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 071 [Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 071 [Untitled 071]. Sketch, paper, ink, 30 x 23 cm.
JP 1 - Art International/...
Panamarenko, Pierre E. Crowet, JP 1 - Art International/Internationale Kunst, 1975. Book, ink, paper, 21.8 x 18.6 cm, 87 p., language : French, Dutch, publisher : Fondation La Jeune Peinture Belge / Stichting de Jonge Belgische Schilderkunst (Fondation-asbl René Lust - Raymond Delhaye Stichting-vzw), Bruxelles.
Panamarenko : Een overzic...
Liliane Dewachter, Hans Theys, Panamarenko, Panamarenko : Een overzicht 1965-1985, 1989. Book, ink, paper, 27.5 x 21 cm, 128 p., language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.
Zonder Titel 051 (Untitle...
Panamarenko, Zonder Titel 051 (Untitled 051). Sketch, paper, ink, 7.2 x 21 cm.
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Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
Visite Herentals - Reflec...
04 March 2017 - 26 March 2017.
From 4.3.2017 on M HKA brings a number of works from the permanent collection into Le Paige castle. A local artist reflects on the work of an
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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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE In the 1970s, to create devices that take off vertically, Panamarenko concentrated his research on rotation speed an
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer