Fondation A Stichting
The Fondation A Stichting
presents the exhibition

Henry Wessel

Summer Light

from 22 September to 15 December 2019
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Santa Barbara, California, 1977
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Is there light in shade? Through this exhibition, the Fondation A Stichting has chosen to pay tribute to the great American photographer Henry Wessel who died barely a year ago. From the mid 1960s Henry Wessel produced numerous photographs demonstrating his curiosity for relational dialectics between nature and civilisation. In 1975 he took part in the memorable exhibition, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape that included artists such as Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, as well as Nicholas Nixon, recently featured at the Fondation A Stichting. Henry Wessel chose California for its tangible quality of light, a bright light outlining and setting everything in place. His often seemingly frontal, direct and subtle images nevertheless highlight a curious feeling of incongruity. Henry Wessel’s black and white photographs, taken out and about with a small format camera, – including at night or just before daybreak – often from behind the wheel of his car, are glimpses of daily life that are captured in a flash. Some are Incidents where each gesture, each image leads to another, initiating a narrative.

This exhibition was possible thanks to the kind collaboration of Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.

© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Williamsburg, Virginia, 1987
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Incidents No. 6, From the portfolio Incidents, 2012
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Traffic No. 2 From the portfolio Traffic, 2012
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Traffic No. 4, From the portfolio Traffic, 2012
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Incidents No. 5, From the portfolio Incidents, 2012
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Incidents No. 21, From the portfolio Incidents, 2012
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
San Francisco, California, 1973
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Snowmass, CO, 1973
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
San Francisco, 1977
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Night Walk No.49, From the portfolio Night Walk, 1988
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Waikiki No 01, 1979
© The Estate Henry Wessel, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

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

Adrien Nuttens
reception - technical departement

Anne Quévy
graphics

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

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  • Vander Haegen & C°
  • Banque de Luxembourg

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