Bee Raft |  diptych, oil on poplar wood


The meridian of the heart  

a visual journey through poems by Paul Celan


Guest exhibition Jan Mulder at Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen, Belgium

November 12, 2020 - January 20, 2021


The meridian of the heart  

Paintings and travel impressions by Jan Mulder with poems by Paul Celan


New dates will be announced in due course   


On the occasion of Paul Celan's 100th day of of birth, November 23, Dutch visual artist Jan Mulder is a guest at the Kazerne Dossin. The opening of the exhibition would have coincided with the start of the congress Celan in the eyes of others, in collaboration with Poetry Centre Ghent, the Institute for Jewish Studies (IJS) of the University of Antwerp and the Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel. 


The congress has been cancelled; the exhibition has been postponed.


Kazerne Dossin 

Goswin de Stassartstraat 153

B-2800 Mechelen Belgium





“At first sight it is real action-painting, the bright colors rapidly applied to the canvas all at once. But the addition of dripping grids, of sudden rectangular blocks of color in one of the two parts, once again restores order. And this is all done with great command of painting techniques. A poetic translation in paint of the condition humaine, which, as described by philosopher Octavio Paz, is characterised in our culture by being constantly torn between rationality and romanticism.” 


Jan Hein Sassen, former Conservator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

(…) To a remarkable degree, Mulder has mastered the full and exacting use of voids to express fulness. François Cheng, the historian of Chinese art, in his Empty and Full, makes the point when he writes , in reference to the space in Chinese paintings, is emptiness that foster interaction, even transmutation, between heaven and earth, and thereby, between space and time.

 ‘The Dark (Light) Inside the Light (Dark)’ 2005,  Dominique Nahas, New York City