Fondation A Stichting
The Fondation A Stichting
presents the exhibition

Nicholas Nixon

from 20 January to 31 March 2019
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
The Brown Sisters, 2017
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Nicholas Nixon (born in Detroit, Michigan in 1947) is a unique and landmark entity in the history of photography in recent decades. His artistic portrait work, harnessing the descriptive potential of the camera, reveals both what is seen and what for the most part remains invisible. Nicholas Nixon’s photographs capture fleeting, suggestive and impossible to describe moments such as love, passion, happiness, suffering, intimacy, passing time and solitude. Their ability to convey emotions bestows his work with a universal value. Less stereotypical discourse, they question the enigmatic depths of the human soul encompassing couples, families, the sick and the elderly. Nixon approaches these glimpses of real life at his fingertips with a large format camera inducing proximity and the cooperation of the subjects photographed.

This exhibition organised by the Fundación MAPFRE de Madrid in partnership with the Fondation A Stichting, presents a broad selection of his photographs from the various series created by Nicholas Nixon. Kehrer Verlag has published the exhibition catalogue.

© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
View of Battery Plaza, New York City, 1975
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Plant City Florida, 1982
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
J.A., E.A., Dorchester, Massachusetts, 2001
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
F.K., Boston, 1984
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Our Bedroom Curtain, Brookline, 2017
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
The Brown Sisters, 2016
© Nicholas Nixon, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Practical info

Fondation A Stichting
Av. Van Volxem, 304 bte 1
1190 – Brussels
tel: +32 (0)2 502 38 78
info@fondationastichting.be
 

Opening hours
From Wednesday to Sunday: 13.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Visits by appointment outside opening hours can be arranged

Admission
Adults: 4€
Students, teachers, seniors, job seekers: 2€
Children under 12: free

Every first Wednesday of the month: 0€

Guided visits (20 people)
School groups: free (by reservation)
Adults groups: 25€ + 2€ per person

Getting here
Tram: 82 & 97, WIELS stop
Bus: 49 & 50, WIELS stop
Train: Brussels South (‘Midi’) Station
Car: Exit 17, Anderlecht Industrie, direction Centre-Albert

Accessible to wheelchair users

Fondation A Stichting

In October 2012, the Fondation A Stichting opened its doors in south Brussels on the site of the former Bata factories. Created upon the initiative of Astrid Ullens de Schooten, and recognized as a promoting the public interest, it has a vocation to support the creation, knowledge, and preservation of the photographic image. 

The Foundation organizes three temporary exhibitions each year, accompanied with workshops on reading and writing the image designed for youths and children. High-school and university students are invited to come and engage in dialogue with the artists during their visits, Premières Découvertes. The Fondation is settled in a formerly industrial area of the town which has gradually been transformed into a residential neighborhood with many sites devoted to artistic creation. As a cultural actor, the Fondation’s desire is to participate in the life of this neighborhood. A genuine platform devoted to the photographic image, the Fondation A Stichting also works toward forming partnerships for exhibition and book projects organized in collaboration with Belgian and international cultural institutions.

© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Lee Friedlander, A, 1978-1979
© Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Découverte

Découverte is in part financed by the sales of exhibition entry tickets and catalogues. This program offers, among other things, meetings with the invited artists, guided visits, reading workshops and workshops on writing the photographic image. For schools and associations devoted to children and adolescents, the exhibitions and guided visits are accessible free of charge.

During the Premières Découvertes children, pupils, and students are invited to come and meet the artist a little before the opening of the exhibition. In these moments of intense and spontaneous exchange, the artist will talk about his life, his photographical work, and reply to people’s questions.

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Team & Partners

Astrid Ullens de Schooten
president

Jean-Paul Deridder
director - programming - curator

Marta Bassan
assistant - reception

Jean-Luc Foubert
reception - technical departement

Anne Quévy
graphics

Steve Corcoran, Wouter Meeus, Beryl Muller, Charlotte Woilliez, Louise Jabonowska, Brice Matthieussent
translation

With the support of

  • Fondation Engie
  • Vander Haegen & C°
  • Banque de Luxembourg

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