Royal Busts by Hans Op de Beeck

We are proud to announce that Hans Op de Beeck was commissioned to create the official bust portraits of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.⁠ The Royal Couple nominated Op de Beeck for the portraits, which are produced at the request of The Belgian Senate as part of a longstanding tradition of investing in art and supporting cultural heritage.⁠

The inauguration of the official bust portraits took place on the 4th of July at the chambers of the Senate of Belgium in Brussels, where they will be permanently on display as part of the collection.⁠

ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

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

Hans Op de Beeck 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 and silence.

Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realized numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.