In progress: Paul McCarthy’s solo show at Brussels’ Charles Riva Collection

With only a week to go before the opening of Charles Riva Collection’s solo show of American provocative prankster Paul McCarthy, we dropped by the loft-like gallery to get a preview of the show’s preparations. Amongst the boxes, bubble wrap and brown tape, the first signs of a show slowly begin to appear: McCarthy’s “Silver Santa” (2009) throning atop a box, several of the 79 photographs from his “Pirate Party” Portfolio (2005) waiting to be hung and a range of other video, photographic, editioned and original sculptural work still waiting to be handled with care. With everything that McCarthy is known for – layer upon layer of irony, a heavy dose of organised chaos and an ability to twist the familiar into something you wish wasn’t, it really is his “Pirate Party” Portfolio (2005) as well as Heidi” (1993), the oldest work in the collection and a collaborative video made together with Mike Kelley, that promise this show to be one of the strongest (and most ambitious) of the year.

Photographer Joke De Wilde

Paul McCarthy: Selected Works

Opening night Thursday 28th April
The show will also be open on Friday 29th of April, for Art Brussels’ Gallery night, and closes 2nd October
Charles Riva Collection
Rue de la Concordestraat 21
1050 Brussels
charlesrivacollection.com