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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De Keus van de Kunstenaar...
Panamarenko, Enno Develing, Henk Overduin, Gerrit Jan de Rook, De Keus van de Kunstenaar - Zes presentaties van eigentijdse kunst (Boezem, Nan Hoover, Panamarenko, Steingrímur Eyfjörd Kristmundsson, Marijke de Goey, Douwe Jan Bakker), 1982. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, 24 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag.
BV* Betrokken Vlamingen (...
Panamarenko, Dirk de Kort, BV* Betrokken Vlamingen (Benefietveiling), 2008. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, language : Dutch, publisher : Rotonde vzw/Veilinghuis Bernaerts, Brasschaat/Antwerpen.
Zonder Titel 016 (Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 016 (Untitled 016). Sketch, pencil, paper, 23 x 15 cm.
Antwerpen 93 Culturele ho...
Panamarenko, Eric Antonis, Antwerpen 93 Culturele hoofdstad van Europa (Magazine), 1993. Periodical, ink, paper, 33.5 x 24.3 cm, 65 p, language : Dutch, publisher : Antwerpen 1993 v.z.w., Antwerpen.
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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
03 October 2014 - 29 March 2015.
Panamarenko Universum was the big and exclusive return of Panamarenko (born in 1940, Antwerp) to his hometown of Antwerp. The retrospective P
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
Museum E!: Els Vanden Mee...
28 January 2017 - 25 February 2017.
M HKA and the Immaculata nursing home have developed an enduring partnership on the topic of contemporary art. This project aims to stimulate
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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
The military references that occur throughout Panamarenko’s oeuvre arise out of childhood memories of WWII. In the drawings of the Barada Jet
NU TE ZIEN
The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive
Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer