Jesse Van Winden, Maarten Liefooghe, Merel van Tilburg, Hélène Vandenberghe and John C. Welchman (from left to right) discussing a work of Philippe Vandenberg in his studio in Molenbeek, Brussels, 2016. © Joke Floreal


Drawing in Practice 2020

During Drawing in Practice, the research and workshop program that ran from 20 to 24 January, 2020, students engaged on a theoretical and a practical level with the draughtmanship of Philippe Vandenberg. Through workshops in the vicinity of his work, they were encouraged to question the place their draughtsmanship occupies in their practice as an artist under the supervision of specialist on the work of Vandenberg and fellow artists.

Drawing in Practice was set up in collaboration with four prominent Belgian art schools: erg – école de recherche graphique (Brussels), La Cambre–École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels (Brussels), Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and KASK–School of Arts (Ghent). The art program was organised in the context of the solo exhibition Philippe Vandenberg: Molenbeek that will open in September 2020 in BOZAR. The lecturers were:

Melanie Deboutte, Director, Roger Raveel Museum, BE
Nico Dockx, Artist, BE
Dr. Carine Fol, Director, CENTRALE, BE
Pélagie Gbaguidi, Artist, BE
Henri Jacobs, Artist and professor, KASK, BE
Emilio López-Menchero, Artist and professor, KASK, BE
Eva Lybeer, Psychoanalyst, BE
Jan Mast, Artist, BE
Johannes Muselaers, Researcher, Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, BE
Xavier Noiret-Thomé, Artist and professor, La Cambre, BE
Dr. Raphaël Pirenne, Art critic and Professor, erg and La Cambre, BE
Raphaël Van Lerberghe, Artist and professor, erg, BE
Niels Van Tomme, Director, Argos, BE
Guillaume Vandenberghe, Director, Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, BE
Hélène Vandenberghe, Director, Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, BE
Mo Vandenberghe, Director, Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, BE
Peter Verhelst, Writer, BE
Ignace Wouters, Artist, BE

The participants were:

Erg: Joseph Decroix, Yvan Riondet, Mey Semtati, Loïs Soleil,
La Cambre: Emilie Bedin, Amat Gueye, Fabien Karp, Alexanne Sanchez
KASK: Julie De Kezel, Paul-Emile Boils, Alice Loparic, Robin Verslegers
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp: Santiago Evans, Jessica Juchtmans, Leander Sebrechts, Witold Vandenbroeck, Anouk Van Offenwert, Yi Zhang


Throughout his life Philippe Vandenberg met with substantial popular and critical acclaim, most of which however was rather local. Critical interpretations within an international perspective only recently emerged. This trend is encouraged by the Foundation by organizing closed seminars, granting the oeuvre of Philippe Vandenberg the critical attention it deserves.

Conceived of as a direct confrontation with Vandenberg’s oeuvre, a selection of scholars, curators and artists from Belgium and beyond assembles in his studio, gathered around a choice of paintings and drawings made by them in advance. Each having their own background they are asked to freely elaborate on this selection to stimulate new readings of his work. The results of these discussions are overwhelming, generating ideas and thoughts on topics as diverse as the oeuvre’s semiotics, iconography or iconology. To ensure the information from the seminars is not lost, they were recorded and transcribed. The transcriptions from the previous seminars can be consulted on this website.

Seminar 2017

The 2017 edition of the seminar took place on October 26-27 and was conducted by Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts (Adjunct-Professor, Ghent University, BE). The participants of this edition were:

Melanie Dankbar, Director, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, CH
Caroline Dumalin, Curator, WIELS, BE
Giulio D’Ali Aula, London, UK
Dr. Brigitte Kölle, Senior Curator, Hamburger Kunsthalle, DE
Felicity Lunn, Director, Centre PasquArt, Biel, CH
Anne Pontégnie, Curator, Cranford Collection, London, UK
Barry Rosen, Advisor to artists and artists’ estates, US
Samuel Saelemakers, Curator, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
Niels Van Tomme, Director, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
Prof. Dr. Marek K. Wieczorek, Associate professor, University of Washington, Seattle, US

Seminar 2016

The 2016 edition of the seminar took place on May 19-20 and was conducted by Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts (Adjunct-Professor, Ghent University, BE). The participants of this edition were:

Dr. Jo Applin, Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
Dr.Anna Dezeuze, Lecturer, Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille Méditerranée, FR
Elodie Evers, Independent Curator, Berlin, DE
Tom Hunt, Director, Gallery Hauser & Wirth, London, UK
Prof. Dr. Maarten Liefooghe, Assistant Professor, VUB, BE
Dr. Raphäel Pirenne, Professor, Erg, La Cambre, BE
Dr. Merel van Tilburg, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Geneva, London, UK
Jesse Van Winden, Archivist, Ghent University Library, BE
Prof. Dr. John C. Welchman, Professor, University of California, San Diego, US

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