The first presentation in the new De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal was a group exhibition of work by Guido Lippens, Jaap Kroneman and Sophie Tottie.
How Sweet 2 was a presentation of drawings and paintings by Guido Lippens (1939), of which the shapes and colours are reminiscent of exotic cultures: arabic arabesques; oriental splendour. His paintings are composed of intensely coloured, recurrent shapes and patterns that appear to move. At first glance, Lippens` patterns appear to be set out according to symmetrical, rational `blueprints`. But on closer examination they turn out to develop of their own accord.
Also on display was Jaap Kroneman`s (1968) moving painting. This work played upon the limitations of painting. Whilst many artists seeking to escape the static nature of painting turn to video, Kroneman sets the painting itself in motion. His brushstrokes, sweeping along and across each other, form ever new patterns – creating the illusion of a magic lantern.
Swedish artist Sophie Tottie`s (1967) 1991 video Untitled (The Sleepwalkers) shows a man reciting a text by German writer Herman Broch. His pulsating delivery recreates the text as a revolutionary credo, in which the artist is put on a par with the soldier, the upwardly mobile bourgeois, the businessman and the politician. The artist, aiming to reach the top, pushes his work to such extremes that it is only accessible to the select few.