December 1, 2005 - BAM, Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art - contemporary art from Flanders, (Belgium)
December 1, 2005

contemporary art from Flanders, (Belgium)

Contemporary art from Flanders (Belgium)

Initiatief Beeldende Kunsten, Flanders (Belgium)
Bijlokekaai 7d, 9000 Ghent
Phone: 32 (0)9 267 90 40
Fax: 32 (0)9 233 07 09
Email: info [​at​]

Hans Op De Beeck, Loss, 2004, (Sculptural video installation – 2,4 x 8 m, 2,44 m height, Duration animation film: 11 minutes)

Initiatief Beeldende Kunsten (IBK) is an independent non-governmental organization operating as a support centre for anyone professionally involved with visual arts in Flanders. IBK promotes Flemish contemporary visual arts in Belgium and abroad and provides information about the visual arts in Flanders.

Initiatief Beeldende Kunsten (IBK) is the prime source of information for Flemish artists as well as for foreign curators, critics, journalists, galleries or anyone interested in contemporary art from Flanders (Belgium). We intend to keep curators and critics informed of what is going on in contemporary Flemish art, both in and outside Flanders, by means of a bimonthly on-line magazine, the IBK newsletter.

In our third newsletter we are turning the spotlight on one Flemish artist and one organisation. We chose to interview Hans Op De Beeck in connection with his participation in the Night Sites exhibition at the Kunstverein in Hanover. Hans op De Beeck (b. Turnhout, 1969) has for several years been involved in many projects in quick succession. In addition to exhibitions in the Low Countries, he has also taken part in shows in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Turin, Milan and Chicago. In 2003 he was artist in residence at PS 1 in New York. At Art Unlimited (Art Basel 2004) he showed a life-sized motorway restaurant.

Op De Beeck works both with architectural models and with video films, photos and animated films based on drawings.

The organisation we selected was AIR Antwerp, an international residence project for artists.

Apart from this, we are once again able to announce several major exhibitions of Flemish artists aborad; they include Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven at apexart in New York, and Dora Garcia at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. A great many Flemish artists have also been included in Art Basel Miami Beach.

Returning to Flanders, at the MuHKA there is a substantial exhibition of artists from Vancouver. This is the first retrospective of contemporary art from Vancouver on such a scale to be seen outside Canada. It includes work by Vikky Alexander, Roy Arden, Rebecca Belmore, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Junge, Tim Lee, Liz Magor, Scot McFarland, Damian Moppett, Judy Radul, Steven Shearer, Ron Terada, Ian Wallace and Kelly Wood.

You can read more about this in the IBKs international newsletter:
To subscribe to this newsletter please send an e-mail to

IBK visitors’ program is our way of expanding an international network of contacts and exchange of information. In cooperation with other institutions, this program invites international curators and critics to Flanders to introduce them to the local art scene.

Contact us at:
Initiatief Beeldende Kunsten vzw
Bijlokekaai 7d
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Phone: 32 (0)9 267 90 40

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