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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Zonder Titel 076 [Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 076 [Untitled 076]. Sketch, paper, ink, 30 x 23 cm.
Zonder Titel 092 [Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 092 [Untitled 092]. Sketch, paper, ink, 30 x 23 cm.
Triënnale der Zuidelijke ...
Panamarenko, Jean Leering, W. Vanbeselaere, Triënnale der Zuidelijke Nederlanden - Jonge Kunst uit Zuid-Nederland en Vlaanderen (2), 1969. Book, ink, paper, 25.5 x 22.7 cm, language : Dutch, publisher : Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum/Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Eindhoven/Antwerpen.
Vente Publique au Palais ...
Panamarenko, Vente Publique au Palais des Beaux-Arts / Kunstveiling in het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten - Décembre / December 1994, 1994. Book, ink, paper, 22.8 x 16.9 cm, 112 p, language : French, Dutch, publisher : s.a. Servarts n.v., Bruxelles.
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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
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
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Engineered to go to Sea
In the 1990s, Panamarenko explored the mysteries of the sea. He devised craft and equipment to dive more rapidly and to float with greater st
Temporary residence and atelier At Documenta V in Kassel, Swiss gallery owner Marc Hostettler from Neuchatel became acquainted with Panamar
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