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Dangerously Young

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Child in Danger, Child as Danger

01/10/2011 - 20/05/2012

Having children is a special experience: the future holds infinite possibilities. Children earn love, protection and attention, all of which give them every opportunity to develop as fully as possible. Parents and guardians do everything in their power to make this happen. ‘Children hold the key to the future’, so the saying goes: it’s a solemn promise and a wonderful outlook. But beneath all this, there lurks a fear: what if something goes wrong in their upbringing? What if the child becomes ill? What if society doesn’t give the young person room to develop? What if parents and guardians ‘fail’?

The exhibition Dangerously young. Child in danger, child as danger takes the visitor on a journey full of questions. How do artists portray the uncomplicated, sweet child? But also: how do they depict situations in which the child becomes a danger to adults? How have psychiatrists, parents or journalists described, brought up or helped children who, in one way or another, constitute a danger?

With work of: Christian Boltanski, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Oleg Dou, William Klein, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Ferdinand De Braeckeleer, Eugène Laermans, Dorothea Lange, James Mollison, Willy Kessels, Sofie Muller, Léon Frédéric, Thomas Bogaert, Gery De Smet, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Sergey Bratkov, Diane Arbus, Ruud van Empel, Banksy, Keith Haring, Henri Evenepoel, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacob Smits, Ron Mueck, Ronald Ophuis, Achiel Bentos (De Martelaere), Erró, Wu Yhe, Henri-Joseph Dillens, Elisabeth Payton, Takeshi Makishima, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Richard Wathen, Mattias Nordéus, Storm, Meredith James, Orkeny & White, Firmin Baes, Louis Gallait, Ferdinand Khnopff, Ulu Braun, Edith Maybin, Elke Andreas Boon, William Klein, Jan Yoors, Deanna Templeton, Yu Xiao, Carolein Smit, Jans Muskee, Piet Pollet, Piki & Liesbet Verschueren, Constant Permeke, Geert Goiris, Gerda Dendooven, Ilse Roman, Johan & Boris De Wilde, Karolien Soete, Pierre Jacques Dierckx, Evert Laroch, Lieve Van Stappen, Margot Dieleman, François Thévenot, Emile Thysebaert, Liévin De Winne, Jenny Montigny, Sven 't Jolle, Lucebert, Charles Hermans, Jan Verhas, Tom Schamp, Susan Anderson, Mario Giacomelli, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, David LaChapelle, Mark Cohen, Michaël Matthys, Christine Spengler, Vee Speers, Désirée Dolron, William Scott, Franco Bellucci, Hans-Jörg Georgi, Wouter Coumou, Hendrick Heffinck, Marie-Jeanne Moreau, Laurette Van Fleteren, Antony Neukens, Hubert Grooteclaes, Steve Hart, Alain Kazinierakis, Gert & Dina Dooreman, Auriea Harvey & Michael Samyn (Tale of Tales)

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour, 192-page catalogue (in Dutch and English), published by Lannoo and designed by Dooreman, with contributions from experts including Peter Adriaenssens, Bruno Vanobbergen and Gerda Dendooven.

Dangerously young is a joint venture between the Commission on Children's Rights, Kopergietery, Gezinsbond and the Dr. Guislain Museum.

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