The Boghossian Foundation is delighted to announce the exhibition Beyond the Lines, which features the works and research of artists who were Residents at the Villa Empain and whose preferred practice involves the line and drawing.

This exhibition celebrates the ancestral technique of drawing, which has played a pivotal role for artists, craftsmen, and architects alike, and remains indispensable today. The exploration of forms, colours, and their endless variations, while eschewing systematism, lies at the core of the body of work on display.

Whether inspired by landscape or geometry, free or repetitive, the participating artists investigate the myriad applications, scales, and experiences of drawing, which they then present framed, placed on a plinth, suspended, or even created directly on the wall.

Figurative, abstract, or at the intersection of genres, the practices featured here all create depth while playing on the monumentality of the drawing itself. In turn, the pieces reveal the underlying mechanisms of the line, which can represent the contours of the visible or, conversely, trace an invisible architecture.

The artists have been closely involved in presenting their pieces in their respective spaces. Romain Ruiz-Pacouret and Rébecca Konforti created an in-situ work for the project in the form of a mural.

Artists

Ulla Hase, Alaa Itani, Rébecca Konforti, Romain Ruiz-Pacouret, Marine Pagès, Julien Saudubray, Amélie Scotta, Brendan Sullivan Shea, Younes Zarhoni.

The artists residence

The multi-disciplinary and international Boghossian Foundation Residency invites artists of all backgrounds to the Villa Empain. Housed in the former conciergerie near the swimming pool, it provides a unique creative space with a shared studio and living quarters where artists can devote one to three months to pursue their research.

The Boghossian Foundation Residency acts as a laboratory for ideas and contemporary creation, offering artists of every discipline – painters, photographers, video artists, dancers, performers, conductors, etc. – and poets, writers, exhibition curators and scientists, the ideal environment for sharing ideas and fostering encounters. The international mission of the Residency does not exclude the participation of Belgium-based artists, who are welcomed as part of an external residency programme with access to the Studio adjoining the Villa’s gardens.

Curators Louma Salamé
Artists

Ulla Hase, Alaa Itani, Rébecca Konforti, Romain Ruiz-Pacouret, Marine Pagès, Julien Saudubray, Amélie Scotta, Brendan Sullivan Shea, Younes Zarhoni.

The artists residence

The multi-disciplinary and international Boghossian Foundation Residency invites artists of all backgrounds to the Villa Empain. Housed in the former conciergerie near the swimming pool, it provides a unique creative space with a shared studio and living quarters where artists can devote one to three months to pursue their research.

The Boghossian Foundation Residency acts as a laboratory for ideas and contemporary creation, offering artists of every discipline – painters, photographers, video artists, dancers, performers, conductors, etc. – and poets, writers, exhibition curators and scientists, the ideal environment for sharing ideas and fostering encounters. The international mission of the Residency does not exclude the participation of Belgium-based artists, who are welcomed as part of an external residency programme with access to the Studio adjoining the Villa’s gardens.

Curators Louma Salamé