Born in Leuven (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Guy Rombouts (°1949) receives an education as a printer/typographer, and since the seventies he has been working on alternative communications systems. For various reasons, Rombouts questions our current communication systems.
The father of Rombouts was a typographer and printer in Geel. He also was the publisher of the local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad van Geel. Printer's type is therefore one of Rombouts’ earliest everyday experiences. Rombouts first studies typography, but later, in part inspired by the exhibition program during the seventies of the Wide White Space Gallery in Antwerp, he decides to become a sculptor.
According to Rombouts, direct communication is not possible via our language and, as a consequence, some feelings simply cannot be put into words. That is why as of 1979 he searches for systems, in which form and content interact as much as possible. He and his partner, Monica Droste (1958-1998), develop an alphabet with the name AZART. In the alphabet words take on forms. AZART refers to AZ-Art, as in art from A to Z, but also to the French term hasard, which means as much as coincidence. Each letter corresponds to a line that has a predetermined name. Every letter of the alphabet also gets its own colour, which corresponds with the first letter of that colour.
Alongside the AZART alphabet, Rombouts continues to develop new alphabets of colours, foodstuffs and other materials or immaterial phenomena, always connecting his sense of language and material.
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Direction of Interpretati...
Monica Droste, Guy Rombouts, Direction of Interpretations, 1989. Installation, drawings, photos, found objects, 400 x 290 cm / 70 x 0,5 x 0,5 cm.
Gebeurtenissen die zich v...
Monica Droste, Guy Rombouts, Gebeurtenissen die zich verharden tot het object waarop we zitten en abstracte zelfstandige naamwoorden die de stevigheid van een tafel verwerven, 1986. Installation, mdf, metal, wood, lacquer, variable dimensions.
Labrys in Time (related 2)
Suzy Biernaert , Angel Vergara, Chris Straetling, Guy Rombouts, Monica Droste, Jef Lambrecht, Labrys in Time (related 2). Performance, paper, ink (printing), variable.
Guy Rombouts - Nieuw Nede...
Guy Rombouts, Guy Rombouts - Nieuw Nederlands Drieletterwoordenboek, 1985. Book, ink, paper, 29.3 x 21.5 cm, language : Dutch, author : Guy Rombouts, Publisher : Galerie Anny De Decker, Antwerpen, ISBN 90-6848-003-0.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
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
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
Labrys in Time (Camomille)
Exhibition and presentation of a bookwork by Ronmbouts-Droste (AZART / AWAWA) bij Camille von Scholz with performances by Jef Lambrecht. "La
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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
SNC - Saint Nicholas Chap...
Organization founded by Jef Lambrecht in december 1987 to represent Saint Nicholas.
Some of the exhibitions that also figure as performance, installation, happening, depending on your point of view Jef Lambrecht liked to blur