Belgian artist Luc Tuymans and curator Yu Hui open a visual
dialogue between art from the southern Low Countries and
China, illustrated by works from Van Eyck, Breughel, Rubens,
Van Dyck, Jordaens, Ensor Mellery and Spilliaert, juxtaposed
with works on paper and silk from the Ming and Qing
dynasties, based in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Western
works question and compare with the Chinese images on
subjects such as movement, distance, iconography, shadow
and the idea of original sin, to name a few. "We try to open
up the dialogue via the visual image without detracting from
the two traditions. We work with 'punctuation': for example,
two groups of images from Chinese art are interrupted by a
Western work." This unique format shows both old masters
and Oriental art in a new light.

Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
The Forbidden Empire:
Visions of the World by Chinese and Flemish Masters
February 15 through to May 06, 2007
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels
T: + 31 (0)2 507 82 00