Roger Ballen – Ronny Delrue

The Theatre of the Ballenesque // Correspondances

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From November 2019 to March 2020, CENTRALE for contemporary art offers two new and unique exhibitions: Roger BallenThe Theatre of the Ballenesque and Correspondances, an original dialogue between Ronny Delrue and Roger Ballen.

The Theatre of the Ballenesque, the first Brussels major show of artist Roger Ballen, includes photographs, videos and installations in situ, and also blends in some of the artist’s graphic interventions. Roger Ballen is indisputably one of the most important photographers of his generation. Born in New York in 1950, he has lived and worked in South Africa for more than 30 years. His work has been collected and exhibited in Tate Britain (UK), Rijksmuseum (NL), MoMA (New York, US) and in the Museum Dr. Guislain (Ghent, BE), etc.

The Theatre of the Ballenesque invites visitors to a completely immersive journey in the universe of the artist. Spectators will be able to fully experience the richness and density of a complex work that explores the meanders of the human spirit. Having graduated in psychology and then geology, Roger Ballen decided to explore the depth of the human mind through the means of photography. Under the impulsive hand and the methodological eye of the artist, components emerge, becoming the elements of a theatre of the absurd: the Ballenesque.

This exploration of the unconscious is also at the origin of the exhibition Correspondances in which the Belgian artist Ronny Delrue will present his photographs, in dialogue with those of Roger Ballen, enhanced by his drawings and photomontages of the two artists.

The two projects at CENTRALE are combined with unprecedented collaborations with major Belgian institutions: Ancienne Belgique and S.M.A.K. (Ghent).

As part of the forty years of the concert hall of Ancienne Belgique will be held the concert of the internationally renowned South African group Die Antwoord, with whom Roger Ballen collaborates regularly, among others for the video I fink U freeky, which enjoyed millions of views on Internet. Roger Ballen will provide an artistic intervention to the group’s performance of November 25, 2019 at AB.

Finally, the exhibition Correspondances by Ronny Delrue, presented in parallel at S.M.A.K., will also include collaborations with Roger Ballen.

Atonement, 2019 © Roger Ballen, in collaboration with Ronny Delrue and Marguerite Rossouw


Roger Ballen – The Theatre of the Ballenesque
Curators : Carine Fol & Stéphane Roy

Ronny Delrue – Roger Ballen – Correspondances
Curators : Carine Fol & Philippe Van Cauteren
In collaboration with S.M.A.K.

Vernissage : 13.11.2019
Exhibition : 14.11.2019 > 14.03.2020

CENTRALE for contemporary art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44, 1000 Brussels
WED > SUN 10:30 > 18:00

Correspondances, in parallel at S.M.A.K.

Vernissage : 25.10.2019
Exhibition : 25.10.2019 > 19.01.2020

Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Ghent
TUE > FRI 9:30 > 17:30
SAT > SUN 10:00 > 18:00

Concert Die Antwoord
25.11.2019, 20:00

Ancienne Belgique
Boulevard Anspach 110, 1000 Brussels


Box Galerie also presents a selection of Roger Ballen’s photographs in the exhibition Outland (14.11 > 21.12.2019).
Box Galerie
Chaussée de Vleurgat 102, 1050 Brussels

© Roger BALLEN & Ronny DELRUE


Place Sainte-Catherine 44
1000 Brussels
WED > SUN 10:30 > 18:00
Closed on public holidays (25.12.2019 & 01.01.2020)

8,00 € // 4,00 € // 2,50 € // 1,25 € // 0 €

First Sunday of the month 11:30: Free guided tour (included in the ticket) : FR/NL

With the support of the Promotion of Brussels, a competence of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation