20 OCTOBER 2023–14 JANUARY 2024
Dieric Bouts, ‘The Fall of the Damned’, ca. 1450
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille
© RMN-Grand Palais (PBA, Lille) / Stéphane Maréchalle

‘Republic Attack Gunships on Geonosis’
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002), Ryan Church
© Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles

To this day, Dieric Bouts (c.1410-1475) has mainly been known as a ‘Flemish Primitive of the second generation’ or the ‘painter of silence’ and is considered one of the most important Flemish Masters alongside Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van der Weyden.

In the context of  the 'New Horizons | Dieric Bouts Festival', the exhibition gathers 30 of Bouts’ works in Leuven, the city where he spent much of his life and painted his best panels. Never before have so many works by the Flemish master been brought together in his hometown.

This extensive exhibition and imposing tribute, takes a radical approach to Bouts’ work, presenting him as the ‘image maker’ who excelled in painting what was expected of him. Bouts is confronted by our contemporary image-makers: sports photographers, filmmakers and game developers. Presented side by side, their works raise a fundamental question: can Bouts’ technical magic tricks still be found today?