“I generally try to evoke a somewhat mysterious, fictitious, parallel world, a condensed version of reality that says something about us as human beings; how we often awkwardly stage our life, develop our relationships with others, our environment and our mortality (...) Beyond the support I use, I hope my works are like a consoling hand on the shoulder, a warm hug and a mental oasis of tranquillity. I want to give the spectator the feeling that he is not alone in the difficulties of dealing with this tragicomic existence and its obstacles.“ Hans Op de Beeck 2021
In his career of more than twenty years now, Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck has developed into an artistic jack-of-all-trades. Known mainly for his large, immersive installations, his sculptures and his art films, he also developed as a playwright, theatre and opera director, scenographer, and costume designer.
In addition to these large, demanding projects, the artist for the first time decided in 2009 in his solo exhibition at the Galleria Borghese in Rome to solely show large watercolour paintings. Since then, alongside his major projects, he has steadily continued to make such works on paper, works that usually arise at night, when the artist finds the right concentration and mood that -to him- belong to this solitary form of creation at the studio.
In his exhibition 'Works on Paper', we see a collection of large to small new works, in which traditional subjects such as the portrait and the landscape are a focus.
Some works, mostly nocturnal landscapes, and small daily scenes, show us fictional nocturnal places, characters and moments that are often fairy-like, but which can also convey mystery, darkness, or slumbering derailment. In these landscapes and small daily scenes, as well as in the portraits, the artist wants to stay far away from the spectacular image, theoretical legitimation, or overly large references, but tries to evoke a simple and authentic gaze or an immersive mood through the small stories that take us to the zone of a reflective silence. (Galerie Krinzinger 2021).
This print edition fits into the atmosphere of the animation video 'Night Time', a similar image of an amusement park at night was used for a watercolour and is also part of the large watercolour book 'Night Time' that was published last year.
However, the image of the print edition is not that of an existing watercolour but was specially created by Hans for this edition. Hans Op de Beeck 2022.
Hans Op de Beeck: Nightscape, 2022. Ink print on archival etching paper 110 x 65.3 cm. Ungerahmt.
Original signed, named, dated and numbered. One art print of the Edition of 40 + 5AP (totally 45) unframed.
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HANS OP DE BEECK
born in Turnhout, Belgium in 1969, lives and works in Brussels
Hans Op de Beeck is a highly regarded Belgian artist of international repute. Op de Beeck’s prodigious body of work includes sculpture, installation, video, photography, animated films, drawings, painting and short story writing.
Thematically, the work concentrates on our problematic relationship with time, space and each other. Op de Beeck shows the viewer non-existent, but identifiable places, moments and characters that appear to have been taken from contemporary everyday life that emphasize the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern existence. Irrefutably fictional, constructed and staged, these video works are extremely precise and visually astonishing. Hans Op de Beeck’s work poses questions about the difficult relationship between reality and representation, between what we see and what we want to believe. This investigation results in the most extraordinary images that are truly unforgettable. (Galerie Krinzinger 2021).
HANS OP DE BEECK
Born in Turnhout, Belgium in 1969
Lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium
EDUCATION / PROGRAMS
Masters Degree in Visual Arts, Higher Institute Sint-Lukas, Brussels Participant at The Higher Institute for Fine
Arts-Flanders, Antwerp (post-MA)
Participant at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (post-MA)
Artist at the MoMA -P.S.1 Studio Program, New York
PRIZES / AWARDS
2017 ‘Pino Pascali Award - 20th Edition’, Polignano a Mare
2009 ‘Catholic University of Leuven Culture Prize 2009-2010’, Leuven
2006 Prize ‘Eugène Baie 2003-2005’, Province of Antwerp, Antwerp
2001 ‘Prix Jeune Peinture Belge 2001’, national art prize, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels 1999 ‘Uriôt Prize’, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
Works on Paper, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (AT)
Hans Op de Beeck: The Horseman, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (RU) Hans Op de Beeck: The Boatman and Other Stories’, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano (IT)
Short Stories, Galleri Andersson / Sandström, Stockholm (SE)
Drifting, Gallery Pilevneli, Istanbul (TR)
The Horseman and other stories, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano (IT)
Stoic, Göteborgs Operan, Göteborg, La Villette, Paris (SE)
The Girl, Night Time & Staging Silence (3) Screening, Studio 5, Flagey Cinema, Brussels (BE)
The Thread, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (ISR)
Sea of Tranquility, Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam (NL)
The Cliff, Kunsthalle Krems (AT)
The Conversation, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (AT)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY (USA)
My bed a raft, the room the sea, and then I laughed some gloom in me, Galleria Continua, Habana, (CUB)
My bed a raft, the room the sea, and then I laughed some gloom in me, Galleria Continua, Havana, (CUB)
Cabinet of Curiosities, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, (NL)
Sea of Tranquility, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam, (NL)
The Wunderkammer Residence, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, (BE) Kids, Cabinets, Pictures, Ponds, Galleria Continua,
The Girl, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, (USA)
Hans Op de Beeck. Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, (DK)
Hans Op de Beeck: Pino Pascali Award - XX edition’, Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare (IT)
The Pond Room” Kunsthaus Dornbirn, Dornbirn (AT)
Out of the Ordinary, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (DE)
The Silent Castle, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (DE) Lily Pond, Tongeren (BE)
The Sleeping Girl, Pilevneli Gallery (TR)
Hans Op de Beeck: The Collector's House / Art Basel Unlimited 2016 from VernissageTV on Vimeo.
Hans Op de Beeck: The Collector's House (Marianne Boesky Gallery, Galleria Continua, and Galerie Krinzinger), Art Basel Unlimited 2016, June 15, 2016.
In Hans Op de Beecks's artwork “The Collector's House”, the viewer enters an immersive installation of a black and white neoclassical evocation of a private room featuring sculptures, paintings, furniture and books, all handcrafted from soft grey colored plaster as if everything has been frozen and petrified.