Dr. Hugo Heyrman
Born in Zwijndrecht (Belgium), lives in Antwerp (Belgium).
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, the 'stage-name' of Hugo Heyrman, (born in Zwijndrecht, 1942), is a leading Belgian painter and new-media artist. He lives and works in Antwerp.
Artist Dr. Hugo Heyrman occupies a unique position in the world of art. When we survey his full 40-year career in art, we are confronted with an oeuvre continually marked by pioneering acts. To start with, during the 1960s he worked together with Panamarenko to introduce performance- and conceptual art and actions to the Belgian scene. Ahead of their time, they were trendsetting artistic projects - for instance, having an auto-free city center - within the framework of what was often an ecological critique.
Or again, at the beginning of the Seventies, when he led the way with video art. Some will associate his name with the first digital experiments in art-land, but perhaps are not aware that despite his involvement in these diverse media he still continues to describe himself as a painter. Even in his painter's palette, right from the outset we recognize that filmic zoom-mode that came to exercise such influence upon an entire generation of Flemish painters in the 1990s. And when today he enjoys worldwide fame both in the world of academia (with his acute analysis of synesthesia, for example) and in the booming alternative 'web-world' of young digital artists, none would necessarily suspect that omnipresent painter's intuition.
Starting from a lucid artistic thought process, he consistently plays with the potentialities of diverse media to repeatedly provide new stature to what is the essence of representation: the abstraction of each representation. The oeuvre of Dr. Hugo Heyrman makes a statement on the poetics of painting, on perceptual thought, and on the calling into question of the truth of images.
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Nu Happening van een beze...
Panamarenko, Wout Vercammen, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Yoshio Nakajima, Nu Happening van een bezette stad III [Now Happening of an Occupied City III], 1965. Poster, blue ink, paper, 29 x 18.5 cm.
IJsblokkenactie [Ice Bloc...
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Panamarenko, IJsblokkenactie [Ice Block Action], 1968. Happening.
Kunstmatig Landschap - ma...
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Kunstmatig Landschap - maquette van ruimte en tijd [Artificial landscape], 1968. Sculpture, styropor covered with coloured felt (attached with pins), 150 x 200 x 20 cm.
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De première van de hersen...
The Premiere of Brain Expansion in Colour! took place on 16 December 1966 and was the second happening that Panamarenko organised with Hugo H
03 October 2014 - 29 March 2015.
Panamarenko Universum was the big and exclusive return of Panamarenko (born in 1940, Antwerp) to his hometown of Antwerp. The retrospective P
INBOX: Wout Vercammen – A...
11 December 2014 - 11 January 2015.
This winter M HKA highlights the work of Wout Vercammen with A well-considered idea of an exhibition in 3 parts, which will be presented as a
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Stichting Gordon Matta-Cl...
In various ways, the ICC played an important part in forming the potential of the collection. Flor Bex aspired to establish a museum in Antwe
Happenings & Collages
Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the cent
Poëtic Objects: 1965 - 1968 In the second half of the 1960s, Panamarenko built a series of poetic objects, often inspired by memories of hi