Raoul De Keyser: De Dingen Die Ik Zie / The Things I See  Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 2011

© Kristien Daem

© Kristien Daem

© Kristien Daem

© Kristien Daem

© Kristien Daem

Scenography for the exhibition at the Flemish Parliament

Vlaams Parlement

IJzerenkruisstraat 99, 1000 Brussels

24.03.11 - 11.07.2011


Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Florence Daem

Raoul De Keyser

A Possible Space for the Work of Raoul De Keyser

Raoul De Keyser’s oeuvre is permeated by an original, internal and inherently spatial constellation. De Keyser’s paintings do not fit within the Renaissance idiom of a window upon an illusory perspective. The paintings shift, glide, oscillate, overlap and, at times, they also fall. Even when they do in fact suggest an architectonic space, a cabinet for example, there is a certain spatial friction.
It is precisely this extremely controlled sense of turmoil that lends the works their independence and noticeably removes them from the context in which they are shown. The structure and material construction of the works lends them a degree of autonomy; they juxtapose themselves against their architectural surroundings.
This is a particularly valuable and above all deliberate attitude, a balance on a knife’s edge between pictorial presence and space itself.
The art of Raoul De Keyser is what it should be: a critical presence.
This challenge, therefore, has its advantages.
It demands that the architecture adopts the role of a guardian towards the works of art, a shelter; it asks that it define a path, a trajectory; it asks for light and visibility. And it asks, above all, that it be a place for the encounter between image and viewer.
‘Initiatief’ (Ghent, 1986), ‘Documenta IX’ (Kassel, 1992) and now ‘The Things I See’ (Brussels, 2011) are all, as much as they are experiences, what we would also call critical encounters.

Paul Robbrecht
Robbrecht en Daem architecten