Hans Op de Beeck









The Thread, 2015

Opening Exhibition Eyes Closed at Galerie Ron Mandos, 2015

Night Time, 2014

Staging Silence (2), 2013

Staging Silence, 2009

Celebration, 2008

Location (6), 2008

The Building, 2007

Loss, 2004

Hans Op de Beeck studied Fine Arts at St Lukas College in Brussels and took part at the post-graduate program at the Higher National Institute for Fine Arts. Later he worked in connection with the Rijksakademie for 2 years in Amsterdam.

Op de Beeck won the prestigious prize for Young Belgium Artist and in 2003 took part at the PS1 project in New York. He became known instantly with a model he created during his time at the Rijksakademie: a crossroads with traffic lights at night. This work is typical in its dealing with a recurring theme of his, that of alienation in modern life and the superficiality, monotony and miscommunication that accompanies it. The situations that Op de Beeck highlights emote atmospheres of deep desolation en emptiness. A couple has a drink at a cafe without uttering a word to each other or even glancing at one another. A long line of bored till workers sit twiddling their thumbs in a deserted supermarket; not one customer is to be seen. Desolate ruin landscapes remind one of human activity, but it seems that these people must have died off a long time ago. This is modern life as Op de Beeck presents it: a sinister no man´s land, where there barely seems place for people. The artist is not interested in moralizing or even making a value judgment: ´I see such situations as absurd bits of information. As an artist you are able to present them. It is a human inability to grasp the reason for life, but it is possible to, in certain ways, touch upon it.`

His spatial works, videos and photos of many different scenes of everyday life are all deconstructions. His representations rip scenes from their original context so that their reason for existence at once becomes disputable. His videos for example are fragments from everyday life, but have been enlarged to such an extent that an alienating image emerges. The same goes for his life size models. It is just these uninteresting spaces, such as an unremarkable housing estate, or an empty cross roads with traffic lights at night that he rebuilds in every exquisite boring detail. However by omitting certain small elements his representation gain a bizarre character.

Op de Beeck is very subtle and also somewhat romantic. It is not just the high degree of care he takes in carrying out his work, but also his focus on small, often unconscious actions: a look, a silence, a gesture, a symbol etc. that, apart from alienating, also evoke something quite enchanting. The recognition and the compassion, or even the memories these representations conjure up in the viewer, strike very close to the bone. His inspiration comes often from personal experience: such a ´Determination 1´ of the boy that stares back at you from the back seat of a car, or ´Determination 4´, the rushing family that never gets anywhere.

GEM housed in January to March 2004 the first solo exhibition in Holland of the Flemish artist. He received international acclaim for his unique works in diverse media such as video, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. Aside from a brief synopsis of his oeuvre, Op de Beeck presented large new installation he created specifically for GEM. With the help of 2 assistants and 15 students from the King´s Academy of Fine Arts he build his largest installation to date. In an area of 11 by 21 metres, Op de Beeck build a Flemish style motorway restaurant in monochrome tints that could be accessed by the viewer.. When taking place in the restaurant, there expands from the other side of the restaurant window, a night time motorway scene, with the road seemingly stretching out over an infinitely long distance, finally disappearing into the horizon. In turn this installation becomes the backdrop for a number of new video pieces. This installation was designed and completed in 3 months under supervision of the artists in a hanger in Scheveningen. 

Participant at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (post-MA)

Participant at The Higher Institute for Fine Arts-Flanders, Antwerp (post-MA)

Masters Degree in Visual Arts, Higher Institute Sint-Lukas, Brussels

Catholic University of Leuven Culture Prize 2009-2010
Winner of the Prize Eugène Baie 2003-2005, Antwerp
Artist at the MOMA- P.S.1 Studio Program, New York, NY
Winner of the 'Prix Jeune Peinture Belge 2001', Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, BE

Sammlung Goetz, München, DE
Staging Silence (2), MOCA, Cleveland - Lewis Gallery, Cleveland, OH, US
Staging Silence (2), MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, US
'Metropolitan Scenes', MMKA, Arnhem, NL
Staging Silence (2), Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, US
Galleria Continua Beijing, CN

Staging Silence (2), Screen Festival, Art Palacio, Sao Paulo, BRA
'Celebration' and Celebration (Buenos Aires), Eindhoven, NL
Sea of Tranquillity, FRAC Paca, Marseille, FR
Parade de Warande, Turnhout, BE
'Parade' Warande, Turnhout, BE

Visual Fictions, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover , DE
Video Works. Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IE
Sea of Tranquillity, Dirimart Garibaldi, Istanbul, TR
Sea of Tranquillity, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO
Staging Silence, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Small Constructions, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AU
Sea of Tranquillity, Centro de Arte, Burgos, ES

Sea of Tranquillity, Art Unlimited – Art 42 Basel, Basel, CH
Sea of Tranquillity & Staging Views, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, CH
Extensions, Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL
Sea of Tranquillity, argos, Brussels, BE

Loop 10, Barbier-Mueller Museum, Barcelona, ES
Sea of Tranquillity, Le Grand Café - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Saint-Nazaire, FR
Silent Movie, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York, US
Staging Silence, The Armory Show Galerie Ron Mandos, New York, New York, US
Rooms, Quai n°1 (within the framework of the biennial festival IMAGES), Vevey, CH

Staging Silence, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CN
5 Sculptures, ArtBankingClub, Moscow, RU 
Circumstances, Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, LT
Staging Silence, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, DE
Staging Silence, CC Strombeek, Grimbergen, BE
Location (6), Art Unlimited, Art Basel 40, Basel, CH
In Silent Conversation with Correggio, Galleria Borghese, Rome, IT
The Room Series, Art Amsterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Paradigms, curated by_vienna 09, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Extensions (part 2), ShContemporary, Galerie Krinzinger, Shanghai, CH
Location (6), Westergasfabriek, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, NL
Circumstances, Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts, Stavanger, NO
Extensions, M/ Treasury of Saint Peter, Leuven, BE

All together now..,Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Extensions, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
Hans Op de Beeck Solo show, Treasury of Saint Peter, Leuven, BE

Hans Op de Beeck Solo show, Viafarini, Milan, IT
Hans Op de Beeck Solo show, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venetïe, IT
Tables.., Gallery Krinzinger, Wenen
Family (scenes and scenery), Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussel, BE

T-Mart, MuHKA, Antwerpen, BE
In their minds…, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

Meanwhile…, Museum of Contemporary Art, Den Haag, NL
Location (5), 300m2 Solo installation, Art Unlimited, Basel, CH
Hans Op de Beeck Solo show,Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
Loss, galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, FR

My brother’s garden, Xavier Hufkens, Brussel, BE

Hans Op de Beeck Solo show, Hales Gallery, London, UK

Staging Reality, video and dance performance with Michael Lazic. Antwerp-Berchem, BE
Collection XXIII, MuHKA, Antwerp, BE
A Story of the Image, Shanghai Art Musseum, Shanghai, CN

Le temps sensible - Video des monats, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AU
nach/sichten - Selected works from the Goetz Collection, Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, DE
Singapore Biennale 2008: Wonder, Marina Bay, Singapore
Unmoved, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CH
Variable Capital, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, UK
Arts Towada - Location (5) -permanent installation of 'Location (5)'-, Towada Art Centrum, Towada, Japan
Garden Eden - The garden in art since 1900, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
No Place - like Home. Perspectives on Migration in Europe, argos, Brussels, BE
Doing it my way. Perspectives on Belgian Art, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, DE
Wandering in Contemporary Video Art, Magazzini del Sale - Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, IT
Du dessin à l'animation du dess(e)in, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, FR
Tangled Up In You. Connecting, Coexisting, and Conceiving Identity, 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, US
Le Dessin Eveillé, Frac Picardie & Maison de la Culture, Amiens, FR
Car Culture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, US

De Ontdekking van de Traagheid, KW14, Den Bosch, NL
The Leading Thread, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos, ES 
(Title to be confirmed), ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, Korea 

Analog Animation 2006, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Nature and Allegory, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, US
6th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CN
Version Animé - Biennale des nouveaux medias, Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Genève, CH 
Art Video Lounge (Curatorial Programme), Art Basel, Basel, CH

Miami Beach 2006, Miami, FL, US

Visionary Belgium, curator Harald Szeemann, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussel, BE
En Attent, Casino Luxembourg - forum d’art contemporain, Luxemburg 
The MARTa Herford Collection, MARTa, Herford 
NIGHT SITES, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, BE  

All that useless beauty, Whitechapel, Project Space, London, UK
100 % Acid Free, White Columns, New York, NY

Breaking Away, P.S.1-MoMA, New York, NY
Silent Wandering..., Postbahnhof Am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, DE 

BIG Torino 2002, International Biennial of Young Art ‘Big Social Game’, Torino, IT
Printemps de Septembre, Presentation of 7 video-installations, Festival, Toulouse, FR