Born in Antwerp (BE), lives in East Flanders (BE).
Panamarenko was born in Antwerp in 1940. He is an artist. But also an inventor, technician, mathematician, philosopher and visionary. And all at the same time. He has made hovering constructions, flying rucksacks, helicopters with pedals, airships, maybeetles, submarines and walking chickens. Panamarenko appears in the early 1960s, at first often as Panamarenko Multimillionair. The signature is something to do with the airline PanAm (the desire to leave the earth behind being one of his constant preoccupations), with Panama (the word painted on the Aeromodeller inflatable airship meant to fly to the Sonsbeek open-air exhibition in the Netherlands in 1971) and with the name of a Soviet politician, Panteleimon Ponomarenko, picked up from a radio broadcast. After studying art in Antwerp, Panamarenko started exhibiting in 1963. He would appear with the artist Hugo Heyrman, dressed in identical double-breasted white suits. The seven photocopied issues of Happening News (1965–1966) document the happenings they organised together as V.A.G.A. (‘Free Action Group Antwerp’). Later he devised a mechanism for the movement of an insect’s wings even before scientists discovered it. He has formulated a credible concept for steering spaceships.
It is virtually impossible to categorise this artist’s work in a particular style or movement in contemporary art. This is because of the unique and innovative nature of his oeuvre. Panamarenko was always exploring new avenues by means of drawings, writings and calculations. He showed things that were not fully visible and for this purpose relied on his imagination. His combination of artistic insight and technological experiment gives his spectacular constructions an odd sort of beauty, both playful and imposing. ‘I am not a scientist, nor someone who makes art objects. To me the most important thing is that the things I make occasionally contain a sort of poetry.’ In 2005, on his sixty-fifth birthday, Panamarenko announced the end of his artistic career. The fax was as concise as it was unexpected: ‘It is 2005 and I am 65. I am ceasing all activities. Kind regards. Panamarenko’
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Artisti (della Fiandra)/A...
Marc De Cock, Panamarenko, Artisti (della Fiandra)/Artists (from Flanders), 1990. Book, ink, paper, 29.5 x 24.5 cm, 112 p, language : Italian, English, Dutch, publisher : Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap/Dienst Beeldende Kunst en Musea, Brussel.
Paul Hefting, Lucius Grisebach, Panamarenko, Panamarenko, 1978. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, 245 p, language : German, Dutch, French, publisher : Nationalgalerie Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
Panamarenko. Das Flugzeug.
Panamarenko, Panamarenko. Das Flugzeug., 1968. Poster, ink, paper, 45.5 x 65 cm.
Op Losse Schroeven - situ...
Panamarenko, Wim A.L. Beeren, Op Losse Schroeven - situaties en cryptostructuren, 1969. Book, ink, paper, 27.5 x 21 cm, language : Dutch, English, publisher : Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
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13 June 1992 - 20 September 1992.
The 9th edition of Documenta was curated by Jan Hoet and had no general theme or title. Read an article about the exhibition.
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22 November 1996 - 12 January 1997.
Artists: Guillaume Bijl, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Thierry De Cordier, Danny Devos, Paul De Vylder, Lieve D’Hondt, Lili Dujourie, Jacky Duyck, F
Panamarenko – Multiples 1...
08 October 2003 - 22 February 2004.
In the Multiples 1966-2003 exhibition, an ensemble was presented of over one hundred objects, lithos and pictures by Panamarenko. Such an ove
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Fixed - Wings & Zeppelins
As from the 1970s, Panamarenko wanted to conquer the lowermost part of the atmosphere. The building of his first airship, The Aeromodeller, i
Temporary residence and atelier At Documenta V in Kassel, Swiss gallery owner Marc Hostettler from Neuchatel became acquainted with Panamar
The avant-garde magazine Happening News first appeared in September 1965 on the initiative of Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen and Y
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer