Art deco cupboard hand-painted in the style of Kandinsky, Belgium
There's a true art history story to be told through this piece.
In the time of his avant-garde art space, Peers painted this storage piece in the manner of Kandinsky to be able to reimburse a supplier. A well known and frequently used practice in the world of the emerging artists.
In 1981 Annie Gentils opened the Montevideo exhibition space together with her then boyfriend Stan Peers at the port of Antwerp. Montevideo was located in a vacant warehouse of the same name, borrowed from the capital of Uruguay. It was one of the fifteen harbor warehouses of the South America Line that were built in 1895 at the Kattendijkdok. The warehouses no longer met shipping salvage standards and had been vacant since the 1950s. The Montevideo warehouse had an area of 2000 square meters and a symmetrical structure with three gates on each side, steel pillars, wooden walls and a cobblestone floor.
With Montevideo, Gentils and Peers wanted to respond to the need of young artists for stages for their work. The initiators' objective was to create a meeting point for national and international experimental art activities; a dynamic place where artists could exhibit ''without having to plod through all kinds of selection standards''. With their exhibition space, Gentils and Peers did not oppose existing museums or galleries at all, but wanted to be a point of contact and promote the flow to the 'official' art institutions. From 1981 to 1985 they presented a wide range of exhibitions and performances, in addition to fashion shows, concerts, dance, theater and film.
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian-French painter and printmaker. His painting style initially belonged to expressionism, sometimes also referred to as symbolism. Kandinsky was one of the painters who gave form and philosophical ground to abstract art in the first quarter of the twentieth century.