1935 - 2003
Born in Mechelen (BE), died in Antwerp (BE).
Guy Mees (1935-2003) emerges as a painter in Antwerp in the late fifties, when post-war avant-garde art from the US was just beginning to find its way to Belgium. His first mature works are a series of black charcoal paintings doubling as reliefs.
Between 1960–1967 Mees produces an extensive body of work using industrially manufactured lace and neon lights in different flat and three-dimensional constellations. These are all titled Verloren Ruimte (‘Lost Space’). Around 1970 Mees experiments with performance and super 8 film. In the seventies, eighties and nineties Mees mostly works on, or with, paper. In 1983 he begins to use his former title again: he sees his site-specific variations with coloured paper as another kind of ‘lost spaces’.
Mees' work is systematic, but the system is created in the work itself. With the exception of a short text in Flash Art in 1973, he never comments on or explains his work, probably because he considers spoken and written words as too definitive for what he intends for his artistic praxis. The accuracy of the oeuvre – intertwining elements of painting, sculpture and performance, which emphasise the importance of colour, texture and space experience – is altogether different from a merely adequate verbal ‘definition’.
Towards the end of his life Mees loosens his strict approach to abstraction, which had given him sufficient variation and freedom till then, and begins experimenting with descriptive, figurative elements.
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Imaginair Ballet [Imagina...
Guy Mees, Imaginair Ballet [Imaginary Ballet], 1998. Installation, mixed media, ca. 300 x 600 cm.
• 0806 • Untitled
Ronny Van de Velde , Guy Mees, Jef Verheyen, • 0806 • Untitled, 1960. Drawing, mixed media, gold pigment and blue ink on paper, 50 x 60 cm.
Nieuwe Vlaamse School
Jef Verheyen, Nic van Bruggen, VECU, Bert De Leeuw, Mark Claus, Herman Denkens, Jan Dries, Vic Gentils, Jef Kersting, Nic Klerks, Guy Mees, Englebert Van Anderlecht, Guy Vandenbranden, Nieuwe Vlaamse School, 1961. Poster, ink on paper, 2 sides.
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Guy Mees – Video and movies
02 March 2002 - 12 May 2002.
The work of Guy Mees (°1935, Mechelen) is positioned between the poles of painting, sculpture and installation. At the end of the Sixties and
The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
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Het Transcendente [The Tr...
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals
Jef Verheyen - OEUVRE
Il est bon de vivre en ces temps-ci. Un tournant s'annonce qui sera essentiel dans l'Histoire. Il semble que tout incline vers sa juste vale