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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Close Encounters Of The T...
Panamarenko, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Object, laser videodisc.
Panamarenko, Helikopter, 1973-1986. Object, plastic, metal, wood, felt, paint; along with a display case with various objects, 100 x 900 x 500 cm.
Belgische Grafik der Gege...
Panamarenko, Jo Coucke, Belgische Grafik der Gegenwart, 1993. Book, ink, paper, 29.5 x 21 cm, 117 p., language : German, Dutch, French, publisher : Mindener Museum/Karl Kerber Verlag, Minden/Bielefeld, ISBN : 3-924639-29-9.
Zonder Titel 037 (Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 037 (Untitled 037). Sketch, ink, pencil, paper, 30 x 23 cm.
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Naakte Schoonheid – Kunst...
19 January 1991 - 17 March 1991.
Artists: Angelika Bader & Dietmar Tanterl, Albert Hien, Ulrich Horndash, Stephan Huber, Verena Kraft & Kurt Petz, Otto Künzli, Peter
De première van de hersen...
The Premiere of Brain Expansion in Colour! took place on 16 December 1966 and was the second happening that Panamarenko organised with Hugo H
INBOX: Wout Vercammen – A...
11 December 2014 - 11 January 2015.
This winter M HKA highlights the work of Wout Vercammen with A well-considered idea of an exhibition in 3 parts, which will be presented as a
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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
As well as imposing craft, as from the end of the 1990s Panamarenko also built small but intelligent birds and walking robots. The intelligen
“Beauty is in the power of failure” - Panamarenko From the early 1970, Panamarenko tried to transpose the vibration mechanism of insects to
NU TE ZIEN
The collection contains several integrated structures in and around the museum building. One of the first works of art realised in the M HKA
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer