The legacy of artist Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012) comprises a wide range of publications, notes, letters, photographs, leaflets, posters and other items, offering an interesting view on his life, work and international network. In 2014-15, De Keyser’s three sons donated the artist’s personal archives to Ghent University – an institution where De Keyser had worked for a long time as an administrator. Preserved at the University’s central library “Book Tower,” the archives are now inventoried by students of art history under the supervision of Steven Jacobs, disclosing the papers for future research.
This documentary exhibition focuses on a selection of archival materials. It deals with three themes of De Keyser’s oeuvre: the painting as object, the relation between De Keyser’s pictorial works and poetry, and the interaction between painting and photography. In addition, this project focuses on three noteworthy exhibitions such as the solo-show Rondom de werkelijkheid (1970) and two exhibitions closely connected to the history of S.M.A.K. and its founding director Jan Hoet: the group show Raoul De Keyser, David Rabinowitch, Philippe Van Snick, Richard Tuttle (1978) and Documenta IX at Kassel (1992).
This project also announces the first travelling retrospective on De Keyser since his passing, taking place in fall and winter 2018/19 at S.M.A.K.