Ory Dessau, Hilde Teerlinck and Philippe Van Cauteren
The fiftieth anniversary of artist Leo Copers is being marked by exhibitions at SMAK, BOZAR, M HKA and the Middelheim Museum and by a hefty book published by Ludion. The publication offers a survey of fifty years of artistic practice and shows how Copers searched right from the start for ways to connect seemingly incompatible elements, such as gas and fire, or water and electricity. This tension has been an essential element of Copers’ work right through to the present.
Dreams Are Made of This is arranged in themed sections – colour, gold, flowers, fairy tales and weapons – in an attempt to bring structure to what is an eclectic and highly diverse oeuvre. Hilde Teerlinck recorded a series of conversations with the artist that offer a personal insight into his work.
Dreams Are Made of This contains a survey of an impressive career stretching over half a century (1968–2018) making it a unique historical document for that reason alone.