Lives in Brussels (BE), born in Brussels (BE).
"Vital is the beauty of the leap towards emptiness", Walter Swennen.
Brussels-based artist Walter Swennen is active as poet and painter, and the dynamic between word and image is often featured prominently in his work. Swennen paints or draws with playful irony and a special talent for visual associations. Swennen calls himself a constrained artist, but he claims to actually use these constraints to paint. Central to Swennen's work is for the viewer to leave behind reason and give leeway to imagination.
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Zij die hier zijn zijn va...
Walter Swennen, Zij die hier zijn zijn van hier, 2006. Painting, oil on canvas, 80 x 68 cm.
Negen hedendaagse tekenaa...
Pierre Vlerick , Roger Wittevrongel , Jan Vanriet, Hugo Duchateau, Mark Luyten, Walter Swennen, Ado Hamelryck, Fred Bervoets, Philippe Vandenberg, Marcel van Jole, Negen hedendaagse tekenaars uit Vlaanderen, 1985. Book, ink, paper, 29.6 x 21 cm, 24 p., language : Dutch, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
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The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an
INBOX: Herinneringen aan ...
15 July 2016 - 07 August 2016.
Memories of Montevideo: the Antwerp Avant-Garde Scene in the Early ‘80s Part 1 (16.6–10.7) / Part 2 (14.7–7.8) ‘A meeting point for t
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’...
07 June 2019 - 15 September 2019.
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp An exhibition inspired by a novel, a city and a scene Artists include: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Im
Museum in Motion - Walter...
16 September 2022 - 08 January 2023.
Walter Swennen Active for more than half a century as a visual artist, Walter Swennen is considered one of the figureheads of contemporary p
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
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