Biography

Hans Op de Beeck (Be) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. 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, B (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); ...

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Op de Beeck has participated in numerous group shows at institutions such as The Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ, US; the Towada Art Center, Towada, JP; ZKM, Karlsruhe, DE; MACRO, Rome, IT; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, GB; PS1, New York, NY, US; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Köln, DE; Hangar Bicocca, Milano, IT; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP; 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, US; The Drawing Center, New York, NY, US; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, CN; MAMBA, Buenos Aires, AR; Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, IT; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE; Musée des Beaux Arts de Caen, Caen, FR; …

His work has been invited for the Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN; the Aichi Triennale, Aichi, JP; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore, SG; Art Summer University, Tate Modern, London, GB; the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, IN, and many other art events.

www.hansopdebeeck.com

CV

Education

  • 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

  • 2009 Catholic University of Leuven Culture Prize 2009-2010
  • 2006 Winner of the Prize Eugène Baie 2003-2005, Antwerp
  • 2002-2003 Artist at the MOMA- P.S.1 Studio Program, New York, NY
  • 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
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  • 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)

  • 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
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  • 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