Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze
From 16 November, 2018, until 24 February, 2019, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is showing the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg. This is the first show devoted to Vandenberg in Germany. 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. On view is a highly diverse and multifaceted 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.
The exhibition will subsequently be shown at the Pasquart Kunsthaus in Bienne (Switzerland).
Lecture: Kill Them All. Bilder des göttlichen Windes
From 16 November, 2018, until 24 February, 2019, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is showing the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg. On the occasion of this exhibition the Austrian cultural scientist, philosopher and author Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho gives a lecture entitled Kill Them All. Bilder des göttlichen Windes. Starting from his research on the subject of death and the cult of the dead, Macho will elaborate on the sensibilities in the work of Vandenberg, who elevated kamikaze (the divine wind) to his artistic principle.
Book Presentation: Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze
On 12 December, 2018, Uitgeverij Kannibaal and the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation are presenting the book Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze in S.M.A.K., Ghent. During the Belgian presentation of the catalogue, Vandenberg’s Kamikaze attitude will be celebrated. Museum director Philippe Van Cauteren discusses the theme with curator Dr. Brigitte Kölle, followed by a lecture by Peter Verhelst, who reads a selection of poems. Never-before-seen footage of Vandenberg will be screened and for the reception the extensive music collection of the artist will be taken from the dust.
Screening: L’âme est vagabonde
From 7 February until 14 April, 2019, the art organisation Shelter of Art presents the festival Ateliers d’artistes in the Halles de St-Géry, Brussels. By means of an exhibition, conferences and a film program the festival questions the role of the artist studio in the urbanity of Brussels and its creative dynamism. For the film program L’âme est vagabonde (2015) was selected. For this film by Guillaume Vandenberghe and Raphaël Kolacz, the directors returned to the apartment of the painter after his suicide in 2009 and filmed the traces left by the painter, the lover and the father.
Vitrine: Philippe Vandenberg
From 8 February, 2019, until 10 March, 2019, Vitrine: Philippe Vandenberg will be on view in NICC, Brussels. On a two monthly basis the artist run initiative presents a solo exhibition in a display window not far from Brussels South railway station. Philippe Vandenberg is the first non-living artist selected for Vitrine and will be represented by two word paintings from his later oeuvre. For the opening on 8 February, Prof. Dr. Marek Wieczorek (University of Washington) will give a lecture around his work followed by a screening of A Painter Is as Oedipus on the Road by Julien Vandevelde.
Films on Art: Reflections on Philippe Vandenberg
On 10 and 12 December, 2018, Art Cinema OFFoff will be screening a selection of films on Philippe Vandenberg. Conceived of as a reflection on the artist through the medium of film, it is the first time such a selection is on view on the big screen. Playing these evenings are the trilogy Les Trois Lettres by Guillaume Vandenberghe and Raphaël Kolacz, including La Lettre au Nègre (2003), Jardin Noir (2008) and L’âme est vagabonde (2015), and Julien Vandevelde’s A Painter Is as Oedipus on the road (2004).
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: Matthew Day Jackson & Philippe Vandenberg
From June 23 until July 28, 2018, the galleries of the Amsterdam Jordaan district organized Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP). Under the title ‘Veracht den burgerman, doch ledig zijne kruiken’ (‘Despise the solid burgherman, but drink deep of his flagon’), Joost Declercq, director of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Sint Martens-Latem in Belgium) and curator Charlotte Crevits, co-curated an unparalleled art program. The guiding principle for this edition of NAP has been to pair one artist represented from his or her gallery in Amsterdam with an artist not represented in the gallery’s program. One of the participating galleries was GRIMM, were a duo exhibition by the American artist Matthew Day Jackson and painter Philippe Vandenberg took place. On view was a diverse selection of works by Vandenberg, among which a burlesque figurative painting from the early late ’80s, a monochrome from the mid-nineties, and a word painting from the late 2000s
From 13 July until 20 July, 2018, the group exhibition I Object took place in the Oud Gerechtsgebouw (Old Courthouse) of Ghent. It focussed on the assessment of artistic choices and approached the theme from different angles. To this objective artists were invited to show two pivotal works from their oeuvre, to underscore the substantive and formal limitations creative choices often result from. After all, many artists arrive to a point where the rules they set in their practice seem to dictate the law. How do artists deal with these limitations? Will they be guided by them? Or does the artist protest? Attesting to this issue were two early text works by Philippe Vandenberg from the years 1995-1996.
S&D#25: Philippe Vandenberg
During one of the many cleanup sessions at the very beginning of 019, an artist collective running an exhibition and work space in a former welding factory in Ghent, they came across an old discarded flagpole. They restored it to its original spot and raised a flag introducing ourselves to the neighborhood. A second flagpole arose with S&D#25. In January 2016 the pole moved to Ghent to be placed on a pedestal designed by Olivier Goethals. From that moment, S&D#025 functions as a mobile exhibition space with a growing archive of Belgiums’ largest flags. In the summer of 2018, a flag design based on a word drawing by Philippe Vandenberg was on view on Dok-Noord, an industrial site in the old port of Ghent. Printed on a flag of 800 x 680 cm, the drawing with the text ‘Let’s drink the sea and dance’ waved for two months over Ghent’s inland waters.
On 31 August, 2018, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens organised the twelfth edition of its annual (Tuin)Feest ([Garden] Party) in Flanders Expo, Ghent. Central to the party were a Paddle8 Internet auction and a Christie’s live benefit auction. They are crucial for the museum, as all proceeds of the evening go to the daily operation of the museum, that strives to create an optimal exhibition context for the artists. The Estate Philippe Vandenberg donated the drawing No Title (1996-1997) to the institution. This text drawing, overpainted with a circle in intense black gouache, was on view during the (Tuin)Feest together with the other works of both auctions.
Het Gouden Paviljoen
From 10 March until 20 May, 2018, the group exhibition Het Gouden Paviljoen (The Golden Pavilion) was on view in the Warande, Turnhout. The title of the exhibition refers to a classic novel from Japanese literature. Yukio Mishima describes in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion the thoughts and emotions of a young acolyte. The temple of the monastery where he resides is of unearthly beauty. To him this beauty is in such way confrontational that it becomes a torture. In Het Gouden Paviljoen the Warande brought together work from a very diverse selection of artists and testified on how beauty can be (too) overwhelming, to the point of being a torture and destructive. On view in the exhibition were four drawn variations on the crucifixion by Philippe Vandenberg from 1996.
Lust, Laughter, Liquor
From March 22 until May 5, 2018, the group exhibition Lust, Laughter, Liquor was on view in PLUS-ONE Gallery and Gallery Sofie Van de Velde. It was their first jointly curated exhibition after in May 2017, the galleries decided to reinforce their projects in a shared and second gallery space in the Nieuw Zuid area in Antwerp. From a common sense of entrepreneurship in art, but with their own perspective on artistic choices, their philosophy is one of collaboration and sharing. With Lust, Laughter, Liquor the two galleries continued on their collaborative path and celebrated their positive and open-minded attitude towards art. On view in the exhibition were two rare assemblages by Philippe Vandenberg from the year 1996.
Art & Alphabet
From 21 July until 31 October, 2017, the exhibition Art & Alphabet was on view in the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Taking place across two floors of the Gallery of Contemporary Art, the exhibition focussed on the complex interrelation of script and image in contemporary art. On view were works in a variety of media by 22 international artists from 15 different countries that deal with elements of a broad range of languages and writing systems, exploring their impact as visual signs, expanding on them, and transforming them artistically. In line with the theme curator Brigitte Kölle presented two large walls of text drawings by Philippe Vandenberg, which he made between 2005 and 2008.
From 17 November, 2017, until 25 February, 2018, the group exhibition Ecce Homo, organised by Gallery Geukens & De Vil, took place at several locations throughout Antwerp. The starting point of the exhibition was a simple observation: we live in an era in which humanity and mankind are violated on different levels. This exhibition wanted to show how artists express the inequality in the development and freedom of humankind in various parts of the world. It was an intended decision to choose only artists living and working in Belgium with the exception of one artist that could not be ignored considering the subject: Philippe Vandenberg. On view at the exhibition were four works by Vandenberg: three blood drawings from circa 1996 displaying the word honte (shame) and a big text drawing from 2005-2008 with the sentence: “Kill Them All and Dance”.
Catalogue: Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze
From November 16, 2018, until February 24, 2019, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is showing the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, comprising some 80 paintings and over 120 drawings and prints. For the occasion of this exhibition a catalogue is published by Uitgeverij Kannibaal and Walther König Verlag. The comprehensive book is edited by Dr. Brigitte Kölle and Felicity Lunn, and includes essays in German, Dutch and French by Harald Falckenberg, Josephine Karg, Kölle, Lunn, Johannes Muselaers and Marek Wieczoreck.
The Philippe Vandenberg Foundation is happy to welcome you to their new website. Conceived of as place for discovery, it neatly documents the work and life of Philippe Vandenberg and the operations of the Foundation. The website gives an overview of Vandenberg’s biography, the exhibitions he participated in and the majority of publications on and by the artist. Available online for a first time, is a broad selection of films, texts and press articles that appeared throughout his life. The website moreover acquaints the visitor with the many domains the Foundation operates in, ranging from managing the studio, to organizing exhibitions, to conducting research. The website was designed by Ine Meganck and Chloé D’Hauwe from Studio Ine Meganck and was developed by Matthieu Serruys.
L’important c’est le kamikaze
For the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg: Kamikaze at the Hamburger Kunsthalle Guillaume Vandenberghe and Neel Cockx created L’important c’est le kamikaze, a film shot in the artist’s still-existing studio in Molenbeek, Brussels. With a curious eye, they explore an archive consisting of paintings, drawings, personal objects and collections, as well as arrangements of painting utensils. In atmospheric images, supplemented by quotes and original audio and video clips, Vandenberg’s creative process is recounted, while revealing aspects of his personality.
The film will be premiered during the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg: Kamikaze in the Hamburger Kunsthalle and is produced by Savage Film.
Joan Mitchell Foundation launches new workbook
The Joan Mitchell Foundation released a new workbook, titled Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors. Developed in partnership with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC), the workbook includes in-depth sections on legal matters pertaining to intellectual property and copyright as well as estate vehicles, such as wills, trusts, and artist-endowed foundations, among others. The legal details are complemented by perspectives from a diverse group of arts professionals. Serving as a best practice in the workbook, the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation shares information and context on the constellation of entities and relationships that play a role in the legacy-planning process.
Hélène Vandenberghe featured in Let’s Talk Abstract
Time and again, lay people interested in art and professionals alike stand dumbfounded before abstract paintings. Let’s Talk Abstract attempts to open up the impenetrable veneer of abstract painting and bring it closer to the viewer. To this purpose, editor Carolin Scharpff-Striebich — collector and director of the Scharpff Collection — conducted trenchant discussions with sixteen leading figures in the international art establishment, each of whom selected an abstract painting to comment upon. One of these interviewees is Hélène Vandenberghe, director of the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, who discusses the emotional and intellectual sensibilities underlying an untitled abstract painting by her father.
From 16 september to 16 december, 2018, the city of Oudenaarde organises an ambitious exhibition around 17th century painter Adriaen Brouwer. Simultaneously on view in the local Pamele Church is Charivari, a group show bringing together a selection of 30 contemporary artists. Charivari is inspired by the artistic heritage of Brouwer, who left behind an oeuvre that bears witness of a critical, often moralizing but always humorous look at society. In the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg is represented by two works, an untitled comic work from 1989 and a collage on canvas from circa 1996, displaying a big ironic smile.