Espace H18, 18 place du Châtelain, 1050 Brussels

Wabi Sabi Shima – Of the Aesthetics of Perfection and Chaos in the Japanese Archipelago


Ryoko Aoki, Yukari Araki, Renaud Auguste Dormeuil, Nicolas Floc’h, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Camille Henrot, Mitsuhiro Ikeda, Zon Ito, Takuro Kuwata, José Levy,  Shunsuke François Nanjo, painters of the Shijō School, Yoshiro Suda, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Risaku Suzuki, Yosuke Takeda, Takeo Tanabe Shochiku III, Philippe Terrier-Hermann, Satoru Toma, Kaoru Usukubo, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Eric Van Hove, Michael Whittle, Miwa Yanagi, Tomotaka Yasui, Yamabe Yasushi, Akiyama Yo, Tomoko Yoneda, Ayako Yoshimura

Curators : Nathalie Guiot and Philippe Terrier-Hermann

The exhibition Wabi Sabi Shima gathers a selection of artists from the contemporary Japanese art scene with a group of European artists influenced by the Land of the Rising Sun. More than 60 works will be presented, several of which have never before been exhibited in Europe. A ripe terrain for fascination and artistic interrogation, Japanese culture never ceases to intrigue in its particularity. Wabi sabi is the embodiment of Japanese beauty, and a concept that illustrates key notions in Japanese aesthetics: Wabi represents the notion of refinement through simplicity, while sabi explores the concept of weathering over time. The exhibition Wabi Sabi Shima offers a journey into the heart of a culture that celebrates the perfection of imperfection, nature, and simplicity without eschewing politics, collective memory, terrestrial violence. Programmed to coincide with the contemporary art fair Art Brussels, Wabi Sabi Shima follows Found in Translation (2013) – an exploration of the Belgian art scene – and Textiles Languages (2014) on the Indian art scene. Each exhibition reflects Thalie Art Foundation’s mission to promote cross-cultural exchange.


Around the exhibition

Performance Emmanuelle Huynh and Eiko Otake

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May at 5 pm  — upon réservation

Hangar H18 – place du Châtelain 18 – 1050 Ixelles

Pointligneplan and Japan, films

Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May — screening at 8 pm and 10 pm

Cinéma des Galeries, Galerie de la Reine, 1000, Bruxelles



From 24th April till 24th May 2015

Hours : 
From Wednesday to Sunday – 12 pm to 6 pm

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

During Art Brussels from Friday 24th till Monday 27th April –  open from 10 am to 6 pm

Hangar H18
 – place du Châtelain 18, Ixelles, 1050 Bruxelles Belgique

Entrance : 6€ – Adults  /  4€ – under 18 years, seniors, unemployed  /  Free -under 12 years, art students

Guided tour – 12€ (entrance included) – 45 min – On Wednesday / Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and upon reservation –



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