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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Christie's London : Post-...
Panamarenko, Christie's London : Post-War Contemporary Art - Day sale - Friday 24 June 2005, 2005. Book, ink, paper, 26.6 x 21 cm, 236 p, language : English, publisher : Christie's, London, .
Panamarenko, Panamarenko Universum, 2014. Book, ink, paper, 30.6 x 23.5 cm, 223 p., language : English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst & Ludion, ISBN : 9789491819209.
Michel Oukhow, Guy Vaes, Marie-Claude Mineta, Jean F. Buyck, Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, 1986. Book, ink, paper, 33.6 x 8 cm, 47 p., language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : Pre-Press Group De Schutter.
BIS HEUTE - Zeichnungen f...
Panamarenko, Carlo Huber, Martin H. Burckhardt, Dieter Koepplin, BIS HEUTE - Zeichnungen für das Kunstmuseum Basel aus dem Karl A. Burckhardt-Koechlin-Fonds, 1976. Book, ink, paper, 27.9 x 21.3 cm, language : German, publisher : Kunsthalle Basel, Basel.
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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
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
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
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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
Fixed - Wings & Zeppelins
As from the 1970s, Panamarenko wanted to conquer the lowermost part of the atmosphere. The building of his first airship, The Aeromodeller, i
Permanent Collection 2017...
REMARKABLE PRESENCES A collection grows organically. Aside from its main lines and core references, it is also made up of moments an
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer