K.I.P., Kunst in Puurs

Usagi Greeting (180), 2002/2021, patinated bronze, 180 x 90 x 90cm. © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022. / Courtesy Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.

Guillaume Bijl, Willem Boel, Laurent Dupont, Michel François, Leiko Ikemura, Gabriël Kuri, Kris Martin, Eduard Michalko

Permanent Collection:
David Altmejd, BLANCBEC, Karel Breugelmans, Bert Danckaert, Nick Geboers, Kendell Geers, Kati Heck, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, Charlie De Keersmaecker, Esther kläs, Natasja Lefevre, Thomas Lerooy, Mark Manders, Stefan Rinck, RiseOne, TAL R, Rinus Van de Velde, Stijn Van Dorpe, Maarten Vanden, Charlotte Vander Borght

16 December 2022
On Friday 16 December, we will take you on the opening walk for the first time. Sign up for this exclusive free walk.

17 December 2022 to 26 February 2023
K.I.P. is an art route that takes you along contemporary art in our public spaces. Art on the street. This year marks the 8th edition.

Once again Wilfried Cooreman has selected emerging and established national and international artists.

Plan your visit to this outdoor exhibition.

- Get your free paper route planner soon at the libraries (Emile Verhaerenstraat 71, Sint-Amands and Hondsmarkt 2, Puurs) and at Tourism Klein-Brabant - Scheldeland (Landhuis, Boomstraat 1 in Bornem).
- Or download the route planner in pdf format.
- Or set off with your smartphone (easy and convenient). Start here, read more about each artist and click on.
- You can also download the GPX file (coming soon).

Learn more about the artworks by scanning the QR code on each work. Set off and be surprised!


1. Leiko Ikemura - Usagi Greetings (180)
in front of the bib (Hondsmarkt 2)

Leiko Ikemura is an internationally celebrated and established, Japanese-Swiss artist based in Berlin. Originally from Tsu in Mie Prefecture, Japan, Ikemura studied painting in Seville, Spain before moving to Switzerland and then to Germany. She combines Eastern and Western art and explores themes of hybridity, interculturality, sexuality and the life cycle. She works at the intersection of abstraction and figuration, moving fluidly between media and imbuing her pieces with raw energy and emotion. By blurring the line between species, between inner and outer worlds, Ikemura encourages the viewer to discover mysteries in her stories and turn them into something fantastic or, on the contrary, to keep them within the confines of reality. The materials used by the artist, such as bronze, clay and pigment, are closely linked to the earth and emphasize the aspect of humans as part of nature.

Among other mythical creatures, the "Usagi" (Japanese for rabbit) is one of Ikemura's best-known and most frequently used motifs. In various cultures, the animal symbolizes fertility and renewal. Ikemura's large-scale bronze sculpture "Usagi Greeting" (or "Rabbit Bodhisattva of Mercy") invites visitors to seek shelter in its wide robe. The work offers various possibilities of association and ambiguity for those seeking meaning as a hybrid being of mercy and hope.

Ikemura's work has been presented at the Tokyo Biennial (1988) and the Melbourne Biennial (1999). She has had solo exhibitions at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2021); Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia (2021); Art Museum Liechtenstein (2002); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2011); and Art Museum Basel, Basel (2019). Her works can be found at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Art Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Fundación Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain; The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan; MOMAT-The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, among others; MAC's -Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu, Belgium; Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK; Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Ahrenshoop, Germany; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA; Museum for Ostasiatische Kunst Köln, Cologne, Germany; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany and Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Source: K.I.P., K.I.P. Route Planner & Artwork Details


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