Unexpectedly), engages with themes such as order and disorder, time, classification, the artists’ processes, and their positions regarding world conflicts, explored through the prism of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994). Originally connected to Arte Povera, Boetti is known for challenging notions of authorship and setting up processes of delegation, notably through works of political cartography carried out by weavers Afghanistan. Boetti, whose work is well represented in the collection, led De Goldschmidt and co-curator Grégory Lang to wonder what he would have made of the current state of the world. The exhibited works were selected not only with the themes of Boetti’s oeuvre and his personality in mind, but to reflect the collection’s diversity and complexity.
In addition to the contributions of Nicolas Bourriaud, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Christine Jamart, Agata Jastrząbek, Grégory Lang, Donatienne de Séjournet, and Dirk Snauwaert, Full House brings together the works of artists that explore duality and otherness, and examine poetical, social, and geopolitical commitments, offering a recapitulation of the state of our uncertain world.
Four hundred artworks are featured—sculpture, painting, video, and mixed media—from historical figures including Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Dadamaino, Lucio Fontana, Jan Henderikse, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Heinz Mack, Karel Malich, Piero Manzoni, François Morellet, Michel Parmentier, Otto Piene, Jan Schoonhoven, Günter Uecker, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Marthe Wéry, and Herbert Zangs.
The collection’s major strength are the works of international contemporary artists, including emerging artists, working in different styles, such as Ignasi Aballí, Harold Ancart, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Athanasios Argianas, Neïl Beloufa, Katinka Bock, Mohamed Bourouissa, Tom Burr, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Leonardo Drew, Sam Falls, Michel François, Romuald Hazoumè, Hiwa K, Jacob Kassay, Sigalit Landau, Elad Lassry, Jason Loebs, Shirin Neshat, Gedi Sibony, Valérie Snobeck, Elias Sime, Hank Willis Thomas, Rosemarie Trockel, Oscar Tuazon, and Joëlle Tuerlinckx.
An important part of the collection also focuses on young artists from the vibrant Brussels art scene: Aline Bouvy, Lieven De Boeck, Nadia Guerroui, Nicolás Lamas, Ariane Loze, Benoit Platéus, and Fabrice Samyn among others.