The Wunderwall of SofieWhere it all started for Sofie Van de Velde
"When I was 16, I created my first Wunderwall. I had gathered some works and experiences which I wanted to display in a way that was visually pleasing. I composed my first Wunderwall with small works that were personally dedicated to me: a drawing by Keith Haring, a signature of the members of De La Soul who had been in the Ancienne Belgique, entrance tickets to concerts... It was a visual representation my own world at the time.
This Wunderwall changed several times in the course of my life, partly under the influence of the people I lived with, but also because of my own changing interests. For instance, I once made a Wunderwall with works by Félicien Rops, Pablo Picasso, James Ensor, Francisco Goya... All very relevant works that represented a transition to another phase in my life. After leaving this Wunderwall hanging for years, I felt that art history had fed me enough and that I wanted to make room for young, emerging talent.
The Wunderwall has always been important in my life. A temporal reflection of my preferences, passions, art at the time... which was also a reflection of my identity. My current Wunderwall was composed in collaboration with our children. Four young adults who each have their own preferences when it comes to experiencing art. All in all, it is the reflection of a moment of coexistence."
The Wunderwall of JasonWhy did Jason start with his Wunderwall?Jason Poiriers parents were both active in the art trade. "I saw all that art at home and of course I wanted to make my own story. It actually started with presents, for example a work by Walter Swennen for my eighteenth birthday. My father used to give me something small and he would point me towards interesting auctions. I got and bought a bit of everything. I really wanted a variety of things and made a patchwork with them. I have always enjoyed doing that.In every house I ever lived in, I had such a wall. Depending on the room, it was bigger or smaller, of course." Jason's Wunderwall is still changing all the time. "Every month I change something. I find playing and constantly changing fascinating. When you have visitors, it's interesting to see which works trigger people, what they make of it."Sometimes Jason is asked to help when someone wants to create their own Wunderwall. "It's striking to what extent a white, tightly plastered wall is almost sacred to many people... The threshold for putting nails into the wall is sometimes very high,' Jason laughs. 'just let it go and start playing with it. Because it is already such a chaos, you don't have to think too hard about it. For example, there is a small work by Jozef Peeters from 1923 hanging here next to a Keith Haring and a Rambo drawing by Beni Bischof, how strange is that really?In this living space I try to focus on everything that is paper, there are no paintings. In a more limited composition, the mixture of works on paper and paintings works for me, but on such a large wall, there would be too much chaos."