God zien

Seeing God
Lying in Moses’ lap are the Ten Commandments that God gave him on Mount Horeb in the wilderness of Sinai. When Moses asked to see His face, God answered, “I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take my hand away and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus33, 22-23)

WICKERT Johannes, Moses Wants to See God.








The coming of the First Industrial Revolution meant that goods were no longer made by hand but by machine. The subordination of man and nature to the economy has led to an unprecedented rise in personal wealth, but it has also caused social disruption on a grand scale.
WICKERT Johannes, In a Knot.








In the 19th century, the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach saw religion as an illusion that satisfied man’s longings as compensation for his limitations and mortality.
WICKERT Johannes,Illusion . (detail)








Most of the churches of Western Europe underwent an exodus following the Second World War. In Belgium, Sunday attendance dropped from about 80 percent in 1830 to almost half that in the second half of the 1940s, 24 percent in 1976 and 5.4 percent in 2009.
WICKERT Johannes, Supper 2008.








Radical individualists not only lack empathy but are also immune to every form of transcendence. A bleak loneliness is the depressing fate that awaits them.
WICKERT Johannes, Loneliness I & II.







Ikke en de rest kan stikke

Looking out for number one
Our society is filled with egoists, narcissists and hedonists.
WICKERT Johannes, I’m Staying Dry.








The person who has usurped the place of God is only seeking to escape the routine of everyday life without longing to find anything else. He no longer lives in solidarity but in solitude.
WICKERT Johannes, Many From the Congo.








Material rewards, such as a company car, a mobile phone, a laptop and membership at a fitness center - as well as weekends and vacations - keep employees closely anchored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
WICKERT Johannes, The Prodigal Son.








Abortion has been legalized in most Western countries. An estimated 46 million abortions are performed every year worldwide. For every hundred pregnancies, an average of twenty-six abortions take place.
WICKERT Johannes,Abortion.







Brain washing

A totalitarian bureaucracy, an anonymous registration system, show trials and brain washing, in which the individual is sacrificed to the “system” over and over again, are not fiction but reality.
WICKERT Johannes, Thought.







Crisis of civilization

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan makes us aware that there are limits to what the planet can tolerate. The socio-humanitarian crisis today is ultimately a crisis of civilization.
WICKERT Johannes,Distraught.






CO2 op hoogste peil

CO² at its highest level

There’s more CO² in the air now than at any point in the last two million years. Each person on earth should be emitting no more than one ton annually. The average Chinese emits four tons of CO², however, the average Belgian twelve, and the average American twenty-five.
WICKERT Johannes, CO² at its highest level.







The Greek philosopher Aristotle was the first to describe “hamartia” as a person’s unwillingness to learn or to acquire additional knowledge. Because of this widespread “sickness,” human failure is not being properly dealt with.
WICKERT Johannes, Hamartia.







Elemental longings

Almost every human being has an elemental longing for the Mystery, the Primal Wonder, the Most Distant Horizon, the Highest Good, the Most High: that which lies at the heart of everything worthwhile.
WICKERT Johannes, Fundamental Longings.








The ideals of the French Revolution should be expanded to include sustainability. When the limits of economic growth are taken into account based on what the environment and humankind can bear, a new balance will emerge.
WICKERT Johannes,Balance.








Commandments and prohibitions make way for inspiring basic attitudes that stimulate and challenge the free individual.
WICKERT Johannes, Last Supper.






Blind vertrouwen

Blind trust

People who dream about new projects need the experience and wisdom of earlier generations. Values are passed on on the basis of blind trust.
WICKERT Johannes, Blind Trust.






klein koor

Small Choir

There’s enormous power to be found in art and culture. When people sing together they blossom. Their physical attitude and body language illustrates the liberating force that group singing can produce. Art and culture raise the quality of society to a higher level.
WICKERT Johannes, Small Choir.






Samen op weg

Companions on the way

We must show ourselves to be an open, trustworthy, tolerant, hospitable and intercultural society in which all people are companions on way.
WICKERT Johannes,Companions on the way.






Het kleine is niet klein

Small things are not small

Many simple things add to the building up of society. Everyone’s contribution, even that of the trumpet player, is important - no matter how insignificant it may seem at first glance. Small things are not small.
WICKERT Johannes, Trumpet Player.