“I really like old paintings and the idea of offering a window to the world so that you invite the viewer to just stare, I hope to recall that moment when you put your own individual stories aside and just can be with or in an image, for me that is the space of art – which I also find in old paintings – just looking at a landscape of Joachim Patinir or an interior of Johannes Vermeer, and letting go of everything. in the old idea of catharsis: the tragic and problematic, but at the same time comforting quality of the image.” (Hans Op de Beeck in an interview with Marc Holthof from HART)
Hans Op de Beeck attended the Vrije Kunsten program at the Kunsthogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels. Afterward he studied for a year at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts, and then for two years at the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam). In 2002-2003 he was the artist in residence for one year at the MoMA PS1 in New York.
Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs, and texts.
His work is a reflection of our complex society and the universal issues of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.
He views man as a creature who fakes the world around tragically-comically. Above all, Op de Beeck aims to stimulate the senses of the audience and invite them to truly relive the image. He strives to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence, and introspection.
Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Guique, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.
Kunstmuseum, Thun, CH, 2010.
Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES, 2010.
Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IR, 2012.
Kunstverein, Hannover, DE, 2012.
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA, 2013.
The Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA, 2013.
FRAC Paca, Marseille, FR, 2013.
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US, 2014.
MOCA Cleveland, OH, US, 2014.
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, DE, 2014.
Screen Space, Melbourne, AU, 2015.
Espace 104, Paris, FR, 2016.
Art Unlimited, Basel, CH, 2016.
Kunstraum, Dornbirn, AU, 2017.
Morsbroich Museum, Leverkusen, DE, 2017.
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE, 2017.
Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT, 2017.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, 2019.
Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria, 2019.
Akzo Nobel, Arnhem, The Netherlands;
Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium;
SMAK, Ghent, Belgium;
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany;
Toledo Museum of Arts, Ohio, USA;
La Maison Rouge, Paris, France;
Chamarande – Centre Artistique et Culturel, Chamarande, France;
MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany;
Cera Foundation, Leuven, Belgium;
Burger Collection, Zumikon, Switzerland;
Collection Gensollen, Marseille, France;
Belgacom Art Foundation, Brussels, Belgium;
Collection Groupe Lhoist, Brussels, Belgium;
Belfius Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium;
National Bank of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium;
Swift Collection, La Hulpe, Belgium.