FROM MANDELA TO TRUMP: JAN BEEKMAN OPENS HIS FOUNDATION WITH A GLOBAL WARNING!
The exhibition, "Global warning" is one of the highlights of the commemorative program set up by the South African embassy. While, as a tribute to the founder of the Foundation, it brings an overview of an extremely diverse oeuvre that spans almost seven decades. Because the portrayal of Nelson Mandela Liberated cannot leave the United Nations, the Foundation has published a silkscreen copy, the first of which was presented to the South African Ambassador to Belgium during the opening of the exhibition.
The Beekman Foundation not only manages Jan Beekman's gigantic oeuvre, but also offers a platform for artists and scientists whose inspiration is strongly based on the same artistic, ecological and social concerns. In addition to the world-famous portrait of Nelson Mandela painted by the Belgian-born American artist Jan Beekman, which hangs in the headquarters of the United Nations (NY), the Beekman Foundation now brings a recent and never-before-seen series of paintings on living in the Donald Trump era.
“Global Warning” brings for the first time some of the works from a recent series on which Beekman has been intensely focussed for the past six months and in which he denounces the denial of science, global warming, the undermining of democracy, the isolation of America by the populistic Trump administration.
The exhibition runs until 16 September. The artist will be present during the opening.
The show opened its doors on 18 July, the day of the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth.
The Belgian seat of the Beekman Foundation opens as a contemporary arts centre with a one-man show of its founder, the Belgian-American artist Jan Beekman. Based in the former residence and workshop of the artist, the centre manages Beekman’s gigantic body of work that covers more than seven decades, while also offering a platform to artists, scientists, and initiatives that share his ideas, and in particular his focus on nature, social matters, and aesthetics. Apart from presenting a new silk-screen print of Beekman’s famous portrait of Nelson Mandela, the exhibition also shows for the very first time works of his latest series on living in the Trump era.