Maison Bu

Welcome to Forwart Gallery in Hasselt, located at Maison Bu

Expo: Breaking Boundaries

“Breaking Boundaries” is a new hybrid concept where art, design and beauty are combined to establish a cohesive, intimate, and personal experience. For this initiative Maison Bu (personal beauty experience) partnered up with Forwart Gallery (contemporary mixed-media art gallery) and Objects With Narratives (international contemporary gallery for collectible design). It takes place in a former renovated post office right in the city center of Hasselt, Belgium. While the left wing houses all facilities for the Maison Bu, the right wing extends the experience into art and design. Here contemporary artists and designers come together to redesign a space that alludes to the historical architecture of the building. Each piece displayed, distinctively conveys their own story, and as a collective, transmits the values of an ongoing dialogue between the artists.

Pictures by Tijs Vervecken

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About Forwart Gallery

Forwart Gallery is a contemporary art gallery for the unusual, unexpected and unique. We offer unique artworks to our international buyers who share our passion for the extraordinary. We put a spotlight on artists from the international art scene whom we deeply admire for their explosive talent and limitless creativity. Their incomparable ability to let us share in feelings, emotions, ideas, issues, and concepts that count make us want to take another look at their work.

Artists on show:

Guy Leclef

“Strips of paper deployed like paint, thick accreations, thin layers, sliced, impregnated, cut and pasted: this is the raw material that forms the basis of Guy Leclef’s artworks. His oeuvre represents a perpetual quest for the essence of things. Varied and exhilarating art, moulded from a mountain of waste paper. Through his signature attention to detail, he transforms his paper art into an experience. Call it poetic recycling.”


Johannes Schoonhoven

“His reliefs are made out of paper mache. His work is based on, lines, squares, light, shadow and repetition. From his early twenties he has been visiting the Franciscan fraternities and contemplative monasteries, where he gets a lot of inspiration. Jan Schoonhoven Jr. lives and makes his art works in a town called Amstelveen, next to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.”


Corine van Voorbergen

“Through her minimalistic round art forms she focusses on the idea of eternal movement. In her current series ‘Through the Brass Eye of the Beholder’ she evokes a certain feeling in the viewer through her use of colour, visual depth, texture and natural flow.”


Nathalie Van der Massen

“His participation in this discourse is remarkable. He used to work in the offshore oil industry, from where he derived his love for stainless steel. Being inspired by abstract art, minimalism, and kinetic sculpture, the artist has acquired an ethereal, kinetic approach of his own.”


Dylan Martinez

“Inspired by Trompe L’œil, H2O/SiO2 is hot sculpted glass hand molded entirely by the artist. The trapped movement of the rising bubbles and the gesture of the forms convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they appear: bags of water.”


Yumiko Yoneda Round 10422 Ø 68x12cm 2022 Modeling paste, plaster, polystyrene

Yumiko Yoneda

“Yoneda’s work breaths concentration, subtlety and sensuality. She creates step by step her sculptures into a smooth rounded perfection. Usually white, sometimes gray. If the daylight strikes the sculpture, it feels empty and full at the same time.”


Pepe Valenti

“When looking out across the sea towards the horizon, I see a magical phenomenon where an infinite number of sparkling reflections are created by the sunlight hitting the water’s sur- face. The movement of the waves creates an aesthetic harmony of darting light reflection which becomes a moment I am mesmerized by.”