Exhibition Duration: September 3 – 23, 2019
Place: Bernaerts Gallery
Organised by the Bernaerts Gallery in Antwerp, the NMSWP exhibition is set to continue its journey, following a successful opening at the Benaki Museum, in Athens (April 3 – May 19, extended until May 26).
Visitors of the exhibition will be able to see the artistic approach of Stefanos Rokos to the album “No More Shall We Part” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, which makes up a testimony of his personal proposal for a dialectic to be developed between two artistic forms- those of painting and song writing, which have all along constituted the very core of artistic expression and creativity.
"It was extraordinary to stand in the studio and see the paintings for real – the grandeur of them, with all their congested details and terrifying blank spaces. I feel connected to the essence of them. I feel they are very close to the way I write lyrics – intense bursts of memory, ecstatic detail, sudden erotics, esoteric imagery; the forging of frozen narratives that hover about like dreams, haunted and strange and life-affirming."Nick Cave
Bernaerts, an Antwerp based family business founded in 1974 and situated in the Antwerp ‘triangle of the arts’, between the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Photography and the Museum of Contemporay Art, got in touch with Stefanos Rokos by happy accident.
The Belgian musician/artist Stef Kamil Carlens invited Mon & Emmy Bernaerts-Heylen, the founders of the company, to visit the studio of Rokos in 2014. Immediately they organized a solo show in their venue, called ‘Revert to disarray’ in 2015. The Antwerp art experts were the first to recognize the art of Rokos outside of Greece.
As auctioneers, working in the secondary market, Bernaerts organizes five big sales a year with emphasis on Old and Modern Master Paintings, Works of Art, Design and Works on Paper. Their experts need to look for the right technique, authenticity and the narrative of each work. They also need to have ‘a close look’ at the painting.
In the case of Rokos, this closer look reveals a skilfull mixture of techniques (watercolour, bodycolour, acryclics, pencil, ink) and a minutious sense of detail. Bernaerts is happy to see the book and be a mute witness of this beautiful project of an artist paying tribute to another one, in a very respectful way. The family is proud to engage with the artist trying to upscale internationally his work.