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L’âme est vagabonde

October 27, 2021 — October 27, 2021
Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)

On October 27, 2021, on the occasion of the premiere of the film De echo van kogel by Silke Sarens the film L’âme est vagabonde (2015) was screened in Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Belgium. Directed by Guillaume Vandenberghe and Raphaël Kolacz, the filmmakers returned to the apartment of Vandenberg after his suicide in 2009 and filmed the traces left by the painter, the lover and the father.


Article

Een veelheid aan schilders: Fotoportretten van Philippe Vandenberg

September 1, 2021 — October 31, 2021
De Witte Raaf

In the October-November edition of De Witte Raaf, the article Een veelheid aan schilders: Fotoportretten van Philippe Vandenberg was published. This article by Eléa De Winter and Prof. Wouter Davidts takes a closer look at the photographic portraits of Philippe Vandenberg. With these images as a starting point, they investigate the tension between the image of one’s own artistry and the (posthumous) interpretation of it.


Group exhibition

Gates (Might) Open Soon

July 9, 2021 — July 17, 2021
KANAL, Brussels (BE)

Between July 9 and July 17, 2021, the group exhibition Gates (Might) Open Soon took place at KANAL in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition explored the socio-cultural phenomenon of the festival and its various manifestations. Traditionally understood as celebrations that include rituals and ceremonies, festivals also question social hierarchies and produce ephemeral communities based on sharing. Offering both escapism and liberation, festivals open the gates to a flow of emotions, revealing the sensual, spontaneous, and even darker sides of human nature. Philippe Vandenberg was represented by the work La danse (The Dance).


Group exhibition

Grand bazar – Choix de Jean-Hubert Martin dans la collection Antoine de Galbert

June 27, 2021 — October 3, 2021
Château d’Oiron, Oiron (FR)

Between June 27 and October 3, 2021, the group exhibition Grand Bazar took place in the Château d’Oiron in Oiron, France. At the invitation of the Centre des monuments nationaux, nearly 170 works from the Antoine de Galbert collection were selected by curator Jean-Hubert Martin to interact with the permanent collection of contemporary art Curios & Mirabilia. In the exhibition galleries, Antoine de Galbert’s collection unfolded according to its own themes, with an important place given to the eye, the face and its expressions, and wounds.


Guided visit

Art Brussels Week

June 3, 2021 — June 6, 2021
Studio Philippe Vandenberg, Brussels (BE)

Between June 3 and June 6, 2021, the Art Brussels Week took place virtually and throughout Belgium. It celebrated a week of contemporary art through a fascinating online and offline program of exhibitions. On the occasion of the Art Brussels Week, the studio of Philippe Vandenberg near Tour & Taxis was open to the public during guided tours. It was a unique opportunity to appreciate its atmosphere and the artist’s modus operandi.


Group exhibition

A Non-u-mental History of M HKA – Part 1: Foundation Gordon Matta-Clark

May 2, 2021 — August 29, 2021
M HKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)

Between May 2 and August 29, 2021, the group exhibition A Non-u-mental History of M HKA took place in M HKA – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium. In this presentation, 34 well-known and lesser-known works were shown that helped to determine the origins and identity of M HKA. They were supplemented with relevant documents that took us back to the late 1970s and the 1980s. On view during the exhibition was an artwork by Philippe Vandenberg from 1981, donated by the artist to the Gordon-Matta-Clark Foundation, which constituted the basis for the M HKA collection.


Group exhibition

Who wants to dance with me?

May 1, 2021 — May 30, 2021
Les Ballets C de la B, Ghent (BE)

Between May 1 and May 30, 2021, the group exhibition Who wants to dance with me? took place in the buildings of the dance company Les Ballets C de la B in Ghent, Belgium. It was the first time that Les Ballets welcomed visitors to their working space for an exhibition that was halfway between a look behind the scenes and a group show. Next to works from Stéphane Mandelbaum, Tatjana Gerhard, Henk Visch, Bendt Eyckermans and Terri Bowden, three paintings of Vandenberg from ca. 1999-2001 were on view.


Flag

Flag: Let’s Drink the Sea and Dance

March 11, 2021 — May 31, 2021
Ninoofsepoort / Porte de Ninove (Brussels, BE)

Between March 11 and May 31, one of the largest flags in Belgium based on a drawing by Philippe Vandenberg, flew proudly in the Brussels canal zone. By hoisting the flag, the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek lived on in the public space. Pole and flag are an initiative of the artist collective 019. Its installation was made possible by the municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation.


Guided visit

Virtual visits: Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek

November 21, 2020 — December 5, 2020
Online

Between September 19, 2020 and January 24, 2021, the solo exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek took place in BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium. The artist’s Molenbeek could also discovered during unique virtual guided tours throughout the exhibition. On November 21 (NL), 28 (FR) and December 5 (ENG), the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation organised online guided by the researchers of the foundation.

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Film festival

Millenium Festival: Kamikaze

October 19, 2020 — October 19, 2020
CIVA, Brussels (BE)

Kamikaze was selected for the film festival Millenium in Brussels, Belgium. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Group exhibition

Danser Brut

September 24, 2020 — January 10, 2021
BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

Between September 24, 2020 and January 4, 2021, the group exhibition Danser Brut took place in BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium. Danser Brut attempted to reveal the connection between dance and involuntary or repetitive movements. The exhibition examined different forms of expression of the body, the face and the hands as a translation of our being-in-the-world. Through an intriguing mix of Art Brut, modern and contemporary art, medical archive documents, film excerpts, etc., the exhibition defied any categorisation.


Solo exhibition

Extended: Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek

September 17, 2020 — January 24, 2021
BOZAR, Brussels (BE)

Between September 19, 2020 and January 24, 2020, the solo exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek took place in BOZAR, Brussels. The exhibition threw light on the years spent in Brussels by Philippe Vandenberg. Until his death in 2009, Vandenberg worked in Molenbeek, where he became deeply conscious of the area’s social realities. In this exhibition curator Barry Rosen explored Vandenberg’s socially engaged art from that period with over 300 works on paper. With drawings, graphic elements and paper sculptures he led you through the artist’s Molenbeek: an imaginary site in which personal life is caught up in the problems of the big city, world conflicts and history. Molenbeek was the first major Belgian exhibition of Philippe Vandenberg’s radical oeuvre since his death.


News

Website Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek

September 17, 2020 — January 3, 2021
Online

On the occasion of the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek a website was created. With original images and documentation, it immerses you in Philippe Vandenberg’s studio and the Molenbeek of his time. The website was an initiative of BOZAR and the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation and was created by artist and graphic designer Jan Mast.


Wool blanket

Wool blanket by Artlead

September 17, 2020 — January 3, 2021
Artlead

On the occasion of the solo exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek in BOZAR, Artlead made a beautiful wool blanket in collaboration with the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation. Featured on the blanket is a drawing from the (Auc)un grand amour suffit series, one of the highlights of the exhibition. The blanket is 100% made in Belgium and can be ordered on the website of Artlead.


Television

Canvas: Kamikaze

August 30, 2020 — August 30, 2020
Canvas, Belgium

On August 30, 2020, Kamikaze was broadcasted on the Belgian national television station Canvas. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Group exhibition

Kaléidoscope

July 4, 2020 — September 6, 2020
Kunsthaus centre d'art Pasquart, Biel-Bienne (CH)

Between July 4 and September 6, 2020, the group exhibition Kaléidoscope took place in Kunsthaus centre d’art Pasquart in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland. Marking its 30th jubilee year, the Kunsthaus looked back on 30 years of collecting activity. The exhibition presented new acquisitions, works that have rarely been seen as well as others that are familiar, series of works or individual pieces. The variety reflected the changing views of those protagonists who have helped mould the collection, but also the role of donations in defining new emphases. On view during the exhibition was the work De Gids (The Guide) from 1998 by Philippe Vandenberg.


Group exhibition

De route wordt opnieuw berekend

June 2, 2020 — January 3, 2021
Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL)

Between June 2, 2020 and January 3, 2021, the group exhibition De route wordt opnieuw berekend took place in Museum De Pont in Tilburg, the Netherlands. This large collection presentation looked at thirty years of collecting from the turbulent era in which we currently find ourselves. Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, director of the institution since one year, and curator Maria Schnyder, compiled an exhibition with familiar works, new acquisitions and rarely seen pieces. The collection of De Pont holds several works by Philippe Vandenberg. During the exhibition, a selection of his works spanning the years 1997-2008 was on view.


Group exhibition

Hope

March 22, 2020 — June 21, 2020
Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen (DE)

Between March 22 and June 21, 2020, the group exhibition Hope took place in the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen, Germany. As the third exhibition in the Faith, Love, Hope trilogy, it took a look at the concept of hope. The exhibition brought together expressions of religious and spiritual forms of hope with newer forms of hope that have risen to the fore through the secularization of Europe of the pas two centuries: promises of salvation through technological progress or political ideology. During the exhibition the work Over de berg loopt het spoor (The Track Runs Over the Mountain) by Philippe Vandenberg was on view.


Film festival

Rencontres du film d’art : Kamikaze

January 23, 2020 — January 26, 2020
Rencontres du film d'art, Saint-Gaudens (FR)

Kamikaze was selected for the film festival Rencontres du film d’art in Saint-Gaudens, France. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Art program

Drawing in Practice

January 20, 2020 — January 24, 2020
Studio Philippe Vandenberg and La Cambre, Brussels (BE)
Philippe Vandenberg drawing dick Pencil paper dog 2000

On the occasion of the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg. Molenbeek, the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation organised the research and workshop program Philippe Vandenberg: Drawing in Practice. During the program, students engaged on a theoretical and a practical level with the draughtsmanship 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 specialists on the work of Vandenberg and artists.


Film festival

LIDF: Kamikaze

November 30, 2019 — November 30, 2019
Khalili Theatre, London (UK)

Kamikaze was selected for the film festival LIDF – The London International Documentary Festival, where it was screened on November 30, 2020 in the Khalili Theatre in London, UK. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Lecture

Guess Who’s Coming to Diner: Drawing in Practice

November 28, 2019 — November 28, 2019
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)

On November 28, 2019, the talk Drawing in Practice was held by the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation as a part of the lecture series Guess Who’s Coming to Diner in the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, Belgium. Under the title Drawing in Practice it focussed on the relationship between drawing and painting in the œuvre of Vandenberg. The lecture was organised as an introduction to the research and workshop program of the same name that took place in January 2020. This program was organised in collaboration with erg – École de Recherche Graphique (Brussels), KASK – School of Arts (Ghent), La Cambre (Brussels) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp).


Film festival

Cinemistica: Kamikaze

November 27, 2019 — November 27, 2019
Faculty of Psychology of the University of Granada, Granada (ESP)

Kamikaze was selected for the film festival Cinemistica, where it was screened on November 27, 2020 in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Granada, Spain. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Group exhibition

Love

October 13, 2019 — January 26, 2020
Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen (DE)

Between October 13, 2019 and January 26, 2020, the group exhibition Love took place in the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen, Germany. As the second exhibition in the Faith, Love, Hope trilogy, it took a look at the concept of love, portraying love as a form of (special) social relationship and commitment. The exhibition presented a selection of modern and contemporary works of art that offer reflection on the potentialities, limits, and contradictions of human connectedness. During the exhibition, the seminal work Aimer c’est flageller II (To Love Is to Flagellate II) by Philippe Vandenberg was on view.


Group exhibition

Building a Dialogue

May 17, 2019 — September 15, 2019
Banque Nationale de Belgique, Brussels (BE)

Between May 17 and September 15, 2019, the group exhibition Building a Dialogue: Two Corporate Collections of Contemporary took place  in the National Bank of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium. Almost unknown to the general public, the National Bank’s collection of contemporary art was coming out into the open with a first exhibition in which it dialogued with the works owned by the Deutsche Bundesbank. During the exhibition an early triptych by Philippe Vandenberg was on view acquired by the National Bank in 1982.

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Group exhibition

Souvenirs de voyage. La collection d’Antoine de Galbert

April 27, 2019 — July 28, 2019
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble (FR)

Between April 27 and July 28, 2019, the group exhibition Souvenirs de voyage. La collection Antoine de Galbert took place in Musée de Grenoble, France. Conceived as a journey through the collection of Antoine de Galbert, Souvenirs de Voyage recounted the elective affinities of the collector, his passion for contemporary art, his taste for the margins, art brut and ethnography. As a part of the Collection Antoine de Galbert, the painting Cyclus La faim de l’âne – la fin de l’âme (Cycle The Hunger of the Donkey – The End of the Soul) by Philippe Vandenberg was on view during the exhibition.


Solo exhibition

Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze

April 14, 2019 — June 16, 2019
Kunsthaus centre d'art Pasquart, Biel (CH)

Between April 14 and June 16, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in Kunsthaus centre d’art Pasquart in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland. The title of the exhibition, Kamikaze, described 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 was a highly diverse and multifaceted body of paintings and works on paper ranging the period 1995-2009.


Lecture

Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze

April 14, 2019 — April 14, 2019
Kunsthaus centre d'art Pasquart, Biel (CH)

Between April 14 and June 19, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in Kunsthaus centre d’art Pasquart in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland. On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, Mo Vandenberghe, the son of the artist, and Johannes Muselaers, researcher and archivist at the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation, had a public discussion with Felicity Lunn, director of Kunsthaus centre d’art Pasquart.


Film festival

FIFA: Kamikaze

March 20, 2019 — March 20, 2019
Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec (CA)

Kamikaze was selected for FIFA – Festival International du Film sur l’Art, where it premiered on March 20, 2019 in the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canada. Directed by filmmakers Neel Cockx and Guillaume Vandenberghe, Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of Philippe Vandenberg and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Solo exhibition

Vitrine: Philippe Vandenberg

February 8, 2019 — March 10, 2019
NICC, Brussels (BE)

Between February 8 and March 10, 2019, the solo exhibition Vitrine: Philippe Vandenberg took place in the NICC buildings in Brussels, Belgium. With the Vitrine program, NICC initiates a solo exhibition on a two monthly basis in their display window not far from Brussels South railway station. Philippe Vandenberg was the first non-living artist selected for Vitrine, represented by two word paintings from his later oeuvre. For the opening on February 8, 2019 Prof. Marek Wieczorek (University of Washington) held a lecture on his work followed by a screening of A Painter Is as Oedipus on the Road by Julien Vandevelde.


Film screening

Ateliers d’artistes: L’âme est vagabonde

February 7, 2019 — February 14, 2019
Halles St-Géry, Brussels (BE)

Between February 7 and April 14, the festival Ateliers d’artistes was organised by Shelter of Art in the Halles de St-Géry in Brussels, Belgium. By means of an exhibition, conferences and a film program the festival questioned the role of the artist studio in the urbanity of Brussels. For the film program L’âme est vagabonde (2015) was selected. Directed by Guillaume Vandenberghe and Raphaël Kolacz, the filmmakers returned to the apartment of Vandenberg after his suicide in 2009 and filmed the traces left by the painter, the lover and the father.


Group exhibition

The Gulf Between

January 27, 2019 — April 21, 2019
De Warande, Turnhout (BE)

Between January 27 and April 24, 2019, the group exhibition The Gulf Between took place in De Warande in Turnhout, Belgium. Central to this exhibition was the colour gray, with the absence or disappearance of colour being a recurring element in the practice of the participating artists. Their work evokes a twilight world that connects with reality in a different way. The Gulf Between, accordingly, reflected reality as we experience it as a non-objective participant: a reality where memories, visions, and estrangement left their mark. On view during the exhibition was a Grande Noire (Large Black) by Philippe Vandenberg from 1996.


Group exhibition

Salon de Peinture

January 17, 2019 — March 31, 2019
M HKA, Antwerp (BE)

Between January 17 and February 17, 2019, the group exhibition Salon de Peinture took place in M HKA – Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was installed on the occasion of Art’s Birthday, a date first celebrated by Fluxus artist Robert Filiou after declaring January 17 the genesis day of art. As befits a French Salon, visitors were dazzled by paintings of established artists such as Fred Bervoets, Luc Tuymans and Walter Swennen, or young talent such as Vedran Kopljar, Anna Zacharoff and Gijs Milnius. A late figurative work by Philippe Vandenberg was also on view during the exhibition.


Lecture

Kill Them All: Bilder des göttlichen Windes

January 10, 2019 — January 10, 2019
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (DE)

Between November 16, 2018 and February 24, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. On the occasion of the exhibition the Austrian cultural scientist, philosopher and author Prof. Dr. Thomas Macho held 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 elaborated on the sensibilities in the work of Vandenberg, who elevated kamikaze (the divine wind) to his artistic principle.


Book presentation

Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze

December 13, 2018 — December 13, 2018
S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)

The book Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze was presented on December 12, 2018 in S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, Belgium. During the Belgian presentation of the catalogue, Vandenberg’s kamikaze attitude was celebrated. Museum director Philippe Van Cauteren discussed the principle with curator Dr. Brigitte Kölle, followed by a lecture by Peter Verhelst, who read a selection of poems on the artist. Never-before-seen footage of Vandenberg was screened and for the reception the extensive music collection of the artist was taken from the dust.


Film

Films on Art: Reflections on Philippe Vandenberg

December 10, 2018 — December 12, 2018
Art Cinema OFFOff, Ghent (BE)

On December 10 and 12, 2018, the film program Films on Art: Reflections on Philippe Vandenberg took place in Art Cinema OFFoff in Ghent, Belgium. Conceived as a reflection on the artistry of Vandenberg through the medium of film, it was the first time that such a comprehensive selection of films on the artist was on view on the big screen. On view were 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).


Solo exhibition

Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze

November 16, 2018 — February 24, 2019
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (DE)

Between November 16, 2018 and February 24, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. The title of the exhibition, Kamikaze, described 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 was a highly diverse and multifaceted body of paintings and works on paper ranging the period 1995-2009.


Book

Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze

November 16, 2018 — December 16, 2018

Between November 16, 2018 and February 24, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. On the occasion of this exhibition a catalogue was published by Uitgeverij Kannibaal and Walther König Verlag. The comprehensive publication was 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.


Book

Let’s Talk Abstract

November 12, 2018 — November 30, 2018
Distanz, Berlin (DE)

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.


Film

Kamikaze

November 1, 2018 — November 1, 2018
Molenbeek, Brussel (BE)

Between November 16, 2018 and February 24, 2019, Philippe Vandenberg. Kamikaze, the most extensive retrospective to date of the work of Philippe Vandenberg, took place in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. On the occasion of the exhibition directors Neel Cockx and Guillaume created Kamikaze, a film shot in the artist’s still-existing studio in Molenbeek, Brussels. Kamikaze offers a dive into the life of the painter and the abyss of his artistic creation. One long shot glides over his works, belongings, sources of inspiration and memories. Archival footage that is projected on the way brings the painter back to his studio. Kamikaze was produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films.


Book

Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors

November 1, 2018 — November 30, 2018
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Boston (USA)

In October 2018, the Joan Mitchell Foundation released their workbook 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. The legal details are complemented by perspectives from a diverse group of arts professionals. The Philippe Vandenberg Foundation contributed to the publication with a testimony on the constellation of entities and relationships that play a role in the legacy-planning process.


Group exhibition

Charivari

September 16, 2018 — December 16, 2018
Pamelekerk, Oudenaarde (BE)

Between September 16 and December 16, 2018, the city of Oudenaarde, Belgium, organised an ambitious exhibition around the 17th-century painter Adriaen Brouwer. Simultaneously on view in the local Pamele Church was Charivari, a group show that brought together a selection of 30 contemporary artists. Charivari was inspired by the artistic heritage of Brouwer, who left behind an œuvre that bears witness of a critical, often moralizing but always humorous look at society. In the exhibition Philippe Vandenberg was represented by two works, an untitled comic work from 1989 and a collage on canvas from ca. 1996.


News

New website

September 1, 2018 — October 31, 2018
Online

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.


Event

(Tuin)Feest

August 31, 2018 — August 31, 2018
Flex XL, Ghent (BE)

On August 31, 2018, the twelfth edition of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens’ annual (Tuin)Feest took place in Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium. 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 operations of the museum, that strives to create an optimal exhibition context for artists. The Philippe Vandenberg Foundation donated the drawing No Title (1996-1997) for auction. This text drawing, overpainted with a circle in black gouache, was on view during (Tuin)Feest together with the other works of both auctions.


Group exhibition

I Object

July 13, 2018 — July 20, 2018
Old courthouse, Ghent (BE)

Between July 13 and July 20, 2018, the group exhibition I Object took place in the Old Courthouse of Ghent, Belgium. 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 text works by Philippe Vandenberg from 2008.


Exhibition

S&D#25: Philippe Vandenberg

June 28, 2018 — August 14, 2018
Dok-Noord, Ghent (BE)

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 to introduce themselves 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 functioned 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 in Dok-Noord, an industrial site in the old port of Ghent.


Duo exhibition

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil: Matthew Day Jackson & Philippe Vandenberg

June 23, 2018 — July 28, 2018
GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL)
Philippe Vandenberg Matthew Day Jackson Grimm Gallery 2018 Kill Them All

Between June 23 and July 28, 2018, the galleries of the Amsterdam Jordaan district organised 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, 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 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-’90s, and a word painting from the late ’00s.


Group exhibition

Lust, Laughter, Liquor

March 22, 2018 — May 6, 2018
Plus-One Gallery & Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp

Between March 22 and May 5, 2018, the group exhibition Lust, Laughter, Liquor took place in PLUS-ONE Gallery and Gallery Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium. It was their first jointly curated exhibition after 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 during the exhibition were two rare assemblages by Philippe Vandenberg from 1996.


Group exhibition

Het Gouden Paviljoen

March 10, 2018 — May 20, 2018
De Warande, Turnhout (BE)

Between March 10 and May 20, 2018, the group exhibition Het Gouden Paviljoen (The Golden Pavilion) took place in De Warande in Turnhout, Belgium. The title of the exhibition refers to a classic novel from Japanese literature. Autor 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, in such way confrontational that it becomes a torture. In Het Gouden Paviljoen De Warande brought together works from a very diverse selection of artists and testified how beauty can be (too) overwhelming, to the point of being a torture and destructive. On view during the exhibition were four drawn variations on the crucifixion by Philippe Vandenberg from 1996.


Group exhibition

Ecce Homo

November 17, 2017 — February 25, 2018
Various locations, Antwerp (BE)

Between November 17, 2017 and February 25, 2018, the group exhibition Ecce Homo took place in several locations throughout Antwerp, Belgium. The starting point for the exhibition was a simple observation: we live in an era in which humanity and mankind are violated on different levels. Ecce Homo therefore investigated the different ways in which artists address this worldwide inequality in the development and freedom of humankind. 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 ca. 1996 displaying the word honte (shame) and a big text drawing from 2005-2008 with the sentence: “Kill Them All and Dance”.


Group exhibition

Art & Alphabet

July 21, 2017 — October 31, 2017
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (DE)
museumshow Art & Alphabet Hamburger Kunsthalle philippe vandenberg kill them all

Between July 21 and October 31, 2017, the group exhibition Art & Alphabet was on view in the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany. 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 made between 2005 and 2008.

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