Omar Ba A Journey Beyond Illusion

Focus Exhibition


Omar BA "Dispersion devant l’impasse" 2021

Omar Ba’s work (1977, Senegal) is characterised by its enigmatic nature and its great poetic intensity. He seeks to express his subconscious and his symbolic interpretation of reality, therefor contrasting with the common didactic narrative. The artist deals with themes such as chaos, destruction and dictatorship, draping his political discourse in a veil of poetry thanks to a pictorial language that is entirely his own, both fierce and delicate.

Omar Ba lives and works between Dakar, Geneva, Brussels, Paris and New York. Divided between several continents, he thus develops a mindset resulting from a permanent hybridisation, far from the stereotypes attached to his African roots. This hybridity is also found in his paintings where organic touches and flamboyant colours mix, using various forms, techniques and textures (acrylic, gouache, pencil and even typex). Ba paints on a black background (on corrugated cardboard or canvas), thus asking the viewer to literally and metaphorically adapt to the darkness.

Some twenty large-format canvases, created especially for the exhibition, will be presented to the public at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. His iconography, which is both politically and socially engaged, but also imbued with personal mythology, raises historical and timeless questions, while radiating a resolutely contemporary artistic message, which can be found in artists close to surrealism and symbolism. Omar Ba denounces the chaos of the world with his brush.


Exhibition with the support of the Gallery Templon

Practical informations


Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Mail  / +32 (0)2 508 32 11


Tuesday- Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Weekends: 11:00 - 18:00

The ticket offices close half an hour before closing time.
On 24/12 and 31/12 the museums close at 14:00


+ 1 January | 1 May | 23 June | 1 & 11 November | 25 December
+ 2nd Thursday of January



Admission with a ticket for the Old Masters Museum


Adult (19-64 years) 15,00 €
Senior (+65 years) 10,00 €
Student (-26 years) 5,00 €
Youth (6-18 years)  0,00 €
Child (-6 years) 0,00 €
School teachers (except school group outing) 5,00 €
Person with disability / 1 accompanying visitor (price p.p.) 5,00 €
Belgian job seekers and integration income beneficiaries 5,00 €
Friends of the RMFAB / ICOM / BELSPO 0,00 €
Fed+ card holder 10,00 €
Press 0,00 €
A proof of eligibility is required for all reduced fees