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Watchlist Artist: Vincent Geyskens

The UnDEAD exhibition brings together a selection of figurative and abstract works by the painter Vincent Geyskens (°1972, Lier). According to Geyskens, in the context of contemporary art painting acts like one of the ‘undead’, a restless zombie from the past that cannot justify its presence. That’s why he consistently continues to question the absolute autonomy, the materials and the physical pleasure of painting. The seven rooms on the first floor of S.M.A.K. contain works that are loosely... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/21/12

Posted by Stijn Ank on 8/12/12

Arts Education is Never Free

S.M.A.K. brings with RAAK an educational, travelling exhibition by RASA. Arts education is never free material for RASA. It's a long journey, which you can discover layer by layer while playing... In this production you can find works by these artists: Panamarenko Panamarenko, Christophe Coppens, Johan Tahon, Maria Roosen, Tamara Van San, Koen Broucke, William Cobbing, Edith Dekyndt, Bart De Zutter, Arpaïs du Bois, Johan Gelper, Johanna Schweizer en Lucy and Bart. (Image at top: Courtesy of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/1/12

Hijacking Reality

S.M.A.K. is presenting the first extensive Belgian retrospective of the film-maker and artist Johan Grimonprez (1962, Roeselare). Several ensembles comprising video installations, storyboards and drawings will be assembled around key works in his oeuvre. In several of them, Grimonprez enters into dialogue with other people, including the artist Roy Villevoye and the documentary-maker Adam Curtis, and he also brings his films face to face with counterparts from past and present. His constantly... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/13/11


For his exhibition in the S.M.A.K., the German artist Manfred Pernice (1963, Hildesheim) will present a collection of recent work centred on the monumental 2010 architectural installation 'Tutti'. The presentation is a confrontation with the architecture of the S.M.A.K. exhibition rooms and gives the exhibition a special site-specific character. is a development of the installation sculpture D & A-Punkt, a work the museum purchased more than ten years ago. This approach is typical of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/30/11

A Visual Chain

In the current presentation of works from the collection, S.M.A.K. has assembled a selection of paintings; not only on the traditional canvas, but also on more unusual supports. These works may offer a moment of calm after the stream of flashing media images and film excerpts in the adjacent exhibition by Johan Grimonprez. This collection presentation is composed like a visual chain, starting with pure colour and moving through abstract paintings to more narrative, figurative works. It closes... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/30/11

Daniel Buren's Bedroom

(1986), a work by the well-known French artist Daniel Buren, has a specific link with the history of the S.M.A.K. as a museum. For the Chambres d’Amis exhibition in 1986 Buren created a copy of the bedroom of the art collector Anton Herbert, decorated with his own renowned striped motif. This work is now being put on display again for the first time. For the Chambres d’Amis exhibition in 1986, the French artist Daniel Buren applied his familiar banded motif to the guest room in the house of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/2/11

Through Expanding Clusters

The collection is S.M.A.K.’s DNA and reflects the museum’s core identity as the pivot between recent art history and current trends. S.M.A.K.’s acquisition policy has developed organically over the years and has three distinct levels. Firstly, the museum strives to form an ensemble around the oeuvre of a select group of artists. Instead of representing an artist with just a single work, S.M.A.K. aims to collect an oeuvre in depth in order to present it in all its complexity. Secondly, there is... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/20/11

Sculptures by Michaël Sailstorfer

Untamed absurdism, rebellious poetry and melancholy humour characterise the sculptural work of Michaël Sailstorfer (1979, Germany). Everyday objects such as lamp posts, police cars and bus stops are transformed into ‘useless’ images with a purely aesthetic value. Meaning is generated by means of traditional sculptural processes, thereby enabling the everyday itself to become sculpture. Sailstorfer has an eye for the formal qualities of objects, but he also leaves room for fiction, imagination... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 6/26/11

Marcel Broodthaers Collection

Several years ago S.M.A.K. conceived a plan to provide a permanent place in the museum to display the works of art and documents of Marcel Broodthaers (Brussels, 1924 - Cologne, 1976) from its collection. Since 1973, when the Friends of S.M.A.K. were able to buy (1973), S.M.A.K. has continued to have a particular interest in Broodthaers’ work. Several other major works and documents have also been acquired since then. Shortly after its opening in 1999, for example, the museum procured... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/20/11