Opening of Koen van den Broek | The Beginning

We are excited to announce that you can now visit The Beginning by Koen van den Broek digitally through our RM Online Viewing Room space.

We will be hosting two Instagram Live Exhibition Walkthroughs on Friday 24 April from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday 25 April from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. The digital walkthroughs will take place via @galerieronmandos, our official Instagram account.

From Thursday 23 until Sunday 26 April, between 12 – 6 p.m. there will be special opportunities to visit the gallery for a private tour led by our in-house curator whilst enjoying a glass of champagne.

To ensure your safety regarding the COVID-19 virus, we will adhere to the rules set out by the Dutch government. Therefore, you will be given the opportunity to book a one hour time-slot which will allow you and a maximum of two guests to discover The Beginning by Koen van den Broek in an empty gallery all to yourself.

To reserve your time-slot, please contact our Gallery Manager Sheila Verdegaal via e-mail at sheila@ronmandos.nl or via phone at + 31 20 320 7036.

 

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 Japan. 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.

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