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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Blockade '69 - Räume von ...
René Block, Panamarenko, Blockade '69 - Räume von Beuys Palermo Hödicke Panamarenko Lohaus Giese Knoebel Ruthenbeck Polke, 1969. Book, ink, paper, 28.9 x 20.7 cm, language : German, publisher : Galerie René Block, Berlin.
Botten met sneeuw [Boots ...
Panamarenko, Botten met sneeuw [Boots with Snow] , 1966. Object, leather boots and bag, wood, polyurethane , 24 x 37 x 20 cm, 28 x 25 x 28 cm, 18 x 44 x 23 cm.
Panamarenko, Super Helicopter. Drawing, pencil, felt-tipped pen, tape, paper, 33 x 21 cm.
Yvon Lambert, Panamarenko, FIAC 2001, 2001. Book, ink, paper, 24 x 17.1 cm, 601 p, language : French, English, publisher : COFIAC Comité de Sélection pour la Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain/Reed-OIP (Reed Exhibition Companies), Paris.
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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.
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
INBOX: Ziekenhuisschool 2...
09 March 2018 - 25 March 2018.
M HKA reserves its fifth floor for surprising interventions and intimate pop-up presentations. INBOX is a place that inspires and surprises,
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The military references that occur throughout Panamarenko’s oeuvre arise out of childhood memories of WWII. In the drawings of the Barada Jet
The Helicopter as a Poten...
“If you're always curious, sometimes a pure idea just comes along…” - Panamarenko In the publication The Helicopter as a Potential Winner,
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
BOOKS / BOEKEN
Hans Theys wrote and designed 40 books on contemporary art and published numerous essays, interviews and reviews in books, catalogs and magaz
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer