Ado Chale Exposes Himself at Bozar in Brussels

Bozar hosts Ado Chales until September 24, et his first monograph will be released in September. 

 

From 1966 to 2015, these powerful pieces which bring back the poetic trace of that creator, his romantic sweetness at the heart of the raw material and the vigorous forms that it shapes.

A craftsman in wrought iron, a gemologist, artisan, dreamer, curious, insatiable, and very much imitated, all his work is a window open on the world we are pacing: a dream journey to the heart of the earth.
His trademark? From the outset, a drawing that has freed itself from the round, the square, the rectangle, a hand that digs and traces. This hand generates forms that deviate from canonical figures. This hand will always remain free. 

©Gilles Van Den Abeele 

©Gilles Van Den Abeele 

©Gilles Hermann 

2017 will be the year of Ado Chale, the artist.
After several exhibitions that marked his career, notably in Belgium and France, Bozar hosts a retrospective of his work from 18 August to 24 September.

And his first monograph will be released on September 14th.
These two events will retrace the journey of Ado Chale, 89 years, from 1966 to 2015, bringing back before our eyes the poetic trace of this creator with powerful pieces. His daughter Ilona, who accompanies him in her work, emphasizes the “strong antithesis” which animates her father, “his romantic sweetness” which is at the heart of the raw material and the vigorous forms that it shapes.
A craftsman in wrought iron, a gemologist, artisan, dreamer, curious, insatiable, and very much imitated, all his work is a window open on the world we are pacing: a dream journey to the heart of the earth.

 

His bronze drop “Soleil Maya” (60s) remains an iconic piece:

It exists in several hundred copies, but its cooling process is random, and each cast, each casting of molten metal, each polishing makes it a unique piece, with its traces, ribs, scars and soul.

His mosaic tables of precious and semi-precious stones are a work of patience. This alchemist also transfigured less noble, organic, vegetable materials, such as pepper grain, mother-of-pearl or his bone button mosaics, which have made him world famous. To name a few: his schist ball piece, ranked among the 100 pieces of design of the XXth century, his volcanic console, his fire baskets, his carnelian table illuminated from below, another one in relief made of black onyx, his table with biomorphic feet on which are poured hundreds of carats of citrines, like the sand of a beach of another world, that the hand can reshape as it pleases.
We will rediscover his expedition in Arizona, and the petrified logs he extracted from the ground, brought back to Brussels by boat, sliced, transmuted into tables. And, last but not least, a few nods like his showcases created for Hermes, his menu for the Brussels Starred “Comme Chez Soi” restaurant or his dashboard for a Rolls Royce.

ADO CHALE: Retrospective of his work from 18 August to 24 September
BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be

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