Mimesis is a new monumental sculpture by artist Lili Dujourie, commissioned by the city of Antwerp on the occasion of the reopening of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) in the autumn of 2022.
Mimesis is a surprising and unique work of art in more than one way. It is the first work that Lili Dujourie makes for public space, as well as her first work made in bronze. Dujourie's sculpture makes unexpected use of the plinth that flanks the left side of the museum's entrance stairs. Traditionally, pedestals serve to create a distance between the image and the viewer, between the artwork and the 'ordinary world'. Here, however, the work of art reaches down to the ground: it takes root in the Leopold de Waelplaats and finds firm soil in the shared public space of the city. Dujourie thus connects the museum with the world and shortens the distance between the street and the grand museum building.