1948 - 2018
Born in Ostend (BE), lives in Ghent (BE).
From the mid-1970s, Jan Vercruysse (1948-2018) takes to the museum space with abstract collages, installations and assemblages that primarily question the essence of art. Vercruysse is not primarily interested in the artistic production of content or communication, but in the formal quietude of the object itself. A practice that at one given moment brings the artist to present only empty frames. Vercruysse always focuses on the structural precision of his compositions, which are entirely directed inward. All forms of thinking fall away, the oeuvre is self-sufficient in the literal sense of the word. A series of chairs are hung with their backrests against the wall, straight and uniform. A white chair stands on a white sheet on a table, like an accurately composed composition trouvée. Order and regularity, geometric shapes and recurring structures. Objects that can only refer to themselves because they have become meaningless in the context in which they are presented. Or by the way in which the artist has composed them.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
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La Feinte [The Sham]
Jan Vercruysse, La Feinte [The Sham], 1982. Photography, wood, iron, marbles, 220 x 180 x 130 cm.
Labyrinth & Pleasure Garden
Jan Vercruysse, Labyrinth & Pleasure Garden, 1994-2001. Print, ink, paper (rivoli), 12 x (66 x 49 cm).
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The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
De positie van kunst en d...
The oeuvre of Jan Vercruysse can be reduced in principle to one central problem: what is the position of art in the world, and, in connection
De Historiek van Kamer (I...
Room (III) has a special presence within the oeuvre of Jan Vercruysse. The series of four Rooms in total, which he created between 1983 and 1