Galerie Ron Mandos is excited to participate in the 2021 Ballroom Project, during the Antwerp Art Weekend from 13-16 May 2021. This year we’ll be showing the works of Koen van den Broek. For more information about his work, click on read more below.

Practical info

Do I need to register or purchase a ticket? No. Ballroom Project is free of charge.

You do not need to purchase a ticket. Neither do you need to register to enter the fair during public opening hours. However, due to Covid restrictions, maximum capacity of the fair at all times is limited to 90 persons. If you want to be sure you can enter at a certain time, feel free to reserve a time slot here.



New Works by Koen van den Broek

As an offshoot of his retrospective exhibition The Beginning at Galerie Ron Mandos in 2020 – a survey of twenty years of painting – Koen van den Broek created a new series of works for which he unearthed his personal archive of analogue photography. Restricted by this year’s travel bans, the Belgian artist was confined to using his old travel photos from the early 2000s. Analogue photography constitutes an integral part of Van den Broek’s practice. The use of perspective, color and lighting in the original photos are key to his choice of the painting’s subject. 

In the new paintings we see street scenes of New York and Los Angeles. The atmosphere of empty buildings and unpopulated streets suggests that Van den Broek took his photos early in the morning. The artist sees beauty in the often-dilapidated Art Deco buildings, of which there are so many in L.A. The lettering in the window signs of an old furniture store is almost illegible and the architectural ornament of an old warehouse is loosely sketched. The quickly painted street scenes refer to fast-moving Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch films, as well as to paintings by a number of great modern painters. In Red Lines, the composition alludes to a geometric abstract painting by Barnett Newman. At the same time, it is reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning, and the panoramic red line of the top floor’s façade depicted in that painting.


ABOUT Koen van den Broek

Koen van den Broek was born in 1973 in Bree, Belgium
He lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

Born in 1973 in the Belgian town of Bree, Koen van den Broek first studied architecture and subsequently painting, initially at the Royal Academy of Antwerp and then at the Academy of Visual Arts of Breda. In his opinion, despite his painting studies, he has always remained an architect at heart. Ever since his student days, van den Broek has travelled constantly: around Europe, to the USA, Mexico and even to Korea. Always with his camera close to hand. He takes photos, a lot of photos, which all depict the same subject: the architectural interventions of man on the landscape.

Early in his career, Koen van den Broek developed a fascination for desolate landscapes in which man rarely appears, but always makes his presence felt. He depicts the traces left behind on roads, streets and houses that have been abandoned. The artist’s perception of roads and borders in barren lands has provided the painter with impulses that enable him to make his specific statement on landscape painting. Van den Broek operates by turning his face downwards and zooming in on the irregularities of the pavement, on curb stones and shadows. It is this very search for a subject of representation that led the artist on a journey closer to abstraction.

Works by Koen van den Broek are part of major public collections, including the LACMA, Los Angeles; SMAK, Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp; Busan Museum of Art, Busan; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennial (2015 & 2017); White Cube, London; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp and Brussels; Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul; Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Royal Academy, London; MAS, Antwerp, and Kunsthal, Rotterdam; His work can also be found in numerous public spaces in Belgium, such as the Hofkamer, Antwerp; ‘t Zilte, MAS, Antwerp; AZSM Hospital, Mechelen, and the Provinciehuis, Hasselt.