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Walter Leblanc

Antwerpen, Belgium 1932 – 1986

Walter Leblanc, one of the greatest exponents of the kinetic and optical artistic movement, was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1932.

At the beginning of his career he preferred the creation of abstract lyrical works and then changed his modus operandi towards the 60s. His distinctive trait is undoubtedly the twisting both on canvas and on steel sculpture, initially performed with the use of twisted ropes , later with vinyl stripes, white on white or in the later period, in bright, bright colors. This technique represents basic geometric shapes similar to rays that have a single objective: to give the work a virtual movement, an optical illusion that captures the viewer through a play of light.

The artist cooperates with two artistic movements, namely with the Zero group (current interested in the study of motion of a mechanical, electromechanical, electromagnetic and luminous nature) and with the New Tendencies (ideology according to which the artist is no longer a creative genius but a visual researcher ).

Leblanc participated in groundbreaking international exhibitions such as Monochrome Malerei (1960, Leverkusen), The Responsive Eye (1965, MoMA, New York), Serielle Formationen (1967, Frankfurt am Main) and in 1970 at the 35th Venice Biennale.

His works are exhibited in numerous international museums and private art collections, such as Center Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf,) Josef Albers Museum (Bottrop), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.Zee (Ostend) and The Fine Arts Museums (Brussels).

Walter Leblanc

Torsions Mobilo-Static


polyvinyl on masonite laid on board

68 x 58 cm

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