Hans Op de Beeck was born in 1969 in Turnhout, BE
He lives and works in Brussels, BE

Visual artist Hans Op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels, where he has developed his career through international exhibitions over the past twenty years. His work consists of sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories). It is his quest for the most effective way of presenting the concrete contents of each work that determines the medium that the artist ultimately selects. The scale can vary from the size of a small watercolour to a large, three-dimensional installation of 600m2.

The artist not only uses a very wide variety of media, but also deliberately employs a diversity of aesthetic forms, ranging from an economical, minimalist visual language to overloaded, exaggerated designs, always with the aim of articulating the content of the work as precisely as possible.

Thematically, the work concentrates on our laborious and problematic relationship with time, space and each other. Op de Beeck shows the viewer non-existent, but identifiable places, moments and characters that appear to have been taken from contemporary everyday life, aiming thereby to capture in his images the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern existence. Key themes are the disappearance of distances, the disembodiment of the individual and the abstraction of time that have resulted from globalisation and the changes to our living environment that developments in media, automation and technology have brought about.

Hans Op de Beeck sometimes calls his works “proposals”; they are irrefutably fictional, constructed and staged, leaving it up to the viewer whether to take the work seriously, as a sort of parallel reality, or immediately to put it into perspective, as no more than a visual construct. His work is nourished by a keen interest in social and cultural reflection. The artist also questions the difficult relationship between reality and representation, between what we see and what we want to believe, between what is and what we create for ourselves in order to make it easier to deal with our own insignificance and lack of identity. The visual output of that investigation often produces slumbering, insidious, melancholy and astonishing images.

Multi-disciplinary artist Hans Op de Beeck creates interworlds. Suspended between past and future, fiction and reality, his works sound out a mirage-like contemporary universe and a sensory vertigo where the familiar rubs shoulders with the strange. From installation to sculpture, from video to animated film, from short stories to painting and drawing, from photography to sound material, the media he employs seem to converge on the definition of a topos: a mental theatre that projects the viewer into a reflexive social and cultural experience, the intimate thinking of the human condition. —Eva Prouteau

Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. He has had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, BE (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Art Unlimited, Basel, CH (2016); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); His work is included in museum collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Royal Museum for Modern and Fine Arts, Brussels; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; the ING Art Collection, Amsterdam; the Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection.



  • 2002-2003 Artist at the MOMA- P.S.1 Studio Program, New York, NY
  • 1998-1999 Participant at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (post-MA)
  • 1996-1997 Participant at The Higher Institute for Fine Arts-Flanders, Antwerp (post-MA)
  • 1992-1996 Masters Degree in Visual Arts, Higher Institute Sint-Lukas, Brussels

Awards & Nominations

  • 2017 ‘Pino Pascali Award – 20th edition’, Polignano a Mare
  • 2009 Catholic University of Leuven Culture Prize 2009-2010
  • 2006 Winner of the Prize Eugène Baie 2003-2005, Antwerp
  • 2001Winner of the ‘Prix Jeune Peinture Belge 2001’, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, BE

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 The Conversation, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AT
    The Cliff, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, AT
    ‘sleeping children … on the cold’, Marianne Boesky Gallery East, NY, US
  • 2018 My bed a … gloom in me, Galleria Continua, Havana, CUSea of Tranquillity, Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
    Kids, Cabinets, Pictures, Ponds, Galleria Continua – Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR
    The Girl, Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY, US
    Cabinet of Curiosities, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
    The Wunderkammer Residence, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BE
  • 2017 The Sleeping Girl, Pilevneli Gallery, Istanbul, TR
    Pino Pascali Award – XX edition, Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT
    The Silent Castle, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE
    Out of the Ordinary, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE
    The Pond Room, Kunstraum Dornbirn, AU

  • 2016 Night Time, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, DE
    Small Things and Soothing Thoughts, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT
    Collector’s House, Art Unlimited, Basel, DE
  • 2015 Décors et Figurants, Château de Chimay, Chimay, BE
    The Amusement Park curated by 40m Cube – out site programming, Les Champs Libres, Rennes, FR
    The Quiet View, permanent show, Herkenrode, Hasselt, BE
    In the frame of “12months/12 films – Exploration in Space”, works from ‘The Goetz Collection’, Folkwang Museum, Essen, DE
    Sea of Tranquillity, Screen Space, Melbourne, AU
    Eyes Closed, Galerie Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2014 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
  • 2013 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
  • 2012 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
  • 2011 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
  • 2010 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
  • 2009 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
  • 2008 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
  • 2007 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
  • 2006 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
  • 2005 T-Mart, MuHKA, Antwerpen, BE
    In their minds…, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2004 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
  • 2003 My brother’s garden, Xavier Hufkens, Brussel, BE
  • 2001 Hans Op de Beeck Solo show, Hales Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

  • 2020 ‘Day For (Your) Night’, Le Shed, Notre-Dame de Bondeville, FR
    ‘De Nacht’, De Warande, Turnhout, BE
    ‘Peter Paul Rubens and the Northern Baroque’, Dïozesanmuseum, Paderborn, DE
    ‘Hope There’s Someone (To Touch)’, Catinca Tabacaru, New York, US
    ‘The Architecture of Deception’, BNKR, Munich, DE
    ‘Gewoon bijzonder over de vloer’, 38 CC, Delft, NL
    ‘New World – The Power of Dreams’, Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, JP
    ‘Sehnsucht & Fall’, Kunstsaele Berlin, DE
    ‘In The Absence of the Artist’, Online Exhibition (BE)

  • 2019 Look at me, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, BE
    Art Geneve Sculpture Exhibition Winter 2019, Court St Pierre, Geneva, CH
    MiXmass, deSingel, Antwerp, BE
    Lost in Space, Lumiére Cinema, Maastricht, BE
    Flow, Art Palm Beach, Florida, US
    The Gulf Between – over zwart, wit en alles daartussen, De Warande, Turnhout, BE
    Modelled Nature in Contemporary Art, Kallmann-Museum Ismaning, Museum Haus Ludwig Saarlouis & Stadtgalerie Kiel, DE
    Globe as Palette – Contemporary Art from the Taguchi Art Collection, Hokkaido Obhiro of Art, Kushiro Art Museum, Hakodate Museum of Art & Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido, JP
  • 2018 Ce qui pèse et ce qui nourrit (R.M. Rilke) Biennale d’Art Contemporaire, Musée Rolin-Musée Lapidaire-Hôpital St-Gabriël, Autun, FR
    Object Love, Museum de Domijnen Hedendaagse Kunst, Sittard, NL
    Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, BE
    Table Manners: A Feast of Visual Arts, Theater and Culinary, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, IL
    Hoogte80, Museum Arnhem, Stadspark Hoogte80, Zaslaan, Arnhem, NL
    Black & White. Von Dürer bis Eliasson, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, DE
    Rendez-Vous, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE
    Staging Silence (2) screening, Schwarzescafé, Zurich, CH
    Night Time (screening), Schwarzescafé, Zurich, CH
    Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Forum des images, Carreau du Temple, Centre Pompidou, Cité internationale des Arts, Luminor Hôtel de ville, Paris, FR
    Faces, Museum Dr. Guislain – Psychiatrisch Centrum Sint-Amandus, Beernem, BE
    Frame, play, pause, d’Academie, Sint-Niklaas, BE
    2050. A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW

  • 2017 Hörliga Bilder, Konsthallen Blå Stället, Gothenburg, SE
    Glasstress Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
    Artapes, MAXXI, Rome, it
    L’attention au réel – Art flamand et hollandais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, fr
    Les dix ans du Prix de dessin contemporain de la Fondation Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, fr
    Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, be
    De Favoriete Werken van het Publiek: Lievelingen van Charlotte Bik, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Celibataire Divas, Hedendaagse kunst in Herkenrode Refuge, Hasselt, be
    L’Été photographique de Lectoure 2017 – Cette réalité qu’ils ont pourchassée, Centre d’art et de photographie de Lectoure, Lecoutre, fr
    The Other Side – Tales from the Unconscious, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, de
    Dia Sotto le Stelle, Busto Arsizio, IT
  • 2016 Devine Decadence, Kasteel Gaasbeek, Gaasbeek, BE
    2050. Breve storia del futuro, Palazzo Reale, Milano, IT
    Walk the line: drawing through in contemporary art’, Bernal Espacio, Madrid, ES
  • 2015 Moving Image, festival, Le Gaité LYrique, Paris, FR
    Visual Deception II, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, JP
    Le Fil Rouge, Espace Louis Vuitton , Munich, DE
    Out there – Video Art, New Media & Photography on landscapes in Public Space, Rotterdam, NL
    The Importance of Being…, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, CU
    All the world’s stage: works from the Goetz Collection, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid, ES
    Happy Birthday, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, IL
    The Great 8, Mons European Capital of Culture, Mons, BE
    Glastress 2015 Gotika, Berengo Studios, 56th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, IT
    Proportio, 56th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, IT
    2050 – A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE
  • 2014 Museum to Scale 1/7, The Naples Museum of Art, USA
    The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias #1: Cartagena, COL
    Cineramabc, filmfestival, Balneario Camboria, Santa Catarina, BRA
    Visual Deception II, Hyogo Perfectural Museum of Art, Kobe, JP
    Passions Secrètes, Lille 3000, Tripostal, Lille, FR
    Tag-Ten, Hiroshi Art collection, Matsumoro Museum, Matsumoro, JP
  • 2013 The Great Magic: Selected Artworks from the Unicredit Art Collection, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna, IT
    The Gesamtkunstwerk Project, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria, AU
    Ulysses, FRAC PACA, Marseille, FR
    HEIMsuchung, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE
    Indomania, Europalia.India, BOZAR, Brussels, BE
    Dance, permanent installation at Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, BE
    Die Form ist uns Geheimnis / Form is Mystery to Us, Staedtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn, DE
  • 2012 Fantastic. Lille3000, Euratechnologies, Lille, FR
    Vanitas. Contemporary Reflections, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RU
    Into the Labyrinth, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2011 One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy, La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice, IT
    Art video 2011, MIAMI Beach, Miami, USA
    Dessiner – Tracer: Watercolors, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, Calais, FR
  • 2010 Open Archive#2, Argos, Brussels, BE
    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – 2, CC Mechelen, BE
    Resonance, Bund#18, Shanghai, CN
  • 2009 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
  • 2008 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
  • 2007 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
  • 2006 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
  • 2005 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
  • 2004 All that useless beauty, Whitechapel, Project Space, London, UK
    100 % Acid Free, White Columns, New York, NY
  • 2003 Breaking Away, P.S.1-MoMA, New York, NY
    Silent Wandering…, Postbahnhof Am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, DE
  • 2002 BIG Torino 2002, International Biennial of Young Art ‘Big Social Game’, Torino, IT
    Printemps de Septembre, Presentation of 7 video-installations, Festival, Toulouse, FR