Born in Ghent (), lives in Ghent ().
Leo Copers has built up a varied oeuvre of sculptural work, installations and performances since the late sixties. The starting point is an everyday object, which he changes, isolates or expands so that it will become both poetic and dramatic, speaking of danger, destruction and mortality. Copers’s work is composed with a measure of both irony and strategicic thinking. The use objects are selected on the basis of the specific expectations they create in the viewer. But this expectation is immediately undermined by means of some minimal adjustment to the context. The materials chosen may well inspire caution, but at the same time they create an alienating and romantic image. The aestheticisation of violence is a recurring element in Copers’s oeuvre. He plays on the margins between material things, harsh reality and the disturbing power of an immoral dream world, using weapons as a metaphor, as his mental clenched fist. He uses things not normally available to the artist. It is, for instance, forbidden for ordinary citizens to carry a weapon. At first sight Copers’s work often appears highly accessible and attractive, even beautiful. But this is always followed by a moment of amazement. Things are never what they at first seem, or at least not entirely. There is a hint of real danger and mystery. In addition, there is always tension between the elements used. The artist is interested in such natural forces as water, light and fire, and strives to pitch them against each other.
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Leo Copers, Koffer [Suitcase], 1981. Sculpture, wood, metal, charcoal, gold leaf, 94 x 38 x 37 cm.
Leo Copers, Leo Copers, 1980. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 20.9 cm, 23 p., language : Dutch, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
Leo Copers 'Sculpturen' 1...
Leo Copers, Leo Copers 'Sculpturen' 1989-1968, 1990. Book, ink, paper, 27.7 x 21 cm, 156 p., language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen & Centraal Museum Utrecht & Stichting 'Kunst en Projecten' vzw, Zedelgem.
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The collection XXX – The ...
29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.
Maarten Vanden Eynde’s project Museum of Forgotten History housed the remains of a possible future past. The exhibition took the form of fict
De Verzameling II en een ...
30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.
'De Verzameling II' showed a selection of the M HKA collection. Artists: Ulay & Marina Abramovic, Guillaume Bijl, Jean Marie Bijtebie
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
Visite - Kunstenparcours ...
28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.
De Ververij, a cultural centre in Ronse, has devised a challenging art-route through the center of the city featuring top textile designs fro
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public