Valérie Delarue was invited by Keramis – Ceramics Center of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to take part in the exhibition “Les Bucoliques. Allegory of the living”. On this occasion, she presents the sculpture “Holy” and a set of drawings.

From April 06 to August 25, 2024, Keramis brings together some fifteen artists who mobilize nature to evoke contemporary concerns.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the collection Les Bucoliques, written by the Latin poet Virgil (70-19 BC) between 42 and 37 BC. Through scenes from the life of a shepherd, Virgil indirectly evokes the political situation of his time and transposes the idyllic Arcadia to his native Roman countryside. It is also a nod to pastoral poetry, a literary genre in its own right known since antiquity and which inspired porcelain in the 18th century.

Following a similar principle of transposition from one context to another, the works in this exhibition transport us from the sometimes innocuous evocation of the natural world – of country life, flowers, trees, birds or animals, real or imaginary – to other realities in direct contact with urbanistic, political, social or environmental preoccupations that are as salient today as they were at the different times when pastoral poetry resurfaced.The works presented do not simply represent or imitate nature in the broadest sense, but transform it into a medium for metaphorical or symbolic representation.


“Les Bucoliques. Allegory of the living
April 6 – August 25 2024

Keramis – Centre de la Céramique
de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (asbl)
1 Place des Fours-Bouteilles
7100 La Louvière, Belgium

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