1940 - 2019
Died in East Flanders (BE), born in Antwerp (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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Kreem-glace [Ice Cream]
Panamarenko, Kreem-glace [Ice Cream], 1966. Object, polyurethane, plastic, metal, 99 x 85 x 52 cm.
Antwerpse kinderen portre...
Panamarenko, Vera van der Vinck, Johan Pas, Antwerpse kinderen portretteren Antwerpse kunstenaars, 1993. Book, ink, paper, 24 x 28 cm, language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : De Vrienden van het Stedelijk Pedagogisch Centrum vzw, Hoboken.
Panamarenko, Catapult Max, 2002. Multiple, colour print with punced parts stuck on, and heightened with silver paint. colour print stuck on., 197.5 x 123 cm.
Cahier Toy Model of Space...
Panamarenko, Cahier Toy Model of Space - Grote Quadru Flip-Flop - Grote Elleboog. Sketch, ink, paper.
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Panamarenko – Multiples 1...
08 October 2003 - 22 February 2004.
In the Multiples 1966-2003 exhibition, an ensemble was presented of over one hundred objects, lithos and pictures by Panamarenko. Such an ove
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
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Happenings & Collages
Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the cent
Poëtic Objects: 1965 - 1968 In the second half of the 1960s, Panamarenko built a series of poetic objects, often inspired by memories of hi
“Beauty is in the power of failure” - Panamarenko From the early 1970, Panamarenko tried to transpose the vibration mechanism of insects to
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
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Panamarenko with the 'General Spinaxis', 1968 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, General Spinaxis in the first prospect exhibition from Konrad Fischer