1950 - 2015
Died in Antwerpen (BE), born in Aalst (BE).
The Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt (1950-2015) is one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the seventies and eighties. He consciously operates outside the art market and has an eye for questions about society. Besides that, he was a real ‘artist’s artist’ and a reference in both his city of origin Aalst and in Antwerp, where he lived for most of his life. He advocated an art beyond the art market and geared towards society. During the mid-seventies he visualises gender and identity fluidity in a way that is still relevant.
Combining his insights from photography and performance art, he evolves towards a personal crossover of performance, documentation and installation art for which he coins the label 'post-performance'. Charismatic and energetic, he continuously cooperates with a multitude of people.
Hugo Roelandt generously bequeathed part of his estate to the Antwerp Academy, where he was a teacher in the photography department. In consultation with Lydia Van Loock, his spouse, the Academy decided that the artists' archive should stay together at M HKA as a platform for research about the artist and performance art in Belgium.
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Invite Id'A Screen Machine
Hugo Roelandt, George Smits, Baudouin Oosterlynck, Jacques Charlier, Jacques Lizène, Dominique Grégoire , Jef Lambrecht, Invite Id'A Screen Machine, 1986. Miscellaneum, paper, ink (printing), ca. 10 x 10 cm.
Circulatie / Circulation
Marc Holthof, Greet Verlinden, Hugo Roelandt, Circulatie / Circulation, 1985. Performance.
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HUGO ROELANDT – A Choice ...
09 February 2018 - 29 April 2018.
The Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt was one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the 1970s and 1980s. He was an artist's artist who
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
Hugo Roelandt & de jaren ...
19 January 2019 - 05 May 2019.
The Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt was one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the seventies and eighties. He was an artist's arti
Hugo Roelandt & the 90's ...
18 January 2020 - 23 August 2020.
Hugo Roelandt was one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the seventies and eighties. He was an artist's artist with a sharp vie
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After studying graphic arts at the academies of Aalst and Antwerp, Roelandt started his career as photographer in the early 70s. He was, howe
FLUID BODY The fluidity of the body emerged as a notion after we saw the works by Vlad Monroe, Hugo Roelandt and Eleni Mylonas. The b
GEWELD | VIOLENCE
It seems clear that in the case of Dymphna, the sting – t.i., the violence – is in the tail of her story, in the beheadings and the flickerin