Kim De Ruysscher (1973) is well known for his sculptures and in situ installations. Significant in his oeuvre are technique and 'métier'.

After his graduation, the artist spent a decade in Carrara (Italy) where he concentrated on all facets of sculpture. A large segment of his work consists of sculptures fashioned out of classical materials: marble, limestone, natural stone. Thanks to his mastery of his sculpting, he manages to imbue his figures with enormous...



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Jozef Van Ruyssevelt ( Bazel – O.-Vlaanderen, 1941 – Essen 1985 ) volgt de opleiding Schilderkunst en Grafiek aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerpen. Hij krijgt er een goede band met zijn leermeester, de schilder, graficus en glazenier Jos Hendrickx (1906-1971). Later zal Van Ruyssevelt hem als leraar opvolgen aan de Antwerpse Academie.
May Suykerbuyk leerde hij kennen in 1966. Zij verkasten naar Essen, een groene landbouwgemeente aan de Nederlandse grens. Het...


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Galerie Zwart Huis presents the exhibition “Five decades works on paper: 1966-2014” by Richard Simoens from 4 October to 23 November. Simoens is highly influenced by Roger Raveel’s visual renewal, known as ‘The New Vision’, that he lead in the 60s. Simoens is Raveel’s second cousin and also followed courses taught by him. As Simoens’ work evolves, he creates his own distinct signature. The exhibition presents an overview of his works on
paper that extend...


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Modern architecture, Belgian design & Belgian art a unique experience? This is the intent of the collaboration between ArchitectenWoning, LostnFound and Galerie Zwart Huis. During Biennale Interieur 2014 in Kortrijk the three come together with an exposition at Villa M. This modernist house, designed by the architect Jan Tanghe, is exclusively open during the fair and will showcase unique pieces from Belgian designers and artists.

Villa M is an impressive modernist building on Jan...



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Jan De Vliegher loves baroque interiors and everything around them. Since a few years he draws inspiration from the sumptuous salons of the castles of Versailles, Schönbrunn and Sanssouci, the palaces in Venice, the glittering chandeliers in Murano glass, baroque floral arrangements, richly decorated plates from the treasury of the Hofburg in Vienna, crystal and porcelain from the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition Interiors brings all these themes together.

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Colin Waeghe has been living in Leipzig this year.  This makes an impression on an artist, that is to say a sensitive sensory system.  The current coloured facades nonetheless betray the East German period.  Do walls still have ears? The traces of the curtain have not yet been erased.  Your steps are slightly more cautious when you walk in town, for fear to get caught in the mill.  Aren’t people being followed, eavesdropped on?  That...

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André Van Schuylenbergh has a diverse body of artwork and an international reputation. In the eighties, he was recognised as the ‘New Wild’ in the Belgian painting scene. He was exclusively taken under the wings of the Swiss gallery Saccehtti, which was at the expense of further recognition in the Belgian art world.

Gallery Zwart Huis introduces Van Schuylenbergh’s almost unprecedented art to Belgium with works from the series ‘Les Nuits Africaines’. The exhibition...



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Koen Deprez (°1961) is the enfant terrible of Belgium’s architecture and interior world. He is mainly known for his eccentric approach to private and public interiors which seamlessly evolved from a passion for the countryside and the urban public space. This dates back to his studies, when he already did an internship at Rem Koolhaas’ OMA in Rotterdam and Alessandro Mendini’s Studio Alchimia in Milan. His plans and interventions result in beautiful drawings, paintings and...

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For the series ‘Cherubs’ Jan De Vliegher was inspired by a group of 18th-century statues that each represent a couple of angels. Those statues adorn the roof of the bandstand in the pleasure garden of the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The series refers to the earlier exhibitions 'Capitol' and 'Collections' with the statues and busts from the Capitoline Museum in Rome as a theme.

The works of Jan De Vliegher have a realistic character...



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For several years now, architectural motives play an important role in Hans Vandekerckhove's paintings. This is reflected in his painting from 2008 'The Philosopher's Greenhouse'. He is inspired by a greenhouse in the Monte Perdido and in L.M. Barcelona where Mies van de Rohe's pavilion on the Montjuic in Barcelona was the central focal point.

In his piece 'Another Realm', Vandekerckhove is inspired by the thermal baths designed by Peter Zumthor in Vals, Switzerland....



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John Clarysse explores the boundaries between recognition and alienation. His work is imbued with intriguing ambiguity. The groundwork consists of photographs, film stills, art history references and images from the media and advertising world. While painting, he further manipulates and interprets the images by adding words, quotes, text fragments or logos. As a result, he suggests the original obviousness of the image at hand.

The series ‘Suspicious Landscapes’ references fictitious advertising images. Idealistic mountain...



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Koen Broucke is two people in one: he is an artist and historian. By means of these passions, he creates work composed of fabricated documentaries of fictitious characters and visual arts. For instance, Broucke created Leslie Francois as a passionate musician who imitates Listz, Achille Kerkhaven as an amateur painter and contractor of the caves of the Virgin Mary, Oscar Mozart as a botanist who makes botanical illustrations, Francis Lennos as a historical painter, Alain...

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The wondrous world of the surrealist sculptor Luk Van Soom is populated with mythical figures and eccentrics: Atlanteans, scuba divers, mountain climbers, astronauts — in short, people with a vocation. He is also fascinated in the primal elements such as fire, water, planets, stars and clouds. His visual language of excessive forms, interlacing motifs, twisting lines and playful ornamentation refers to his intense affinity with baroque. Van Soom masters a great and intrinsic skill: the...

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Yves Beaumont still finds the 'inspiration' for his oeuvre in landscapes. He thoughtfully explores the relations between reality and imagination, between what is represented and the image that takes form on the carrier. The recognisability remains present to a greater or lesser degree, but the sketched or painted image becomes an autonomical, sensual entity. The reality of the image constantly prevails over the reality of the concept evoked. Undoubtedly Yves Beaumont is conscious of the...

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For his series of works entitled 'Plates' Jan De Vliegher found inspiration in the crystal and porcelain in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The works of Jan De Vliegher have a realistic character and are located in the figurative field. The Vliegher does not adhere to the narrative or the anecdote, but is searching for universal situations. He is no history painter, he tells no stories, he does not...



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Karin Borghouts is fascinated by places. She took her first photos in the zoo — not of the animals, but of their habitats. She developed, as a result, the surprising series ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Her keen, analytical eye allows her to touch the sensitivities in the environment, interiors and buildings. Doors, windows, corridors and stairs are approached with an archetypal significance. Spatial information is no longer present but is elevated by the photo to...

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Gilbert Decock (Knokke, Belgium 1928-2007) was one of the Flanders most outspoken practitioners of geometric abstraction. At a very early stage in his artistic career, he was convinced that art had a higher destination than simply the reproduction of visual reality. His work stemmed from the painters (Jozef Peeters en Georges Vantongerloo) of De Stijl from the twenties. In addition, he helped lay the foundation for the postwar growth of abstract constructivism. Characteristics of his...

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Karen Vermeren (°1982) is fascinated by natural landscapes reminiscent of geological times: landslides, fractions and natural processes. Just like a natural landscape, she tries to make her works liveable, changeable and without boundaries. Unusual materials (acrylic, plastic film and tape) are used directly on walls, floors, windows or ceilings. She makes temporary murals, which are only limited by the space itself. In intense color schemes she evokes a kind of landscapes that are neither abstract...

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Dirk Vermeirre (°1949) is an art photographer who has been following artists in their own world for many years. The artistic qualities of his photographs were noticed by Christoph Ruys, the former director of the Photography Museum in Antwerp and Aktueel editor at Lido, who also specializes in art books. Ruys decided to publish the book ‘The White Panther’ with black-and-white photos by Vermeirre of Antwerp legend Fred Bervoets.

At the request of Dirk...



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Jozef Van Ruyssevelt ( Bazel – O.-Vlaanderen, 1941 – Essen 1985 ) volgt de opleiding Schilderkunst en Grafiek aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerpen.
Hij krijgt er een goede band met zijn leermeester, de schilder, graficus en glazenier Jos Hendrickx (1906-1971). Later zal Van Ruyssevelt hem als leraar opvolgen aan de Antwerpse Academie.
Over de periode aan de Academie vertelt zijn vrouw May Suykerbuyk: “ Zijn leraarschap heeft hem veel kopzorgen bezorgt....



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Piet Raemdonck is primarily known for his flower vase paintings, his compositions and his landscapes. To this day, abstraction plays an elemental role in his work. This is not surprising as the motif is often completely abandoned; the colours and the light do the work. He opts for a pure illumination by which he references Velasquez: “Through him, I really experience the light as a vibration in which the work vibrates before the eyes; it...

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Fragility is the central theme in the works of Teirlinck. The fragility of the light she seeks again and again, but also the fragility of the subjects she chooses. Her work is very diverse: landscapes, still lifes, portraits, nudes. But the fragility in all its meanings remains the key. Teirlinck paints by observation, with living models and no photographs. She refuses the straitjacket of a framework for her canvases and lets the painting extend to...

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For the series of works entitled 'Treasury' Jan De Vliegher found inspiration in the crystal and porcelain in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The works of Jan De Vliegher have a realistic character and are located in the figurative field. The Vliegher does not adhere to the narrative or the anecdote, but is searching for universal situations. He is no history painter, he tells no stories, he does not...



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Hans Vendekerckhove's artwork has a strong, contemplative presence. Although he predominately paints the perceived reality, each work is a self-portrait. As an individual and as an artist, he has a strong relation with the nature. He paints an imaginary world based on childhood memories of gardens, greenhouses, long-distant trips and long walks. Sometimes the landscapes are desolate, sometimes with one (himself?) or more figures. Vandekerckhove is also a historian, inspired by art history, architecture, literature...

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The Champagne Charlie series presents casinos, gaming tables, Music Halls and burlesque figures as the primary focus. The scenes are inspired by Victorian London with its sing-a-long Music Halls and its exotic gambling venues like the Monte Carlo casino. The emphasis lies in the artificial light that frames the players and crowd in the intoxicating spirit of winning or losing.
The paintings are based on Chinese ink studies, which are then reproduced in tone and...


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Thierry Renard (1951 - 2011) was a top lawyer in Brussels and New York, specializing in international law. Since his childhood, he cut up paper into collages with a message. His first collage, in 1967, was a love letter on a piano score replacing the musical notes by eyes. The picture said so much more than words. In 1995 he decided to put an end to his lawyers career and to finally dedicate his time...

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Yves Beaumont still finds the 'inspiration' for his oeuvre in landscapes. He thoughtfully explores the relations between reality and imagination, between what is represented and the image that takes form on the carrier. The recognisability remains present to a greater or lesser degree, but the sketched or painted image becomes an autonomical, sensual entity. The reality of the image constantly prevails over the reality of the concept evoked. Undoubtedly Yves Beaumont is conscious of the...

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The series Cinque Terre was created after a visit in July 2009 to Cinque Terre, five villages in the rocky coastal area on the Riviera di Levante in Liguria, Italy. The villages there are clinging to vertiginous cliffs. The brightly colored houses have facades in yellow, orange, pink and red tones that contrast with the green of their shutters. The contrast of the pink and orange facades with the clear azure sky enhances the color...

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Vanriet's exhibition 'Gezichtverlies' presents a small series of portraits of deportees from the Dossin barracks in Mechelen, Belgium. He makes us of a monumental publication from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance in Mechelen: Mechelen-Auschwitz 1942-1944. There are four books with more than eighteen thousand photos of people who were deported to German camps during WWII. The series is an obvious successor to his previous exhibitions 'Transport and Meikever'...

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The glamourous portraits of Liliane Vertessen are very much staged and bathe in a Hollywood-like atmosphere. Vertessen uses herself as a model and plays several roles: the lady, the queen, the femme fatale, the prostitute, la pantera rosa, Lola, the innocent girl. She dresses up in romantic garments, lingerie, tiger packs or men's suits.

When the photo session is complete, the staging goes on: the black and white photographs are colored, covered with feathers,...



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Marilou van Lierop's work consists of photos and photo-collages that she then paints. This alters their meaning; the original context disappears and is replaced by a new one. Typically, small or large groups of people are depicted, sometimes enormous masses. It is not the individual but the group that is central.
At first she painted nature – unbounded landscapes, in which different viewpoints were combined into one work; as such, nature leads a life of...


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