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The visual artist, man of the theatre, and film-maker Jan Lauwers is known, above all, for his theatrical work with Needcompany. This spring he is exhibiting his work in the visual arts at the Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) for two months in a solo exhibition entitled Restlessness. The exhibition, which focuses on his work in the visual arts from 1996 to today, has been put together in collaboration with the curator Jérôme Sans.

Jan Lauwers (b. 1957) lives and works in Brussels. He studied painting at the Academy in Ghent but over the last twenty years has made his name primarily as an international theatre-maker. The productions by his group, Needcompany, are striking for their expressiveness and the meticulous combination of words, language(s), music, dance, and movement as structuring elements. Jan Lauwers is also a visual artist. His work in the visual arts has only been exhibited sporadically to date, as he has always tried to preserve the intimacy of his studio as far as possible.

In 1997 he took part in Documenta X in Kassel with his performance of Caligula (No beauty for me there, where human life is rare, part one). At Grimbergen 2002 (a group exhibition together with Atelier Van Lieshout, Thomas Schütte, Ann Veronica Janssens, and others) he showed the monumental work Verre van der menscen dinghen en vant ic neghene scoenhede. At "Grasduinen 02/SMAK aan zee" in 2004 he showed a video installation on violence called C-Song 01. In 2006 he is presenting the video installation Untitled Construction in the "DARK" exhibition at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, a group exhibition that also includes Juergen Teller, Luc Tuymans, Dirk Braeckman, and others. Part of this installation is the 1997 video piece Duchamp's Moustache.

Jérôme Sans (b. 1960) lives and works in Paris. As adjunct curator at the Institute of Visual Arts in Milwaukee, he organised numerous monographic exhibitions there before moving on to a similar post at the Stockholm Konsthall's Magasin 3. As well as an exhibition curator – Taipei Biennale, Taiwan, 2000; "Live", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004 – he is also a critic, author of a volume of interviews with Daniel Buren, and a contributor to a wide range of art publications. He is currently "Director of Programme" at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK).

This exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book on Lauwers's art work, focusing on the period from 1996 to 2006. It is published by Mercatorfonds, BOZAR, Actes Sud, and Needcompany. French and English editions will be available in bookshops, at the exhibition, and at all NC performances. It will appear on the French market in September.

Jan Lauwers
Kurator: Jerome Sans