Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Kapellen (BE).
Vaast Colson (°1977, Antwerp, Belgium) studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and obtained a postgraduate degree in Breda.
Colson belongs to a younger generation of Antwerp artists who could be called ‘post-ironic’. These artists don’t shy away from the big questions revolving around the place and role of the artist in society and the world around them. Colson's works examine core questions: what power does art have to change us and our society, what emotions and ethical choices guide an artist in a process of continuous change? From a spontaneous and rather naive approach to art and performance, Colson wants to shape his ideas. He opens up the artistic field and explores what is happening in the art world. Everything he undertakes can thus be considered as artistic intervention.
In his work, Colson constantly questions the relationship with the audience and is also strongly interested in mythology, and by the authentic (or not) mystique of the artist's existence, which he usually explores in his performances. The process is always important, but the end result, which is variable for Colson and influenced by the context, is an important part of his work.
In addition, Colson explores the commercial side of the art world and the economic consequences of artistry. His works, which are regularly made in situ, are often difficult to sell. The commercial potential and the associated value assessment are problematic for Colson. The making of editions can be understood in this context.
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Guillotine Painting Series
Vaast Colson, Guillotine Painting Series, 2016. Article, wood, aluminum, paint, 300 x 240 cm , 340 x 100 cm, 190 x 150 cm.
Vaast Colson, Lucky Laugh, 2016. Mixed Media, mixed media; photo on cardboard, hand towel, felt tulip, 150 x 100 cm.
Vaast Colson, Helena Sculpture, 2006. Installation, mixed media, 3 x (100 x 185 x 212 cm).
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Show me yours & I'll show...
19 February 2016 - 29 May 2016.
The M HKA wants to offer an ‘open house’ to artists. They can use the museum not only to exhibit their work, but also to foster an interactiv
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
Middle Gate Geel '13
29 September 2013 - 19 January 2014.
Middle Gate Geel ’13 concentrates on three main domains: myth, psychiatry, and art. More specifically, it sets out to analyse the mutual inte
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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
De M HKA - Collectie [The...
“Works in the M HKA collection are often large and have a presence without being especially tangible.” – Narcisse Tordoir For the third sect
ECONOMIE / ECONOMY / WIRT...
Interpersonal exchanges, whatever their form, have constantly shaped civilisations; economic exchanges often being predominant. Yet individua