Thierry Maret, s.t., acrylic on paper, 97 x 63,1cm, between 1985 and 1992. Workshop: “La Sève” Day Centre, Xhendelesse (BE). Trinkhallmuseum Collection.

FACES/BORDERS - at the Trinkhall Museum



The first season of the Trinkhall is devoted to the theme of the face. The collection offers an extraordinarily diverse and deeply moving illustration of this - as if, for forty years now, the very question of identity has been freely unfolding within the refuge of workshops. The images and sculptures in the collection seem to travel through the entire history of Art, haunted, from its origins to the present day, by the portrayal of faces. Yet the exhibition does not depict the face in its absolute or most commonly celebrated form, but focuses more on its full interrogative range. The faces in the collection transcend the boundaries of identity. They fade away, split, tear apart, interlock or multiply. They are one of many elements, witnessing fragile and fragmented, anxious or jubilant existences, carried away in the perpetual movement of their own environments. What is a face? What is being yourself? At the heart of the museum, the faces in the collection - by Inès Andouche, Antonio Brizzolari, Mawuena Kattah, Pascale Vincke and many others - interact with an overmodelled skull from New Guinea - Papua New Guinea - a Rembrandt self-portrait, a DIY figure by Louis Pons, lithographs by Bengt Lindström or James Ensor… We have also invited contemporary artists who use images to address the issues raised by the faces in the collection. Thomas Chable, Hélène Tilman, Anne de Gelas, Dany Danino and Yvon Vandycke all take part in the museum's collection, each submitting pieces that relay the theme of the face. Finally, exhibits from the Créahm, specially designed and produced for the museum opening, are very much in keeping with our continually thriving art workshop approach. The Face/Borders exhibition is something of a device enabling us to feel, experience and ponder the dizzying heights of identity.

“While lying on the tall, heavy, terrestrial grass, have you ever considered the clouds whirling by? Plump ghosts or, higher up, sails stretching out into a smile… The sky is populated; populated by floating faces, multiplying. Initially dispersed, but rapidly in abundance and still emerging vividly and undulating.

Not all of them are identical, but they are alike. They are forward-facing, mobile, unpredictable, exuberant, lacking in depth, body and colour. They are crowding one another. They appear to come from an active, anarchic generation which proliferates and engulfs. The sky is populated by faces silently shaping solitude.” (Lucienne Strivay)

Jean-Michel Wuilbeaux, Le moral en arc de cercle, 2007, painting on canvas, Paul Duhem Foundation Collection.

À tout n’a rien gagner - Jean-Michel Wuilbeaux at the Trinkhall Museum

Born in Valenciennes in 1968, Jean-Michel Wuilbeaux has been attending the Pommeraie (Beloeil) workshop since 1990 where he has been developing an exceptionally dense piece, painted, but also written, on canvas or loose sheets of paper. Jean-Michel Wuilbeaux's paintings, drawings and words run free among consciences and preconceived ideas. The museum’s first monographic exhibition is dedicated to him, in close collaboration with the Paul Duhem Foundation ( and Bruno Gérard, head of the Plastic Arts workshop at the Pommeraie.