Tekst: Brigitte Kölle e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 268
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Hannibal Publishing, 2018
Formaat: 27,5 x 20 cm
Staat: Als nieuw
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in de Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2017
Retrospective monograph on Philippe Vandenberg, one of Belgium’s most radical painters – Published to accompany an exhibition at The Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, from 16 November 2018 to 24 February 2019, moving to Pasquart Kunsthaus, Bienne, Switzerland The Hamburger Kunsthalle is showing the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Belgian artist Philippe Vandenberg (1952-2009), comprising some 80 paintings and over 120 drawings and prints. This is the first show devoted to Vandenberg in Germany, inviting visitors to discover an important artist who may be unfamiliar to them. Highly acclaimed in his home country of Belgium, Vandenberg produced a radical and unsparing oeuvre that is just now achieving greater international prominence. The title of the exhibition, Kamikaze, describes the artist’s drastic working methods and results, a basic precept of which is that creativity is only possible through the deliberate destruction of what has gone before. Going beyond any single artistic ‘style’, Vandenberg created complex images of our times which resonate with both contemporary pertinence and existential significance. The majority of the works on loan came from the artist’s estate and are now being presented to the public for the first time. On view is a highly diverse and multi-faceted body of paintings and works on paper: early figurative depictions are supplanted by Expressionist renderings, monochromatic pictures and abstract geometric overpaintings follow on the heels of graffiti-like pieces. In his final years, Vandenberg engaged with words and sentence fragments in his images. Literature and art history, myths and legends as well as current world events find expression in his art. Recurring signs and symbols (circle, cross, Swastika, dog, lion and bear) inhabit his works. They tell of the dark side of humanity, of hatred and violence, coldness and persecution, but also of interpersonal intimacy and participation. Vandenberg’s art displays a compelling intensity that has the power to both disturb and excite, to stir and goad its viewers – while giving them ample food for thought. Text in English and German. Contents: Essay Brigitte K lle; Essay Felicity Lunn; Essay Harald Falckenbergs; Essay Marek Wieczorek; Catalogue texts by Josephine Karg. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, from 16 November 2018 to 24 February 2019, moving to Pasquart Kunsthaus, Bienne, Switzerland.