Villa De Ooievaar
Born in 1977 at Glasgow (United Kingdom), lives and works in Bruxelles (Belgique).
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)
The Fondation preserves and documents traces of the works at various stages of their creation (sketches, models, prototypes, etc.).