Born in 1938 in Liège, Wuidar has explored geometric abstraction for over 60 years. His approach is informed by and connected to architecture and its concerns of light, space, volume and perspective.
Wuidar often cites his childhood recollections of post-war Belgium as formative to the development of his practice, as well as his friendship with the late Belgian architect Charles Vandenhove, who designed the Brutalist house and studio in Esneux where the artist now lives and works.
A drawing and graphic arts teacher since 1959, early on Wuidar explored many different artistic styles through self-directed study – naturalistic illustrations were as much part of his practice as were still lifes or works inspired by Cubism and Surrealism. By the 1960s, Wuidar directed his focus fully to a form of painting that would ultimately define his career.
White Cube presents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia at White Cube Hong Kong from 17th January – 16th March 2024. His solo exhibition ‘Léon Wuidar : une peinture à géométrie variable’ is currently on view at Bonisson Contemporary Art Center in Rognes, Aix-en-Provence, France, until 17th September 2023.
– The artist is jointly represented by White Cube and rodolphe janssen.
About the artist
Léon Wuidar was born in 1938 in Liège and lives and works in Esneux, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Léon Wuidar’, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London (2022); ‘Léon Wuidar. Travaux sur papier’, Galerie LRS52, Liège, Belgium (2022); ‘La peinture au quotidien, 2001–2021’, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2021); Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu, Belgium (2021); ‘Léon Wuidar’, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2020); White Cube Mason’s Yard, London (2018); ‘Inventaire’, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2018); White Cube Bermondsey, London (2018); ‘Mot à mots’, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2017); ‘Paintings from the 80s’, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2016); Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels (2010); L’Espace du Dedans, Lille (2009); and Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn, Germany (2007). His work was also included in numerous group exhibitions including ‘L’abstraction géométrique belge’, Mouans-Sartoux, France (2015); ‘Abstractions géométriques belges’, BAM, Mons, Belgium (2014); ‘Un siècle d’art abstrait’, Musée René Magritte, Brussels (2010); ‘François Jacqmin’, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Liège (2005); ‘Meditazione, Uno sguardo su alcuni artisti belgi’, Ville Ponti, Ricerca, Italy (2001); and ‘Pure Abstract Art’, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands (1999).
His work is held in international public collections including Musée des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Bibliothèque Albertine, Brussels; Femmeldetechnisches Zentralamt, Darmstadt, Germany; Dorstener Maschinenfabrik, Dorsten, Germany; Fondation IDAC, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands; Musée d’Art Wallon, Liège, Belgium; Cabinet des Estampes, Liège, Belgium; Musée en plein air du Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium; Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium; Fondation Meeus, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Musée de Mariemont, Morlanwelz, Belgium; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Verviers, Belgium; Centres Pompidou, Paris; Frac Normandie Rouen, France; and Musée des Arts Contemporains Grand-Hornu, Belgium.