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On Thursday 17 October, the 50th anniversary of VUB, the exhibition JRSLM - Paradise Lost Again will open. The work of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Thierry De Cordier, James Ensor, Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Michael Borremans will take pride of place at the exhibition, curated by Hans De Wolf and set to be one of this autumn’s cultural highlights. The free exhibition runs until 15 December at both Pilar and the Braem building (VUB) and SeeU at Usquare. It is the first exhibition to be held in the new culture house Pilar.

 

Hans De Wolf: “The further we penetrate into the still young 21st century, the more we become aware of a compelling paradox that the 20th century has left unresolved: on the one hand, our society is almost unbearably rational, with codes and controls, objectives and threats to be achieved, while on the other hand, the news is filled day after day with reports of religious intolerance, about conflicts waged in the name of all kinds of religions and opinions, with populism and fake news the youngest member of the group.”

 

JRSLM – in which VUB celebrates its creation 50 years ago – attempts to investigate why this is the case.

 

Hans De Wolf: “At the heart of the story is the fact that all the knowledge available on our campus will never be enough to determine exactly what is needed to make a person truly free and strong enough to face these challenges. If we want to understand how such individual freedom works, we may need a mystical dimension that inevitably seems to have a hell and a dark side all the time, as it has always been. And maybe we should just try not to control this…”

 

Practical information

The exhibition is free and open from 17 October to 15 December , Tuesday-Saturday, 12.00-18.00. Closed on Sunday, Monday, 1 November and 20 November (Sint Verhaeghen).

 

Locations:

- Pilar (Building Y) and the Braem building (former building M) - VUB - Pleinlaan 2, Elsene

- See U (Usquare), Fritz Toussaintstraat 8, Elsene

 

Part of the exhibition at See U has no lift and is therefore difficult to access for people with reduced mobility. The Braemgebouw and Pilar are easily accessible.

 

More information:

vub.be/JRSLM

instagram.com/jrslm_paradiselostagain/