Marthe Wéry is one of the most famous Belgian women artists of her generation. She got known with her poetic installations of monochrome coloured panels. When installed in a space, these paintings form together a new composition and get into a dialogue with the surrounding architecture. Though she is often categorized as an analytical painter, typical for her generation, it appears in her writing she felt more related to the spirituality of the Polish Constructivist Strzeminski or Barnett Newman.
Wéry lived and worked her whole life in Brussels. She studied at the Grande Chaumière in Paris. Her artistic career started when she took part in the famous Fundamental Painting exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1975, exhibited at dokumenta 6 in Kassel in 1977 and represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 1982. In 1982 she had a solo exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. In 2011 the Gemeentemuseum organized an exhibition with an overview of her work, entitled The Power of Simplicity and recently, the museum exhibited an overview of her works on paper. In 2001 she had a solo exhibition at Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and in 2004 she installed an impressive solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts of Tournai (BE), including a catalogue Les couleurs du monochrome. Her work has been collected internationally by several private and public institutions, such as the Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris.
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