1938 - 2018
Born in Antwerp (BE), works in Antwerp (BE).
Wout Vercammen (1938-2018) is an Antwerp artist who took his Belgian nationality and turned it into a readymade product. He patents the Belgian national flag as an artistic concept and employs this striking colour pattern in much of his graphic art.
As a young artist, he studies to become a typographer, and develops a special interest in the turbulent events of the time, both in contemporary art and on the political stage. During the early sixties, he is closely involved with the happenings and colourful, carnival-like street performances orchestrated in Antwerp's city centre. By using images and text collages, he gradually develops his own unique form of expression. He creates letter and action paintings that form a critique on society – mostly in oil or acrylic on canvas – with a very direct and often humorous imagery. Subversive thinking and cynical understatements are frequently featured in his works. Over time he also uses the square metre as a standard measurement for his canvases.
His uncompromising attitude makes him a living legend on the Antwerp art scene, at the same time it caused him to become both outsider and outcast in the established world of contemporary art. Shortly before his death he is recognised in the public sphere, with three exhibitions of his work shown at M HKA in 2015; these exhibitions were prompted by the publication of a monograph on Vercammen, authored by Ronny Van de Velde.
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Wout Vercammen - Art is a...
Panamarenko, Jef Lambrecht, Guy Bleus, Wout Vercammen, Wout Vercammen - Art is a Trick, 1995. Book, ink, paper, 23.5 x 17 cm, 69 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Kunstcentrum Il Ventuno/Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, ISBN : 90-6685148-1.
Laetitia Yalon, Nicole van Goethem, Rudi Renson, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK, Danny Devos, Guy Rombouts, Wout Vercammen, Jan van Veen , Jef Lambrecht, 3K-Kelder AK-37, 1994. Photography, paper, emulsion, 10 x 15 cm.
Zonder titel [Untitled]
Wout Vercammen, Zonder titel [Untitled]. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 80.5 x 80.5 cm.
Wir haben es gewusst
Wout Vercammen, Wir haben es gewusst, 1978-1986. Painting, oil, canvas, 100 x 100 cm.
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INBOX: Wout Vercammen – A...
19 February 2015 - 15 March 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
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
15 September 2018 - 06 January 2019.
ERCOLA (Experimental Research Center of Liberal Artists) was initiated in November 1968 as a friends' initiative by artists Jean-Claude Block
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After years of dismantling, conversion and refitting, the public is able to see the extraordinary contents and architecture of this historica
Happenings & Collages
Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the cent
SNC - Saint Nicholas Chap...
Organization founded by Jef Lambrecht in december 1987 to represent Saint Nicholas.