The Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain is exceptionally closed on Thursday 20 June. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you from Friday 21 June, until 8 September for the visit of the exhibition Josef and Anni Albers.


This catalogue was designed for the Répétition exhibition.

In 1962, Robert Rauschenberg was experimenting with printing techniques using plates from newspapers, when his lithographic printing stone cracked. He named the resulting print Accident Drawing upon Rauschenberg’s process gone awry as a model, Répétition is conceived as a circulatory system by which images, objects, and bodies move through the Villa Empain. The exhibition traced the distribution of graphic art across national and ideological boundaries, focusing on the productive power of accidents.

The journey from the studio to the exhibition space was a movement that allows artworks to gain a public reception but, as has often been noted, comes at the cost of uprooting them from a living context. Répétition attempted, not to recreate the studio in the museum, but to create a living context in which works circulate, furnishing the Villa Empain through a process of continual renovation.

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  • Title: Répétition
  • Date of publication: July 2016
  • Number of pages: 210
  • Trilingual catalogue: English, French and Dutch.
  • ISBN: 978-2-9601-914-0-0

With contributions from Ralph Boghossian, Michael Helland, Nicolas Lees, Asad Raza and Andros Zins-Browne.