Description of the exhibition
This Autumn, the MoMu Gallery will be transformed into a place of magical realism: the world of transdisciplinary artist Baloji.
Born in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo and based in Belgium, Baloji is a musician, poet, designer and filmmaker. His work confronts Congolese culture – the philosophy, rituals and traditional clothing – while also exploring its connection with European avant-garde and contemporary issues, shaping narratives about the complexity of identity.
Baloji has had synaesthesia for as long as he can remember, which makes him express himself in vivid colours, shapes and textures. In his creative imagination, things may first seem ordinary, but they soon reveal themselves as magical, blurring the lines between what is real and what is imagined.
The exhibition is inspired by Augure (Omen), Baloji’s first feature film, award recipient at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and the official Belgian entry for the 2024 Oscars. Augurism. is a site-specific project conceived by digging into Baloji’s past and contemporary archives of images, props, costumes and videos: it is about mending the past and dragging it into the present. The exhibition becomes a place to be physically and emotionally immersed in Baloji's universe.
Baloji’s practice is built on collaboration and dialogue with other artists and craftspeople. The exhibition celebrates his collaborations with such artists as Victor Harris and Jack Robertson, Big Chief and master designer of the Fi-Yi-Yi Mardi Grass Indians, London-based Norwegian artist Magnhild Kennedy or Damselfrau, artist and designer Ben Storms, as well as Brandon Wen, creative director at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
Exhibition under the lead of
Curators: Baloji, Elisa De Wyngaert
Project manager: Rossana Miele
Set design: Baloji, Eve Martin
Production: Julie Motoi, Marie Vandecasteele
Set designer assistants: Emilie Nelis-Culot, Lilie Francois, Nico Servais
Graphic design: Vrints-Kolsteren
Campaign image: Baloji, Peau de Chagrin x Bleu de Nuit, 2018 - Wearable head sculpture by Damselfrau, garment by Brandon Wen © Photo: Kristin-Lee Moolman.
MoMu x Baloji Takeover
This Autumn, Baloji is not only taking the MoMu Gallery by storm with his magical realism. The transdisciplinary artist is also curating a series of nocturnes under the moniker MoMu x Baloji Takeover.
MoMu x Lumière
Immerse yourself completely in the universe of Baloji: MoMu, Cinema Cartoon's and Cinema Lumière (Antwerp, Mechelen and Bruges) join forces on the occasion of the Belgian release of the film Augure on 15 November. Upon presentation of your museum or movie ticket, you enjoy a discounted rate of €8 at MoMu and €9,5 at Cinema Cartoon's and Cinema Lumière. This offer is valid from 15 November to 12 December.