Olivier Strebelle was born on 20 January 1927 in Uccle to an artistic family. In 2001, on the occasion of the major open-air exhibition in Paris, the press called him the “Belgian Picasso”. Strebelle is one of the most important representatives of monumental public sculpture in Belgium.
The sculptor founded “les Ateliers du Marais à Bruxelles” – one of the headquarters of the “Cobra” movement – together with Alechinsky, Reinhoud, Dotremont and Olyff. The Belgian’s sculpture is permeated by an abiding modernist desire for perfection by means of curved lines. Monumental examples of his art can be admired all over Belgium and the world.
His monumental work depicts history, architecture and people in the city. Among the works he has left are Protecting Eagle VI in Saint-Louis and Athletes’ Alley, a gift from Belgium to China on the occasion of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In Moscow, ‘The Kidnapping of Europe’ (was this Putin’s idea?) is displayed in Europe Square. In Belgium, his work can be found in several places, including ‘Confluences’ in the European Parliament in Brussels and the fountain ‘De Golf’ in Kortrijk.
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