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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South Africa is famous fo...
Wout Vercammen, South Africa is famous for its Birds, 1970-1986. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm.
Wout Vercammen, Wout Vercammen, 2014. Book, ink, paper, 30 x 30 cm, 454 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerie Ronny Van de Velde & Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, ISBN : 9789072828514.
SOS switch off something
Wout Vercammen, SOS switch off something, 1973-1974. Painting, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 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
14 August 2015 - 31 January 2016.
The M HKA collection is always expanding. With Recent acquisitions, M HKA showcased purchases that help shape our excisting collection. When
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
Happenings & Collages
Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the cent
The avant-garde magazine Happening News first appeared in September 1965 on the initiative of Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen and Y