Antwerp Art

April 2020

Antwerp Art

Dear lovers and practitioners of art,

We would prefer not to, but it is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of Antwerp Art Weekend 2020 due to the COVID-19 induced crisis and the following lock down measures that have been taken by the government of Belgium. As the Antwerp Art Weekend would have taken place in May 2020, we see ourselves forced to do so.

Instead of postponing, we will be looking ahead to 2021 and hope to transfer all current partnerships into the next edition and come back stronger than before, together.

These are indeed precarious times, especially for health care workers, but also for cultural organizations and artists. Antwerp Art will continue to support and promote artists and visual arts organizations with the means at hand and we would like to call upon our partners, colleagues and visitors to do the same. They will need it, now more than ever.

In this newsletter we'll highlight virtual tours, a digital guided tour, online exhibitions and art in quarantaine.

All the while, stay inside, healthy and let’s beat this thing through compassion, courage and solidarity.

The Antwerp Art team.

( image: work by Mekhitar Garabedian at Kontrapunt during Antwerp Art Weekend 2019 )

Digital guided tour through the life and work of Stephan Vanfleteren

In six episodes, FOMU guide Karolien will guide you through the life and work of Stephan Vanfleteren. In this first episode you are introduced to his early work. What were the fears and interests of young Stephan Vanfleteren? As a young photography student, does he make choices that determine the rest of his further work?

Each week FOMU posts two episodes of a guided tour through the exhibition of Stephan Vanfleteren. You can follow this episodes of 'Stephan Vanfleteren - Present' at home via, Facebook, Instagram and on Vimeo.

Interview with Michel François on reinstalling Résidence Terrestre

Résidence Terrestre, a work by Belgian artist Michel François, occupies the spotlight at the back of the Middelheim Museum's collection pavilion. When it was purchased in 1997, it was put briefly on display in the Braem pavilion and then disappeared in storage. Now it is shown to the public again for the first time in 22 years.

Presenting Résidence Terrestre entails far more than unpacking, to wit re-installation, conservation and updating, whereby museum staff, conservators, the artist and visitors as well, have a role to play. You can see how the artist goes about and hear his explanations in a film produced specially for this presentation.

Click here for the video.

Art in Quarantine at HART

With the new section Art in Quarantine, HART offers extra online content for free: video works, photos, live streams, a coloring book, virtual walkthroughs and so on. In doing so, HART wants to formulate a positive answer to how the visual arts sector is currently suffering from the pandemic, and to support artists and organizations.

For example, you can see the movie The Rabbit and the Teasel by Els Dietvorst. Filmed in the Irish countryside, all images mix fiction and autobiographical elements into a lyrical story that draws the viewer into a world of beauty, death and decay.

image: Shervin Sheikh Rezaei

Window exhibition

Although LLS Palace is closed, there is a drawing of John Körmeling on the window from the street side.

The drawing is on display until April 26.
Click here for more information.

Virtual walkthrough

Here you can find the exhibition walkthrough video of Tal R's show 'Home Alone'.

Tim Van Laere Gallery

IBASHO is proud to present Ryudai Takano’s solo exhibition. With this exhibition Takano and IBASHO intend to show the public the essence and versatility of Takano’s oeuvre. Takano (1963, Fukui) has been engaged in his artistic practice on the theme of nudity and sexuality since the beginnings of the 1990s.

In the series (1993-1996) on display at IBASHO Takano wanted to express a beauty of the human body that transcends normal images of man and woman. He asked the models, butoh dancers, to get entwined (which is the meaning of the Japanese word caramaru). The results are aesthetically beautiful works of human nakedness.

Click here for the virtual presentation and here for the images.

Digital art school tours

Since the Open House was cancelled the two Antwerp based art schools virtually opened their doors:

With this virtual tour through the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the beautiful building will be permanently on display in 360° and accessible from your own living room. Find more information on

See the virtual tour of Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Find more information on

Online exhibition opening

Eva Steynen.Deviation(s)

Online only : Walk around the park!
Fred Michiels, Johannes Ulrich Kubiak, Christine Clinckx, Nick Hullegie, Jan Verbruggen, Michael …

Online exhibitions

"Monumental paintings occupy the space. All works are communal, as if they belong together. Every painting builds on the previous one. They hold ground between a conscious manipulation of meaning and an almost physical desire for expression. This merger of serious research and spontaneous movement."

Click here for the images of the new solo exhibition of Gommaar Gilliams at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde Nieuw Zuid.

Also DE GARAGE brings its exhibitions to your living room:

Click here for 'Tim Volckaert, Any Solution is Good for an Answer' at Cultuurcentrum Mechelen.

Callewaert Vanlangendonck would like to let you enjoy the artworks currently on display. Click here for Kontrasten 47 | 67. With works of: Alechinsky, Bertrand, Bogart, Burssens, Cox, Delahaut, D'haese, De Leeuw, Gentils, Guiette, Mara, Mendelson, Mortier, Peire, Van Anderlecht, Van Breedam, Vandenbranden, Van Hoeydonck, Vandercam, Van Severen, Verheyen, Wyckaert

Click here for 'never before shown works on paper 1947–1964' of Gaston Bertrand.

image: Jo Delahaut, Composition, 1952, screenprint on canvas, 27 x 38 cm

Dream away with these images captured by Saul Leiter during daily strolls near his home in New York’s East Village, on vacation with his friends, and traveling abroad on fashion assignments.

Click here for the online exhibition of Gallery FIFTY ONE. This is a private view: Create an account or login as a guest visitor to see the exhibition.

Thank you Annie Gentils Gallery for sharing some moving images of the exhibition Limbic Dialectical Residue of Rik Moens. This is "Promental Attractor", this too and this is Limbic.

Click here for the exhibition views.

"The subject – personages in an overheated and disorderly sex universe – and the elaboration reminiscent of Jean Dubuffet and graffiti, or of the orgiastic scenes of the surrealist André Masson, are in themselves fairly brutal, but in the societal context of the time this portrayal is also taken as a general attack on the reactionary tendency that hopes to 'save' culture from the up and coming wave of subversion."

Visit Plus One's website for an online visit to the exhibition of Jean Schwind.

Enjoy NK Gallery's current exhibition 'Ghostlands', by Danila Tkachenko.

Click here for the exhibition views.

"The correlation between language and image are deeply entangled in Patrick Keulemans' work, based on a fascination with language-communication. More specific his body of work refers to metaphors for the (im)possibility of communication and interaction."

Click here for the exhibition images at EVA STEYNEN.DEVIATION(S).

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