The child is the focus in the Hidden in Silence exhibition. The Parisian artist André Goezu, originally from Antwerp, was one of the hidden children during the war. His hideout was the rural town of Wuustwezel, a place from which André took most of his inspiration to reconstruct his early childhood memories. Over the years he managed to shape his family history through his art. This exhibition tells the story of a boy who managed to survive the Holocaust and despite of everything found a warm place he could call home.
About the exhibition
The start of the war brings forth distress and anxiety in the Jewish-Belgian Goezu household. It becomes apparent very early what the German occupation means for the Jews in Belgium. Andrés father is deported from the Dossin Barracks to Auschwitz-Birkenau and does not survive the war. His mother stays behind with her two small sons and their niece. For three years they are on the run and seek a safe hideout with multiple families. André ends up with a family in Wuustwezel where he feels safe and protected, all the while his family is being torn apart by the war.
Hidden in Silence discloses the unseen sides of having to hideout. Through recurring themes André Goezu describes his palpable disconnection from his own family and the fear he felt during that period but also an intense bond that he was able to forge with the family that took him in. At times melancholic and nostalgic but never somber, the artist revisits his childhood memories in his artwork.
Hidden in Silence gives us an overview of André Goezu’s oeuvre and sheds some light on the events of his childhood which would shape his eventual artistic career in a fundamental way. With the utmost subtlety André Goezu waves his own Jewish identity through his art pieces thus telling a very personal story of the war years. His paintings, etchings and monotypes possess such vibrant symbolism in which past and future, reality and illusion flow together.
The children’s route
The temporary exhibition Hidden in Silence tells the story of city boy André. During the war he hides out with a family in a rural town. He finds himself in a totally different environment in the midst of nature. This exhibition tells the story of a boy who managed to survive the Holocaust and despite of everything found a warm place he could call home. These memories form the basis of his later conceived artwork. Are you between 6 and 12 years old? Discover this artistic family route of the exhibition with your parents. We dare you to look at the paintings from the perspective of your childlike wonderment. Only available in Dutch and French.
About André Goezu
André Goezu (°1939, Antwerp) graduates from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the National Higher Art Institute. He is a guest lecturer at the Royal Academy and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. From 1968 onwards he resides and works in Paris. In 1991 he became a member of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten. He received numerous awards among which the “Etching Award’ and the “Three yearly Art of Painting Award” from the Province of Antwerp. His works of art are part of several permanent collections in museums, for example the Picture cabinet of Brussels, Antwerp and Paris, the Museo e fondazione E. Pagani in Milan, the Museum of Dimona in Israel, the Rockefeller Art Center in New York and the Museum of Montreal in Canada but also in other organizations among which the Belgian state and the Royal Library. André Goezu showcased his work in over 100 exhibitions worldwide.
Kazerne Dossin, Goswin de Stassartstraat 153, 2800 Mechelen
Tickets: €6 (adults) – €4 (< 21) – free of charge (< 10)
Languages: Dutch- French – English – German