Johan TAHON

Johan Tahon, polyester, 2003 The sculptures by the Belgian sculptor Johan Tahon are like an expression of an all-embracing silence. A constant search within himself leaves visible traces and makes his work very personal. The charge of his expressions, full of emotion and thought, crosses the boundaries of the unknown. Tahon’s work represents mankind as […]

Jörg PLICKAT

Jörg Plickat, Corten Steel, 2017 The German sculptor Jörg Plickat creates a formal language in stainless steel and Corten steel. His forms are abstract and geometric, they seek a balance between monumentalism and fragility. The artist investigates the relationship between volume and material. His powerful shapes can be found worldwide in museum parks and spacious […]

LUO BROTHERS

The Luo Brothers, lacquer on wood, 2006 The three Chinese brothers who make up the artist trio The Luo Brothers grew up during the Cultural Revolution. It was a time when China was rapidly changing politically and culturally. In the mid-1990s, their work is typified by the combination of traditional references and Western consumerism. The […]

Zhengjie FENG

Feng Zhengjie, oil on canvas, 2001 The work of the Chinese artist Feng Zhengjie is characterized by the bright use of colour. He found his inspiration in traditional colourful drawings that gained popularity throughout the imperial dynasties. His mostly female models are borrowed from the advertising world with eccentric features such as a lush head […]

Jim DINE

Jim Dine, pencil on paper, 1962 The American Jim Dine is a key figure of the early Happenings. This artist is considered to be pop art, but was more closely associated with neo-dada and neo-expressionism. The technical variety within his own style makes it difficult to categorize him. Every object he used had a deep […]

Wenda GU

Gu Wenda, Chinese ink, 1985 A common thread running through Gu Wenda’s oeuvre is the disruption of inequality. His self-created pseudo-language includes illegible so-called Chinese characters, with which the artist points out the limits of communication and manipulation of language. The Chinese authority, not susceptible to imaginary ideograms, forbade him in 1986 to open his […]

Makoto NAKAMURA & Shigeo FUKUDA

Makoto Nakamura & Shigeo Fukuda, collage, 1971 The Japanese artists Makoto Nakamura and Shigeo Fukuda developed a ‘Games of visual art’ from the advertising world. They led a visual language of contradictions where objects and images engage in an optical battle. In the margins of art they manipulate the grid of photography and their work […]

George SEGAL

George Segal, plaster, 1982 The American artist George Segal became famous in the 1960s with pure white plaster sculptures. He wrapped living models in plaster bandages and created his hardened casts directly into art. He placed his figures in a realistic environment, combined with everyday objects. This method of presentation showed a close connection with […]

Jianhua LIU

Liu Jianhua, porcelain, 2001 Chinese artist Liu Jianhua works mainly with porcelain, a delicate and technically challenging material. Economic and social changes are the common thread throughout his oeuvre. Tradition versus evolution. On the one hand, the artist clings to the refinement and preciousness of Chinese porcelain, while on the other hand he criticizes the […]

Mario MERZ

Mario Merz, collage, spray paint and crayon on paper, 1984 The Italian artist Mario Merz is one of the best-known representatives of Arte Povera. This “poor art” responded to the consumerism of modern man and the loss of its ecological connection. Through the combination of natural and synthetic materials he brings art closer to everyday […]