Society of Friends of Belgium in America


Exhibition of the Photography of Jan de Cock

The Museum of Modern Art in New York
January 23–April 21, 2008

Organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, Department of Photography

Jan De Cock
Denkmal 11, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, 2008.
Diptych 23, Module CCCXX, Module CCCXXI.

Chromogenic color prints, each 52.4 x 31 x 1.75 in. (133 x 79 x 4.4 cm)

© Photo Atelier Jan De Cock
Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters and Luis Campaña Gallery

For his first museum exhibition in the United States, artist Jan De Cock (Belgian, born 1976) will conceive a floor-to-ceiling installation mixing color and black-and-white photographs with a series of plywood sculptural components that are rooted as much in the art of early twentieth-century Constructivism as in the Minimalist aesthetic of the 1960s. In the Summer of 2007, De Cock came to New York to photograph specific works from MoMA’s collection focusing on Muybridge, Atget, Albers, Malevich, Popova, Brancusi, Mondrian, Schwitters, Hopper, and Judd as well as on the Museum’s state-of-the-art conservation labs, frame shop, library, and historic movie theater Roy and Niuta Titus 1. De Cock shot the pictures with two cameras -a large-format Swiss Sinar and a Hasselblad- from different angles, favoring a sequential format. After processing the films, he digitally combined these with other images culled from the history of art, architecture and film in his signature, encyclopedic style. The German word Denkmal, which appears in the titles of De Cock’s installations, signifies “monument.” However, in Flemish (the artist’s native language) the expression incorporates two meanings: “denk” (to think) and “mal” (mold). For De Cock, a Denkmal is a mold of thinking. The exhibition portrays the myriad photographic references and interdisciplinary links at the center of De Cock’s work.




The Museum of Modern Art
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11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

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Getting to MoMA
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Subway: E or V to Fifth Avenue/53 Street; B, D, or F to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center.
Bus: M1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to 53 Street


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