Trends 2023/2024: surreal columns by Marion Verboom

Art history and urban motifs are intertwined in the work of Marion Verboom. Her debut exhibition at La Verrière/Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in Brussels demonstrates how antiquity, play, and surrealism are increasingly influencing scenography and becoming a leading trend.

The name of the exhibition Chryséléphantine is an ancient Egyptian technique of applying gold and ivory to objects and sculptures, once common throughout the ancient world. This style gained popularity in ancient Greece thanks to Phidias, who created the statue of Olympian Zeus, one of the wonders of the world, which was believed to have been destroyed by fire around 426 AD.

Verboom graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Paris. The Chryselephantine installation brings together Werboom’s archival work and new works that the artist has created based on her experience of living in Brussels. The composition is built from multi-component pillars. Each segment is made of patterns and materials. Taken together, these fragments create endless combinations and arrangements based on classical art and urban contexts.

The author explores various forms of ancient plinths and mounts as part of the history of sculpture. She not only talks about the lost relics, but also draws attention to the “behind the scenes” processes, and places the casts at the center of her “Achronies”. The new works also evoke associations with well-known public monuments in Brussels. So Marion talks about her Flemish roots – her great-grandfather was a flutist in the orchestra at the Théâtre de la Monnaie.

• Chryséléphantine, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès La Verriere, Brussels, until 22 April 2023

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