Philippe Vandenberg: Abstract Works

Curated by Koen van den Broek

Jesse van Winden, Koen van den Broek, Wouter Davidts

Inspired by his lifelong study and idiosyncratic contemplation of literature and philosophy, Belgian painter Philippe Vandenberg (1952-2009)explored the manner in which his inner temperament reflected mankind’s spiritual inheritance. His paintings are the outcome of a chain of processes in which external intellectual stimuli enter into a vital dialogue with private emotions.
As an emerging artist, Vandenberg witnessed the rise of Neo-expressionism in Europe and became one of its main representatives in Belgium during the early 1980s. In the mid 90s, he began to engage with meta-discourses on themes such as life and death, materials and the mind, and intellect and emotion. In turn, this led to a series of paintings that were vested in abstraction. This solo show presents a unique selection of Vandenberg’s late abstract works, many of which are being exhibited for the very first time. Made during the last years of his life, they are fundamentally marked by his personal experiences and persistent state of introspection.

ISBN-13: 9791195038947

84 pages, 32 × 26 cm, linen hardcover, English/Korean

Gallery Baton, 2016
€ 45.00