Upcoming Event: RM Sunday Screening: Night Time by Hans Op de Beeck

We are pleased to invite you to another special Sunday screening of Night Time, an animated film based on a series of large black and white watercolours by Hans Op de Beeck. Recently, we opened the online exhibition Unstilled Life: Artists Animations 1980-2020, including the seminal work by the famous Belgian artist.

Hans Op de Beeck’s ‘day job’ may be sculpture, but in Night Time we see the suitably nocturnal fruit of his ‘night job’: painting oneiric black watercolours. Breathing the atmosphere of film noir, they are freighted with spectacular detail, facilitated by them being some three metres wide. No wonder Op de Beeck says he likes to work on one ‘for about twelve hours on end. So around eight in the morning, the essence of the watercolour is already there’.

Animation heightens the impact through accumulation, sequencing and the deftly rendered movement of smoke, snow, water, ships and flames. Tom Pintens’ gently haunting soundtrack adds to the mood. Intimate close-ups – often of sleepers – segue into panoramic images as, in the artist’s words, ‘classic and distinctly contemporary subjects follow one another: the dream, the sleep, the underworld, the exploding postmodern metropolis…’ A multiplicity of possible stories awaits, but when night is this beautiful, do we want dawn to interrupt?

Please note that there are a limited amount of seats available for this event, therefore RSVP is mandatory.


RM Sunday Screening: Night Time by Hans Op de Beeck
Sunday 16 August 2020 | Screening starts: 14:00
Prinsengracht 282 | 1016 HJ Amsterdam
Location: Galerie Ron Mandos | Prinsengracht 282 | Amsterdam

ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

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

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 realised 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.