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Farewell Jan Hoet

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Farewell Jan Hoet  - East-Indian ink & acrylic on paper 39 x 26 cm

Belgian contemporary art director Jan Hoet, who organized a major exhibition in private homes and curated Germany’s Documenta art fair, died Thursday. He was 77. Hoet was known for his outspokenness and criticized art snobs and politicians who did not get the point of modern art. In the process, his rasping, down-to-earth style brought contemporary art within the reach of everyone, making him a beloved Belgian cultural icon. His fame spilled beyond the border and he became curator for major exhibitions from Germany to China. “He was invaluable,” painter Luc Tuymans said of Hoet, who bought his first work and was instrumental in making Tuymans a global name in contemporary painting. “He took art out of the museum and into the city, and it made him very special,” Tuymans said.

Hoet, an amateur boxer, loved to clash. As part of the 2000 “Over the Edges” exhibition in his beloved Ghent, where he was museum curator, he let artist Jan Fabre drape columns of a university auditorium in slabs of ham. The goal? To put art at the heart of the social debate. “He was one of the greatest,” Fabre said.

Hoet kept going with new projects even though his health declined with the years. “Death is the biggest liberation,” he said. (Washington Post)
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he was the best!