View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Lucy McKenzie, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini

Villa De Ooievaar

Date: 2016
Medium: Installation
Collection: Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin - Acquisition 2016

In 2014, Lucy McKenzie became the owner of De Ooievaar (Villa Stork), a listed Modernist villa built in Oostende in 1935 by the Belgian architect Jozef De Bruycker. McKenzie is restoring the house with the intention of using it as a site in which to unite the various parts of her practice – decorative and applied arts, collaborative projects and appropriation – and as a vehicle for researching the Belgian Interbellum, a period with a complex and problematic history.

The villa will be renovated in a way that is faithful to its original material and design, while also incorporating subtle changes that will transform it into an “appropriated artist’s house”. For Joining Forces with the Unknown, Lucy McKenzie presents a scaled model of the villa, a rug, tables, as well as trompe-l’oeil still life pieces, abstract paintings, and axonometric maps, created fir De Ooievaar in collaboration with artisans and designers.
The film Villa De Ooievaar digital render (work in progress) continues Lucy McKenzie’s working relationship with interior designer Frederik Depuydt,

Bride Club Breche II
Framed oil on canvas

V&A Paonazzo
Framed oil on canvas

Axonometric plans I-III
Guache and pencil on papier, framed

De Ooievaar Scale model
Plastic, painted plastic, etched plastic

Bedroom table
Painted wood, glass, hand-made carpet, oil on canvas

Side tables I & II
Wood, stained wood veneer, glass, metal, oil on canvas

Veranda sofa
Wood, stained wood veneer, upholstered fabric, oil on canvas

Frederik Depuydt (maquette maker)
M. Van Den Steen (upholstery)
Johan Wambacq (consultant architecture)
Laurent Gielis (furniture maker)
Cimesac (metalwork)
Ora Pro Nobis (carpet)
Alison Yip, Josefine Reisch et Aleksandra Chauchova (painting assistance)
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Lucy McKenzie, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Lucy McKenzie, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Lucy McKenzie, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini

Production specifications

The Foundation team and the artists produce working elements and images of the works at different stages of production (sketches, mock-ups, prototypes, etc.).
02 October 2017
11 October 2016
02 June 2016
02 June 2016
14 May 2016
 
11 May 2016
30 March 2016
18 March 2016
19 January 2016
19 January 2016