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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Jan Vercruysse, Jan Vercruysse, 1978. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, language : Dutch, French, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
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The collection III – Spri...
22 February 2003 - 18 May 2003.
In the first presentation, there was much room for the rather conceptually coloured core of the collection – the works from the Gordon Matta-
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
Kunstwerk van de maand 2015
01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015.
January: Jan Vercruysse – Fontaine/Lustre, 1991. February: Jan Fabre – Het fonteintje, 1980. March: Charif Benhelima – Minus two, 2006. April
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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
Plaatsen en niet-plaatsen...
Throughout is oeuvre, Jan Vercruysse is looking for a place where art and the artist can be meaningful. This quest translates to an attempt a
Verlies en afwezigheid [L...
Characteristic for Jan Vercruysse is a strong sense of melancholy. Vercruysse's work seem empty and quiet. He robs archetypical objects like