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Human Figure

Creating a dialogue between contemporary sculptures and works from Oceanic Art

MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. © Geneviève Hanson
MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. © Geneviève Hanson

“Human Figure” aims to bring together opposing works in the hope to address the inexhaustible subject of man at the heart of the sculpture.

Using the human figure as a starting point to present new perspectives on the human representation in sculpture, “Human Figure” at the Charles Riva Collection aims to look at the treatment of the subject, not only as a historical form but instead with the hope to engage in a dialogue between both contemporary works and Oceanic Art.

“Human Figure” includes work from the Charles Riva Collection as well as a number of private collections, and features artists such as David Altmejd, George Condo, Thomas Houseago, Mark Manders and Paul McCarthy.

See inside the “Human Figure” exhibition at the Charles Riva Collection’s new Riva Project space below.

Statue from NICOBAR ISLAND. Courtesy Private Collection. © Frédéric Dehaen / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
Statue from NICOBAR ISLAND. Courtesy Private Collection. © Frédéric Dehaen / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
PAUL MCCARTHY, Moeko Bling, 2009. © Charles Riva Collection and Paul McCarthty / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
PAUL MCCARTHY, Moeko Bling, 2009. © Charles Riva Collection and Paul McCarthty / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea. Courtesy Private Collection. © Hugard and Vanoverschelde
An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea. Courtesy Private Collection. © Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002. © Charles Riva Collection and George Condo / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002. © Charles Riva Collection and George Condo / Hugard and Vanoverschelde
(l–r) GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; Crouching figure, San Cristobal; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015; DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1(Transitional Figures), 2013. Courtesy private collection; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo, Hughes Dubois; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
(l–r) GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; Crouching figure, San Cristobal; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015; DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1(Transitional Figures), 2013. Courtesy private collection; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo, Hughes Dubois; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
(l–r) GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015. Courtesy private collection, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
(l–r) GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015. Courtesy private collection, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea. Courtesy private collection. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea. Courtesy private collection. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; Crouching figure, San Cristobal; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015; DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1(Transitional Figures), 2013; PAUL MCCARTHY, Moeko Bling, 2009. Courtesy private collection; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Hughes Dubois; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
GEORGE CONDO, Atlanta, 2002; An Iatmul People, Sepik River Area, Papua New Guinea; Crouching figure, San Cristobal; MARK MANDERS, Dry Head on Wooden Floor, 2015; DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1(Transitional Figures), 2013; PAUL MCCARTHY, Moeko Bling, 2009. Courtesy private collection; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © Charles Riva Collection; George Condo; Hughes Dubois; Geneviève Hanson; Hugard and Vanoverschelde
DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1 (Transitional Figures), 2013. Courtesy David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
DAVID ALTMEJD, Untitled 1 (Transitional Figures), 2013. Courtesy David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. © David Altmejd and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
THOMAS HOUSEAGO, Ghost of a Flea, 2011. © Charles Riva Collection and Thomas Houseago
THOMAS HOUSEAGO, Ghost of a Flea, 2011. © Charles Riva Collection and Thomas Houseago
THOMAS HOUSEAGO, Ghost of a Flea, 2011. © Charles Riva Collection and Thomas Houseago
THOMAS HOUSEAGO, Ghost of a Flea, 2011. © Charles Riva Collection and Thomas Houseago

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Located in a charmingly remodelled former industrial building in the Dansaert district in the heart of Brussels, the Walter Vanhaerents contemporary art collection is presented in biannual exhibitions on three floors.