Antwerp Art

May 2020

Antwerp Art

My art will go on

We hope you, and the people you love, are healthy and well.

Because we’re missing our annual Antwerp Art Weekend we are highlighting the projects and artists who would have been showing work and who we can still discover in the digital realm or … in the streets of Antwerp.

While Gallery FIFTY ONE and IBASHO Gallery went behind the scenes to give you a glimpse in very special portrait photography, L’Edition Populaire is about to show you “Tous Ensemble” in their two window spaces. Celebrating their tenth anniversary, originally planned as a good match with the European Football Championship.

Take a walk through the city to discover the 200 artworks on 200 billboards in the streets of Antwerp. A number of visual artists, including students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Sint Lucas are activating the billboards in our empty streets. They are on display until May 31. Discover the locations on this interactive card. Also pass by LLS Paleis, where the window exhibition ‘Nog een universele mens’ runs until May 24.

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PS. At the bottom of this newsletter you’ll find a list with venues who will carefully re-open their doors while following the guidelines and health procedures issued by the Belgian government. Caution: In accordance with government guidelines, the measures will be continuously monitored and adjusted where necessary or possible. You can ring or write the venues for more information or appointments. Take care!

200 artworks on 200 billboards in the streets of Antwerp

The world is confronted with an extraordinary situation. How do artists experience and look upon the Corona pandemic crisis?

A number of visual artists, including students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Sint Lucas Antwerpen are reacting by activating the billboards in our empty streets.

The works are on display until May 31. Discover the locations on this interactive card.

Works by: Adriaan Marin, Afroditi Anastopoulou, Aleksandra Majzel, Alisa Bokhanova, Amber De Coen, Anna Potsiluyko, Anneke Verheyen, Annelies Rasker, Annelise Cerchedean, Ans Brys, Anton Cotteleer, Antonella Buonsenso, Arpais-Du Bois, Bart Van Dijck, Bas Rogiers, Berenike Gregoor, Bert Danckaert, Bert Tas, Birthe Janssens Bram Rinkel, Bram Van Meervelde, Charlotte Gekiere, Charlotte Lybeer, Chris Van der Veken, Christine Clinckx, Christopher Armani, Claudia Seeldrayers, Daniel Cabral, Dawid Wojtalewicz, Denie Put, Denitsa Todorova, Dennis Deckx, Diego Franssens, Dimitrije Pecic, Dirk van der Vijgh, Eleni Fourgny, Eli Verkeyn, Elias Asselbergh, Elien Roemendael, Elke Wendrickx, Els van Hooft en Karin De Vylder, Emily Dhaese, Enya Cornelis Eric Ubben, ErikDesombere, Erine Wyckmans, Esther Weidenbaum, Fabien Silvestre, Fienne Donckers, Filip Collin, Fleur Roggeman, Floor Compeers, Florentina Leitner, Fraukje Engels, Fred Bervoets, Frederic Pels, Frederik Lizen, Gaia Coals, Geert Goiris, Geert Vervaeke • Gena De Waegeneer, Gill Decuypere, Giorgia Galfré, Gwendolyn DeVocht, Hanna-Lee Daled, Haocheng Zhang, Heidi Ukkon, Hugo Puttaert, Huize You, Indra VanDoren, Isabelle Lempik,

Isabelle LeTutour, Isabelle Oostenrijk, Jan Baert, Jan Novy, Jan Vanriet, Jelle Jansegers, Jente De Graef, Jente Verbist, Jessica Michiels, Jochem Harteveld, Johanna Adojaan, John Selien, Joke Raes, Juan Rodríguez Varón, Julia Ballardt, Julia Garcia Rubio, Julie Vervloesem, Justine Grillet, Kaat Somers, Kaat Vercammen, Karolien Hamers, Kim Wey, Klaas Verplancke, Lasse Geudens, Lee Vancamp, Lenah de Wit, Liesbeth De Haes, Ligia Poplawska, Lily O'Hara, Lindsey Lemmens, Liv Lismonde, Lois Cid, Lou-an Van den Bergh, Louis Degrande, Lynn Gabriels, Maika Garnica, Manou Raeves, Mara Balode • Marie Janssens Marie Kort, Marieke Vanlaecke, Marilou Dejans, Marjolein Van herck, Marta Galmozzi, Maxime Fauconnier, Meganck Ine, Meriton Maloku, Michael Dans, Michel Vertongen, Miljan Vukicevic, Mirim Shin, Nadia Naveau, Natali Sarkisyan, Nathan Ishar, Nel Aerts, Nel Maertens, Nele Brughmans, Nick Andrews, Nick Mattan, Nico Verhaegen, Nicolas Baeyens, Nicolas Marchiaro, Oona Oikkonen, Orin Dhauwe, Oxiea Villamonte, Paulien Zeguers, Peter De Boeck, Philip Aguirre Y Otegui, Philip Angermaier, Raphael Coibion, RegH, Romi Vosters, Ruben Karnas, Rudolf Stamers, Sanja Tomic • Santiago Ortiz-Przychodzka, Sarah De Wilde, Sari Vandersmissen, Shu Wen Hu, Sigurros Bjornsdottir, Smila Zinecker, Sofie Nagels, Spank Moons, Subin Son, Thomas Boni, Thor Vermin, Tine De Ruysser, Tom Liekens, Tom Tosseyn, Valentine Kempynck, Violeta Lopez, Violet Nys, Vitoria Damiani, Wannes Cré, Wieke Aerts, Wouter Steel, Xuanlin Wang, Yanis Berrewaerts, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Yu Liling, Zena Van den Block

Frans Masereel Centrum goes live on -Fri May 8- with Sirkku Ketola

Sirkku Ketola, a Finnish artist who regularly stays in Belgium, is currently working at the Frans Masereel Centrum as part of our General Residency Program. She will be performing her project ‘A Body Called Paula – Elaboration, Circulation’ on

Friday May 8, from 13h on, until approximately 17h00.

‘A Body called Paula’ is an ongoing installation project based on repetition and a meditative performance in which Ketola, taking on the role of Paula, works on a large ornament of fragile paper. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, she plans to hold a live stream of the durational performance on Twitch.tv

More information about her project and performance can be found on Ketola’s personal website.

L'Édition Populaire

“Tous Ensemble” dé slogan van de Rode Duivels tijdens kampioenschappen en de titel van de aankomende groepsexpo met als thema voetbal.

"Op 9 mei 2020 bestaat Edition Populaire 10 jaar en daar zijn we fier op. Edition Populaire bevindt zich in een levendige wijk te Antwerpen-Borgerhout waar voetbal voor vele inwoners enorm belangrijk is en we spelen dan ook al lang met het idee om een expo te maken rond dit thema.

Het tienjarig bestaan van Edition Populaire én het geplande Europese Kampioenschap voetbal leken ons dan ook de perfecte match en gelegenheid om “Tous Ensemble” te organiseren. Het EK gaat echter niet door en ook wij hebben omwille van de huidige, bevreemdende tijden en sociale maatregelen ten gevolge van de coronacrisis helaas onze plannen om een grote volkshappening rond kunst in de wijk te organiseren moeten herzien.

Sinds de lockdown krijgen we nog meer reacties op wat we tonen in onze vitrinegalerij. Het is overduidelijk dat voorbijgangers verstrooiing of troost halen uit de kunst die getoond wordt. Onze overtuiging is dan ook meer en meer dat kunst een grote publieke functie heeft en daarom brengen we met “Tous Ensemble” toch graag, zij het een afgeslankte, feesteditie van Edition Populaire.

“Tous Ensemble” een groepstentoonstelling in onze twee vitrines met werk van Otobong Nkanga (°Nigeria), Bert Huyghe (°België), Damien De Lepeleire (°België), Bram Van Meervelde (°België) , Philip Aguirre y Otegui (°België), Sam Nhlengethwa (°Zuid-Afrika) en Ralf Kokke (°Nederland)."

De tentoonstelling loopt van 15 mei tot en met 12 juli 2020.

Locatie: EDITION POPULAIRE, Bloemstraat 20 & Bleekhofstraat 22, Antwerpen

Klik hier voor de website van Edition Populaire, en hier voor de Instagram pagina.

image: Sam Nhlengethwa, Kalamazoo Mokone (from the serie The Beat of Drum), 2016

M HKA presents: The artist today | Tramaine de Senna

Currently on view, the work of Californian artist Tramaine de Senna. If it were not for Corona perhaps. Those of us who already visited her explosively titled exhibition MASTERBLASTER might have caught (mind the pun) her very contagious spirit, which de Senna cleverly packs in bold coloured, multi-layered exuberance. It’s exactly those layers we’d like to unravel for you in an interview with the ever so charming artist herself.

Click here for the video interview and here for more MASTERBLASTER.

Gallery FIFTY ONE goes behind the scenes

Gallery FIFTY ONE was due to present the remarkable portrait series ‘Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich: Homage to the Masters’, by the American photographer Sandro Miller (°1985) with the actor John Malkovich in the leading role. For this project, Miller went back to the iconic images that have always inspired and moved him in his career as a photographer and recreated these memorable classics with his close friend and muse John Malkovich as his model. Under Miller’s close direction, Malkovich masterly transformed himself into a diverse set of characters, ranging from John Lennon to Marilyn Monroe and Picasso to Dorothea Lange’s iconic ‘migrant mother’.

Image: Sandro Miller, Diane Arbus/ Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), 2014, Pigment print
40,5 x 38 cm, Edition of 35, Signed, titled and numbered on verso, © Sandro Miller I Courtesy of Gallery FIFTY ONE

Discover the making of video here.

IBASHO Gallery highlights Wanda Tuerlinckx, and goes behind the scenes as well

IBASHO Gallery was about to show Wanda Tuerlinckx's project Androids: a portrait series of robots in Japan.

Above you see a detail of one of the works, this is her website and this is a short making-of video.

The exhibition will be postponed to Antwerp Art Weekend 2021.

DMW Gallery announces When We Forgot Where We Came From: An exhibition by Femmy Otten and Gijs Frieling

Dear Gijs,

I love your work. The way you think forth and back in paint and the space in which you work, the energy you summon and the direct but poetic communication with the audience. Your colors are hormones, you seduce me with beauty while letting me peek behind the roses. The memory, the time affecting it, the body that carries it with it and the space it envelops. You don't look for nasty Godliness. It is your life that is mine. Maybe we find each other in the search for what is 'complete', making it a testimony to disappointment, as I always believe that what I do will be complete, but ultimately it is not.

Now I should take my little girl out of her bed. x

dear Femmy,

As Tarkovski shows in Stalker, getting to know our deepest desires is an intuitive route that is off course for outsiders and to us appears as an anachronistic path. When we’re at work, our hands reach into a deeper time stretching out into every direction. "Painting is like putting your hands into a mattress" says Philip Guston.

At the end, Stalker's paralysed daughter moves 3 glasses across the table with telekinesis. Two stop at the edge, the third falls and shatters. To me these are the 3 men on their way to the room in the middle of the Zone where deepest desires turn to reality. Two dare not enter, the third: Stalker, who did and in reply is given the paralysed child. The deepest desire is always a sacrifice: give yourself up in the hope of creating something new.

I look forward to working together in Antwerp.

Regards, Gijs

AAIR presents the video program Traveling Images

Traveling Images is a video program featuring recent work by AAIR residents that resonates with their particular experience of the containment context. Even though these videos predate the virus, the program attest to the new meanings that images can carry throughout different times of uncertainty and separation.

Anna Godzina
Future Archaeology, 2020 (03:19 min)
Click here for the video.
Anna Godzina (b. 1990 in Chișinău, Moldova) explores cycles of repetition and destruction through the mechanisms of sound and gravity. Through cracks in this controlled environment, she taps into the acoustic properties of the physical phenomena that surround us. 

Julia Dahee Hong
Many Things Can Be Lost (Forever), 2020 (05:03)
Click here for the video.
Julia Dahee Hong’s (b. 1992 in Vancouver, Canada) practice is rooted in fragmented urban myths that address the compound nature of memory, multicultural identity, and the invisible yet alienating effects of physical and emotional labour. 

Joud Toamah
Archive of Traveling Images, an Image Amidst the Heart, 2019 (05:50)
Click here for the video.
Joud Toamah (b. 1992 in Deir Ezzor, Syria) proposes a multi-layered archive of digitized images of family albums, evoking experiences of warmth and urgencies present in real and virtual meeting points. 

Video still: Joud Toamah, Archive of Traveling Images, an Image Amidst the Heart, 2019

TICK TACK presents Guy Van Bossche

In 2010 Guy Van Bossche painted his work Underground Second Floor, which sought to subvert the relationship between surface and underground. Ten years later, in what will be his first solo exhibition since way too long in his hometown, the artist presents new and older works capturing a discomfort that is increasingly exposed to broad daylight.

  • Abstract by Koen Sels

Click here for the free digital publication or here order the physical version for €10.

TICK TACK exists 1 year and reopens as from May 11. The current soloshow ‘Underground No Floor’ by Guy Van Bossche is prolonged until June 6. To celebrate, all visitors will receive a COVID-proof TT item. In the meantime, it's possible to visit the show on appointment.

Click here to see a short documentary on Guy Van Bossche, and here for images of the exhibition.

image: Guy Van Bossche, Underground No Floor, Installation shot at TICK TACK. Photo by Pieter Huybrechts.

Re-Entry Gallery highlights ARCHAIC REVIVAL

Imagine the collaps of linear time, that evolutionary traits of ancient and future exist in the present.
Primitivism merges with high-technology, combining these creates an undecidability in the meaning as the technological fuses into mythological, and the ancient merges with the modern – i.e. technological primitivism.

Two years after his acclaimed solo exhibition at M Museum Leuven, Belgian artist Jim Campers
(°1990) tries with his new project Archiac Revival to represent a non-linear world. Presenting a life in a non singular progression but a cacophony of co-existing, interacting states of past, present and future existences with no recourse to a single, reassuring Origin.

This manifest itself in a mixture that oscillates in an open narrative between familiarity and alienation,
modern and archaic. Images that map the topology of a non-linear time by selectively representing
parts that have long been forgotten in combination with facts of our current condition and future.

image: Surplus, Jim Campers, 2018, Framed archival pigment print, 125x100cm

Zeno X Gallery highlights Marlene Dumas - Double Takes

For more than thirty years already, Marlene Dumas has used her paintings and drawings to touch upon existential subjects that often refer to art-historical motifs and topical political subjects. She has been inspired by images found in magazines and newspapers as well as by personal photographs which she has taken of her loved ones. Through her work she tries to explore the social, psychological and emotional aspects of images.

The title Double Takes refers not only to the relevance of taking a second look at something, but also to the importance of ambivalence and of mutual influence. In addition, Double Takes suggests that the exhibition can be divided up into two themes. Some of the works were inspired by – and are also in the spirit of – Charles Baudelaire’s Le Spleen de Paris. Other works consist mainly of portraits of people from the artist’s immediate surroundings as well as of portraits of ‘icons’.

Image: Marlene Dumas, Nefertiti, 2020

From Me To You Space: A Dutch Landscape I-V: 5 artist zines and a site-specific intervention by Ruja Press

A Dutch Landscape is an on-going project by Rotterdam based Spanish artist José Quintanar (Ruja Press) who understood that the golden age of landscape painting was not only a representation of the landscape but also the representation of an illusion. It consists of five artist zines and one site-specific intervention. Looking into the third publication of the series From Suriname to the Netherlands, it tries to explore the concept of colonization. Colonization of the territory, of the landscape, but also the colonization of other cultures in the past.

With drawings and books as his major working format, José explores the way that the drawing appears as a primary method to establish processes and protocols from rudimentary rules.

This is the link for purchases. And this to the interview by It'sNiceThat.

Kunsthal Extra City highlights Amber Vanluffelen

Looking for personal freedom and identity in both life and art, Amber Vanluffelen expresses her eclectic interests in amongst others nightlife, ballroom culture, basketball, and anime through visual art, performance, interventions and spoken/written word, often in relation to public space.
Amber Vanluffelen will present a new performance commissioned by Kunsthal Extra City in the framework of 'Daily Nightshift'. Check the website for updates on the how/where/when.

On the image above you see the multiple 'Beigoma', 2020, brons, 2 cm x 3 cm, to be purchased for €65/piece, including spinning string, a storage pocket and tutorial, via vanluffelen.amber@gmail.com

Click here for Beigoma the Movie.

Every piece is unique. Realised with the kind support of Stems Gallery, Brussels, as part of the exhibition 'Digestive Disaster, Unlucky Star'.

KEPLER presents Marta Galmozzi, Jessica Bizzoni and Alessio Capone

Marta Galmozzi (b.1991, ITA). Her work ranges from photography to sculpture involving the use of the image in an experimental way. In her installations, often site-specific, cut-outs of enlarged photographs become physical presences within the exhibition space. Click here for Marta Galmozzi's website and here for her Instagram page.

Jessica Bizzoni (b.1990) Italian born and European bred. Graduated at Kaska and at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Her creative practice focuses on immersive concepts, working instinctively between design and photography. Click here for Jassica Bizzoni's website and here for her Instagram page.

Alessio Capone (b.1991, ITA) questions the notion of artificiality through the combination of elements belonging to both the natural and the man-made matter. Click here for Ragno's website and here for his Instagram page.

TweeVierZeven highlights Erik Haemers

TweeVierZeven [247], a Modest Furniture project will present the first solo show of abstract works by Belgian artist Erik Haemers. The exhibition was planned for Antwerp Art Weekend 2020. A new date will be follow.

“Haemers allows mistakes and limitations in his process, often creating a subtle tension in the end result.”

Working within the limitations and tensions of these special days we would like to support Erik Haemers by proposing this limited edition print representing the signal blue minimalist metal sculpture currently hanging in his studio, ready to be shown …

All proceeds will be invested by the artist in new work for his exhibition at TweeVierZeven.

limited edition 7 prints + 3 a.p.
size 100 x 150 cm, Hahnemühle photo rag 300 gr, UltraChrome Pro pigmentprint, not framed
price: 350 euro + shipping cost

All prints will be sent directly from the printer to the buyer, a certificate will be provided by the artist.

To order please contact erik_haemers@hotmail.com

LLS Paleis presents Ken Verhoeven

Ken Verhoeven often starts off from found images or objects which he relates and combines with other existing analogue forms. His paintings are the result of this free and associative way of thinking.

(image) Ken Verhoeven, Whirlpool poncho, 2020, Oil on linen mounted on wooden board, 200 x 100 cm

Base Alpha Gallery highlights Nadia Naveau

Nadia Naveau (°1975) is best known for her figurative sculptures. The typically seductive, surprising sculptures are the result of a balanced play with colors, shapes, scales and various materials such as plaster, ceramics, bronze, plasticine and polyester. Naveau’s sculptures reveal a certain postmodern twist because of their eclecticism.

The sculptures contain references that introduce substantive and formal stratification. As such, they are often described as three-dimensional collages. She is fascinated by the images that surround her – no matter how banal, important or art-historical the reference may be.

Popular children’s heroes such as Goofy have the same weight in Naveau’s universe as Mexican masks and images of classical or modern masters such as Bernini and Brancusi. The visually engaging sculptures require time to be viewed, under- stood and, above all, absorbed; they are an antithesis to the fast, digital image consumption of the 21st century.

image: Nadia Naveau, Let’s Play it by Ear #2

Click here for Nicky Aerts in conversation with Nadia Naveau on Klara and here for the film and virtual tour in Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.

mariondecannière presents Zoro Feigl

Feigl (1983) is intrigued by motion and by how materials behave differently when set in motion. What inspires him are changing patterns, irregularities, such as the ridges and scales in the sand of a beach that continuously change by wind and water or the twisting movement of a rope, a ribbon or a heavy chain: each material behaves in a Unique way. Feigl plays with these materials and tests their limits. In that process he distills that one exciting moment, exposes and enlarges it, and directs his audience to see what he sees. His installations seem to defy the laws of nature, sometimes threatening and overwhelming, sometimes elegant and playful.


Feigls work refers, among other things, to the struggle of mankind with control. Through constructions and technology humanity has created forces that can barely, if at all, be controlled. The machines that control the forces of nature have their limitations. In the long run our structures are just as fragile and transient as we are.

Click here for a video.

CAPS highlights Colin Waegh

Colin Waeghe's (°1980, lives and works in Brussels, BE) work is characterised by a mixture of autobiographical elements, fragments from the news and images taken from popular media. The artist paints his story via different perspectives on realities that have affected him. His works are portals of his experiences without an instruction manual at hand. The concept in his work is diverse.

Image: Colin Waeghe: “Strip #02” (2019), oil on panel

Click here for Colin Waeghe's website, and here to the interview with Galerie Zwart Huis.

A slow crossfade shark movie and the missing scene karaoke video to be executed from your living room

Especially for the Antwerp Art Weekend, UHF was about to organise the Straight-To-Video Film Fest in the last video store of Antwerp.

Also know as direct-to-video this term points out another distribution system. The usual theatrical release is intentionally bypassed. More than cinema, the terminology points towards the carrier. This genre defines itself through the way it is distributed and the unknown contexts in which it is seen.

Visit UHF's website for a browse through the work of Anaïs Chabeur, Barbara Visser, Chloé Op de Beeck, Helen Dowling, Mark Luyten, Peter Lemmens and Karina Beumer and find a slow crossfade shark movie (2 hours 41 minutes) which can be purchased via info@diversions.be, or the missing scene karaoke to be executed from your living room.

Keteleer Gallery shows:

Click here for Keteleers online showroom, presenting work of Stephan Balkenhol, Luca Monterastelli, Fabien Mérelle, Jon Pilkington, Javier Pérez, Nasan Tur. Online until 17 May 2020, 6pm.

image: Jon Pilkington, The Beautiful Game (Eternal Pose), 120 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2020 (detail)

TIM is looking for love!

TIM magazine brings artist to your home at times when we miss culture the most. TIM is a newly found Antwerp based artist’s magazine, centered around in-depth conversations between artists, feature-length artist contributions and a lively open-call section.

TIM #0, published just before lockdown, presents interviews with gerlach en koop illustrated by Karina Beumer, Chloé Op de Beeck, Valérie Mannaerts & Lucy McKenzie. It features artist contributions by Ananda Serné, Jan Reimus & Jivan van der Ende, and showcases the 28 selected artists that participated in TIM’s open call. This first edition was beautifully designed by Kaat van Goey. Get yourself some new reading material and purchase a copy via tim.discourse@gmail.com.

Click here for the pdf preview of TIM magazine.

Meanwhile, TIM’s second issue is taking shape. In these times of isolation, we turn our attention to artistic relationships. Interested in participating? Follow us on Instagram @tim.discourse to find out all about our open call.

TIM is looking for love!

Galerie Van Der Planken highlights Reinoud van Vught

Reinoud van Vught (Goirle 1960) is a painter pur sang, a painter who has made the activity of painting itself as his most important theme. The great visual diversity is characteristic of van Vught's way painting.

In his compositions on paper or canvas, the painter does not apply one, but many ways of striking the brush to his surface. This not only applies to the paintings themselves, but also in the individual works where different approaches are set against each other. This is also the case in a number of recent work, in which organic forms seem to float in a red-blue-green space and which are partially hidden from view by veil-like fabrics.

The abstract color space is made up of countless, small color spots that are speckled on the canvas. The organic forms are painted in a rotating motion, while the veil-like configuration was created by using white paint with a straight object and in a broad motion pulled forcefully over the canvas.

Click here for a video interview, conducted by museum De Pont.

image: Reinoud van Vught, Untitled, Acryl op paneel, 40x33 cm, 2019, Courtesy Galerie Van Der Planken

Une Quarantaine

Une quarantaine is een krant die opborrelde uit het vlakke water van de historisch ongeziene coronacrisis, een periode waarin een bruisende, kolkende samenleving noodgedwongen voor anker kwam te liggen.

Quarantaine, een veertigtal, betekent niet alleen het aantal dagen wachten voor aanmerende schepen in Venetië ten tijde van de Zwarte Dood, maar is ook het
aantal artiesten uit het ruime vaarwater der kunsten dat toch de mogelijkheid zag om nu fysiek samen te komen, en wel op papier, in deze krant.

Elke deelnemer voer in isolement zijn eigen koers, laverend door de nauwe vaargeul van dit historische en culturele ogenblik, met niets meer in het vizier dan een onzekere toekomst.

De beeldende, tekstuele en conceptuele bijdrages in deze krant zijn samengebracht door Jeroen Los, William Ludwig Lutgens en Kasper De Vos. Mensen graag een krant thuis opstuurt krijgen kunnen Une Quarantaine contacteren op dit mail adres: unequarantaine@gmail.com

Deelnemende artiesten:

Anna Godzina & Yannick Heeren, Anthony Colclough, Benjamin Verdonck, Chantal van Rijt, Charif Benhelima, Che Go Eun, Dennis Tyfus, Dieter Durinck, Elias Ghekiere, Ella Deburca, Els Dietvorst, Evelin Brosi & Elvis Bonier, Femmy Otten, Guy Rombouts, Henk Visch, Jeroen Los, Jura Shust, Karl Philips, Kasper De Vos, Kathe Burkhart, Koen Theys, Leander Schönweger, Liesbeth Henderickx, Maarten Van Roy, Maica Garnica, Micha Wertheim, Michaël Van Remoortere & Lies Van Loock, Michiel Burger, Michiel Vandevelde & Ward Heirwegh, Nicolas Provost, Onejoon Che & Sun A Moon, Filip Vervaet, Pieter De Clercq, Sophie Nys, Sven ‘t Jolle, Tom Lanoye, Vesna Faassen & Lukas Verdijk, Wesley Meuris, Wessel Verrijt, William Ludwig Lutgens, Wouter Poolman & Lukas Verstraete, Zena Van den Block & Idris Sevenans, Helen Anna Flanagan, Jonathan Paepens, Vincent Van Meenen

Image: 'home reflections' Jonathan Paepens i.s.m. Esther Paepens.

Behind Bars

WYBRAND GANZEVOORT 'Wybrands Ways of Seeing’

Via deze link vindt u 'Tweelingen'. Een gesprek met Wybrand Ganzevoort over leven en werk (tot om en bij 1964) in De Witte Raaf.

image: Zonvanger, 2014

The exhibition will be postponed to Antwerp Art Weekend 2021.

Annie Gentils Gallery highlights: Verticality 

Drawings, sculptures and installations by the Belgian artist Wesley Meuris (*1977), present a strongly architectural, or even scientific, character. Things which could, at first glance, appear as devices for presenting data or artefacts, are, in fact, works of art in themselves. By bringing these mechanisms and demonstration objects to light, Wesley Meuris points at our way of presenting and seeing things.
The title of the exhibition, Verticality, refers to the slow but definite change in our perception and understanding of the world around us. After the horizontal search and investigation of the earth’s surface (Age of Discovery and Colonial Period), we now enter an era where the vertical stratification both deep beneath the earth's surface and far beyond the atmosphere generates new futuristic visions.

Rapidly changing conditions on earth stimulate scientists, project developers and technicians to make far-reaching and unseen progression in how to think about new habitations, advanced observation and remarkable communication systems. Deeply rooted parameters of understanding our place here on earth are becoming debatable. A precarious, but challenging position is reserved for mankind. In this exhibition, Wesley Meuris departs from this notion, a progress that cannot be grasped, neither be stopped, let alone slowed down. By means of new drawings, diagrams and sculptures, new planetary ecologies are unfolded. 

Click here for more.

Tim Van Laere Gallery

As a response to the recent restrictions caused by Covid-19, Tim Van Laere Gallery has decided to extend the exceptional solo show of Tal R: Home Alone until 6 June 2020.

Click here for the digital tour.

image: TAL R, Agata, 2019-2020, oil on canvas, 274 x 200 cm (detail)

Geukens & De Vil highlights Shirley Villavicencio Pizango

The paintings by Shirley Villavicencio Pizango (°1988, Lima) – a Ghent based artist with Peruvian roots – are vibrating and invigorating. A crossover between her daily life in Ghent and her inheritance of the South-American culture is what defines her work. Pizango paints her own interpretation of the world or more specifically, of the people she encounters; no matter if they are close friends, family or strangers.
Not limiting herself to a classical approach of painting, her work is marked by spontaneity, bright colours and the elimination of any conventions regarding perspective. It reminds of artists such as Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse but also Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera – great sources of inspiration for the young artist.

Under the Same Moon with the Stars as Shelter in a Land of Sand focuses on the relationship with the artist's biological mother, the time they lived together in Villa El Salvador (a slum near Lima, Peru) and people who are important her life. The paintings are a non-chronological representation, based on her own memories and old photographs, and provide insight in the artist’s personal life in Peru, as well as in Belgium.

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Axel Vervoordt Gallery presents Angel Vergara

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present J'efface, et cela apparaît, Angel Vergara’s (°Mieres, 1958) third exhibition with the gallery in Belgium. In Kanaal’s Patio Gallery, a selection of several oil-on-canvas paintings challenge recognisability and abstraction: Vergara created colour evocations that make certain patterns possible by sweeping movements. Through the artist’s repetitive actions, layers are added as membranes over the paint, which are then wiped out again. The viewer experiences the same internal ambiguity: landscapes seem to emerge, but with different approaches, those facets of perception may disappear again.

The work is characterised by contrasts, opposites, and dialectics. Vergara has been investigating this transparent representation of stratification for several decades. He has gained fame as a video artist and these works also bear the characteristics of a film — slow and prolonged. A layer is added to a layer; a fragment to a fragment; a frame to a frame. What takes place within the canvas becomes an experience like a film.

Here you can find the interview with Angel Vergara.

Annette De Keyser Gallery highlights Nassermann: connect - disconnect - reconnect

Nassermann’s work is uplifting, it is full of warmth and hope for the future. Seeking a new way of playing a giving and helping role, he finds a new language to speak and new ways to be understood. He knows that art has to be an active force.

Image: Nassermann, N99 (detail), 2018, digital composition on aluminium and liquid glass,150 x 120 cm, courtesy of Nassermann and Galerie Annette De Keyser

Moonstreet presents: 29 synonyms for 'hammered into' and a family pack of yokes

This is a show and this show serves as a lending service!

An arrangement of 9 frames displays a series of 29 hammers. All hammers are various in length and weight with a variety of heads and handles. Additionally, a series of 9 yokes in 3 variations are displayed together on a circular stand.

All the hammers and yokes can be borrowed and taken home leaving the show with empty gaps. They can be useful or not but you can hold on to them until we can be together.

Artist: Stefaan Dheedene and gallery Yuri G. Gallery (invited by Moonstreet). Re-opening from May 16, open every saturday from 14h-18h.

PLUS-ONE Gallery goes virtually close

During these lockdown times PLUS ONE GALLERY keeps their social distance but like to be ‘virtually’ very close with the artists.

The following days and weeks they will give a glimpse of the studio of the artists they are collaborating with on their Instagram and Facebook page.

This virtual stop: Antwan Horfee, Paris (FR) Recently PLUS ONE Gallery showed work of Antwan Horfee during the group show ‘Echo Chamber’ and 1 Year ago Antwan had his 2nd solo show at the gallery ‘I’m the glue’.

Don't hesitate to contact PLUS ONE Gallery for more information about the works and future planned projects or visit their website.

Currently PLUS ONE is presenting some works of Antwan Horfee at 'Art Feeds', a project of The Wunderwall. For more information visit: www.thewunderwall.com.

The Wunderwall keeps on Art Feeding

The Wunderwall has launched a new project called Art Feeds: Their aspiration is to generate more visibility and support for emerging artists, while prioritizing the well-being of our society. Therefore, ...

The Wunderwall will donate 20% of each sale to the Antwerp food banks.

For every two euros donated, one meal can be prepared. "We share this percentage with our artists. Let’s take care of our society in need. Or as we say: LockDOWN, artUP! Together we can make a difference."

The Wunderwall is a joint initiative between two Antwerp-based galleries: PLUS ONE Gallery and Gallery Sofie Van de Velde. The Wunderwall is the material representation of artworks that have been collected in a mix & match manner, a selfcurated backdrop of small (or affordable) artworks by the hand of young and emerging artist in various media and styles.

Visit the website or Instagram for more information.

Sofie Van de Velde Gallery stays virtually close as well

"We stay in close contact with our artists and want to share their daily life during this (#)lockdown. As we believe in the abillity of art to connect people, this is a
(#)lockdownartup period. So we will share several things of our artists which spark creativity in these challenging times, or how we like to name it: (#)sharingarthusiasm."

  • Sofie Van de Velde Gallery

Image: Virtual visit: Catharina Dhaen

am studio shares SEE by Louise Mertens

am studio is delighted to represent the Antwerp-based visual artist Louise Mertens during this year’s (atypical) edition of Antwerp Art Weekend. For the first time, Louise created a complete series without using portraits or the human form, and visualizes the beauty of the coral’s dying process. Fascinated and concerned by the effects of global warming, she looks at the aesthetics of the perishable, the vulnerable and the fragile straight in the eye. The beautiful colors that corals expose when they take their last breath, the white skeletons, the grey inanimate colors and the elegant algae that envelop the dead coral.

Feel free to pass by at am studio (Mechelsesteenweg 100) to observe Louise Mertens' extraordinary SEE series from May 13 until May 23. am studio will officially re-open its gallery from the 13th of May, in accordance with the government Covid-19 guidelines. Please contact us by mail at studio@amdesigns.com to request the art catalog or to plan a private viewing.

Image: Heat, 2018 (80x120 cm)

NK Gallery highlights: Maria Agureeva

Can we consider the imitation of the truth to be a lie if it is embedded in our life so skilfully? Can the surrogate substitute “the real” if we are not able to distinguish between what is real and what is not anymore? Where is the boundary of the intrinsic parameters of what is “real“ in the modern world? The lines are getting blurred, and nothing seems intentionally artificial and we take it as a norm. Human body and psyche are in need of natural feelings of taste, surfaces, tactile sensations. “Back to nature” is becoming a slogan for the modern life, but do we still recognise the boundary between real and fake? Or have they become dissolved and we don’t see anything out of the ordinary in that?

Maria Agureeva was born in 1985. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design (Department of Graphic Design, 2003 - 2009), ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow) (2014-2015) . The artist works with installations, videos, performances, sculpture.

image: Garden of the Future, Maria Agureeva

Galerie TRANSIT

Bram Van Meervelde realiseerde een nieuwe reeks tekeningen op A4 formaat naar aanleiding van de quarantaine-toestanden.

Bram haalt zijn inspiratie in de stad en kijkt ernaar met een kritische en ook humoristische inslag.

De beelden zeggen genoeg.

Hierboven ziet u een detail van een tekening die ook in het Billboard project is opgenomen en deze link verwijst naar zijn webpagina op de website van TRANSIT waar een selectie tekeningen te zien zijn. Dit is de link naar een pdf met meer dan 60 tekeningen.

Image: Bram Van Meervelde, “… PENDANT LE TEMPS DU QUARANTAINE”, 2020, pen, collage & watercolour on drawing paper, 29,7 x 21 cm, unframed

Eva Steynen.Deviation(s) presents Johannes Ulrich Kubiak: STARBUCK

(postponed to August 2020)

The exhibition presents a new series of 40 watercolour drawings on paper in the form of a maritime travel diary, 'Starbuck', named after the altruistic character in Herman Melville’s grand novel about destruction and fanaticism.

Over the past 30 years, J.U. Kubiak has engaged in a process of experimentation with a variety of media in order to research depth, colour and structure. His work challenges and intertwines traditional genres and techniques in painting, drawing and photography informed by shifts in contemporary digital media. The basis of his paintings are underlying structures distilled from
photographs and sketches from his travels and urban wanderings.

Johannes Ulrich Kubiak (b. 1961, Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany) lived in London, New York and Berlin, and in 2017 moved to Belgium. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout
Germany, the U.S., Austria, France and Belgium. His work is held in several prestigious collections, including, Deutsche Bank, Bundesbank, Kunstsammlung Sachsen, Berlinische Galerie.

Click here for an online studio visit, and here for
Johannes Ulrich Kubiak's website.

Image: Johannes Ulrich Kubiak, STB#05, 2020, watercolor on paper, 36 x 25 cm, courtesy Eva Steynen.Deviation(s)

ZEIT

In what kind of world will we wake up tomorrow? Nobody can tell. After the virologists, who taught us to stop kissing and hugging, the politicians, who closed our museums and our nightclubs, and the media and the public at large all had their say, it’s about time we let the artists speak.

ZEIT, newcomer to the Antwerp art scene, invited Filip Collin (°1987) for a duo show with abstract veteran Jo Delahaut, originally planned to open in May. Now postponed until later this year, brief: encounter will see Filip present a site-specific installation as well as a selection of his neon works, collages, drawings and works in plexiglass.

In the meantime, some of Filip’s colourful creations can be seen in the group show BALLS!, which runs till the end of summer. Pay ZEIT a visit during your staycation!

ZEIT, Stanleystraat 16, 2018 Antwerp, www.zeitart.space

image: Filip Collin, Îles Jaunes, 2019

Re-openings

May 11
TICK TACK
May 14
Valerie Traan Gallery
 
IBASHO Gallery
 
Annie Gentils Gallery
 
Callewaert Vanlangendonck Collection
 
Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery
May 15
Stieglitz19
May 16
Moonstreet
May 19
M HKA
May 27
Zeno X Gallery
 
DMW Gallery
June 6
mariondecannière
 
Annette De Keyser Gallery
 
Geukens & De Vil
June 11
Tim Van Laere Gallery

Caution

This is a list with venues carefully re-opening their doors while following the guidelines and health procedures issued by the Belgian government. Caution: In accordance with government guidelines, the measures will be continuously monitored, and adjusted where necessary or possible. You can ring or write the venues for more information or appointments. Take care!

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