Anti-Fashion is the first major Cindy Sherman retrospective in Belgium. Discover the satirical and socially critical portraits of this world-famous artist during an active tour with a FOMU guide.
This tour is available from Saturday 28.09.2024 to Sunday 02.02.2025
FOMU brings the American photographer Cindy Sherman (US, 1954), one of the most important living artists, to Antwerp. The Anti-Fashion exhibition departs from a fashion perspective and shows the interaction between her free work and her assignments from the fashion industry. Since the 1980s, Sherman has worked with influential designers and fashion houses such as Comme des Garcons, John Galliano and Chanel, as well as magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Sherman's interest in the fashion world is subversive: she questions the system with all its pitfalls. Her photographs show figures that invert all conventions of haute couture and the usual representations of beauty. For Sherman, fashion is a starting point for critical questions about stereotypes, gender and ageing. Through grotesque exaggeration she wants to expose visual clichés and question ideals of beauty. Over the years you can see that she closely relates to the dominant media at that time. Her work reflects the increasing digitization of our visual culture and increasingly far-reaching forms of manipulation, which inevitably influence our self-image.
This exhibition is part of the festive year ENSOR 2024. FOMU links up with ENSOR 2024 by translating the issues from James Ensor's oeuvre into a contemporary artistic context. Like Ensor, the American artist Cindy Sherman is known for her critical and ironic commentary on social conventions through masquerades. The exhibition Cindy Sherman - Anti-Fashion in FOMU covers several floors, in a specially developed scenography. A unique opportunity to see so much of Sherman's work together.
What to expect?
During a 1.5-hour tour, the guide frames Sherman's oeuvre and picks out a few works of art to go into more detail
The guide stimulates you to take a conscious and in-depth look at the works of art
The guide uses techniques such as Visual Thinking Strategies to encourage conversation
It is possible to reserve whisper sets (audio amplification) for your tour (max. 2 groups at the same time). Please reserve this in advance by email.
- This guided tour is suitable for groups of adults
- Maximum 20 persons per group. You can book this visit with 2 groups at the same time. Every half hour 2 new groups can start.
- Duration: 90 minutes
- The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. There are also portable stools for those with reduced mobility.
For group visits with a guide, FOMU works together with booking platform Experience Antwerp. For all practical questions about your booking you can contact them directly on +32 3 205 56 05