Roland van den Berghe

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An interview with Belgian visual artist Roland Van Den Berghe, as part of the exhibition ‘Free as the Air and Function’. Van den Berghe, wearing a Queen Fabiola mask, discusses the way icons and doctrines are created in an artificial way and the role art plays to break through these straitjackets. Suiting the action to the word, he distributed the images of Belgian icons Queen Fabiola and Eddie Merckx as colouring images with the slogan ‘make your own art’. Part of the BRT (Belgian radio and television broadcast network) television series series ’Zoeklicht’ (’Searchlight’).

00’00" Leader. 00’07" Titles. 00’15" Photographs and drawings by Roland van den Berghe. 00’45" The artist, his face hidden behind a mask of Queen Fabiola drawn by himself, talking about the theme of his exhibition "free as the air and function". Detailed views of drawings of Fabiola and Eddy Merckx in the weekly magazine Humo. The drawings are intended to be coloured. 02’25" The artist talking about the way Belgians are manipulated by celebrities. Alternating with views of the exhibition, Eddy Merckx and iron reclining chairs. 04’20" Presentation. 04’50" Completed installation. 04’53"
(Source: Jef Cornelis 1964 - 1990, Espace Art Contemporain : Maison de la culture et de la Communication de Saint-Etienne, 1991)

Directed by Cornelis, Jef
With van den Berghe, Roland
Producer Madder, Dik
Produced by BRT