Since 2001 Kathleen Vermeir and Ronny Heiremans have been working on a series of ‘Tableaux Vivants’, inspired on paintings, photos or even older images. In the tradition of classical as well as contemporary art the universal aspects of different human attitudes and architectural models are revealed. The settings are filled in with all kinds of constructions, mostly coloured cloths suggesting nature images. The illusion is not almighty; it is hampered by coincidental events and natural movements. In ‘The Ideal City’, made during a stay in New York, a girl in a Renaissance pose is portrayed against the background of the Manhattan skyline. At each time she is placed in a different position within the image. During one specific moment a boat is passing by: an everyday image in and ideal city constitutes a beacon in an illusionary construction in time and space.

This work has been digitised in the frame of DCA Project