New Solo Exhibition: Koen van den Broek
Koen van den Broek’s new solo exhibition, curated by Luk Lambrecht, at Lempertz in Brussels.
For the first time, an exclusive selection of works created in van den Broek’s studio on Jeju Island (South-Korea) is presented in dialogue with recent works on canvas and a series on paper based on the architecture of Le Corbusier.
For this occasion, a large-scale mural by van den Broek marks the monumental museumlike exhibition space, following the rich tradition of artists like Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly and Sean Scully, who have previously exhibited at the invitation of Lempertz.
6 Rue du Grand Cerf
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Monday – Friday : 10 AM – 5.30 PM
ABOUT Koen van den Broek
Born in 1973 in Bree, Belgium
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium
Born in 1973 in the Belgian town of Bree, 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.