Born in Roeselare (BE), lives in Lovendegem (BE).
Lili Dujourie (° 1941) studies both painting and sculpture at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, but without graduating. Dujourie is both a solitary and a seminal figure in Belgian art since the late sixties. Her work is rich in variation – of materials and techniques, of references to different periods in art history – but also remarkably consistent in its insistence on the emotional and cerebral precision that is particular to visual art.
In the late sixties and early seventies Dujourie engages mostly with recent and contemporary American art (abstract, minimal, conceptual), which is then the dominant force in the world of art, and formulates a critical reflection on it.
The 17 videos Dujourie made in 1972–1981 are another key part of her oeuvre. The series begins with the five versions of Hommage à… (1972), which establishes Dujourie as a proponent of both feminist and feminine aesthetics. In the seventies she also works with collages: sometimes using images from magazines, sometimes torn pieces of coloured paper.
From the early eighties onwards Dujourie works with a progression of distinct and sometimes very demanding materials: velvet, marble, lead, plaster, ceramics, steel, papier mâché etc. The Flemish ‘primitives’ of the fifteenth century and the baroque painters of the seventeenth century are an important inspiration for her ‘wall sculptures’, featuring carefully constructed cascades of velvet drapery in strong colours.
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Lili Dujourie, The Kiss, 1986. Sculpture, wood, textiles, glass, silver, fluid, 432 x 102.5 x 244 cm.
Zonder titel (Blauw naakt)
Lili Dujourie, Zonder titel (Blauw naakt), 1980. Mixed Media, diaprojectie.
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EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATI...
26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.
L'Internationale is a European joint venture between five museums and artists’ archives - Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, M HKA, Van Abbe Museum,
The collection XXIX – Spi...
20 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.
Curated by Bart De Baere, Jan De Vree, Anders Kreuger (M HKA) en Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum) Spirits of In
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Belgische kunst [Belgian ...
With this promenade we’re staying right at home, with a look at Belgian art. In the M HKA collection we have works representing over 200 Belg
GEWELD | VIOLENCE
It seems clear that in the case of Dymphna, the sting – t.i., the violence – is in the tail of her story, in the beheadings and the flickerin