1938 - 2018
Works in Antwerp (BE), born 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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Belgian Stars and Stripes
Wout Vercammen, Belgian Stars and Stripes, 1973. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm.
KYRPWWAWAX - Happening in...
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen, Panamarenko, Yoshio Nakajima, KYRPWWAWAX - Happening in een heerlijke nieuwe stad IV, 1965. Happening.
That's all folks
Wout Vercammen, That's all folks, 1978. Painting, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 65 x 74 cm.
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INBOX: Wout Vercammen – A...
15 January 2015 - 15 February 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
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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
Salon de Peinture
17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019.
For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the curren
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
“I always want a poster to have a special impact, an impact that goes far beyond the purely informational aspect. I use the poster to show b