“Figures and Forms” in the style of Pop Art and Hard Edge dated between “1968-1971”
When: 17/7 to 18/9/2021 – Gallery is open every Saturday from 2pm to 6pm or
after appointment by phone on +32 53 78 11 90 or mail email@example.com
Where: Les Créateurs du Parc – Erembodegemstraat 33 – 9300 Aalst
Located in Du Parc near Sports complex Schotte
Psychological and emotional tensions in human relationships. Guy Baekelmans tries to analyze the causes that can form the basis of a destiny. The series is close to pop art. The figures quickly disappear from the canvas and the capricious volumes remain behind.
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° 1940, Berchem
Guy Baekelmans was a student of Octave Landuyt in the 1950s. In the early 1960s he immersed himself in photography in order to distance himself from the influence of his master. In 1969 he returned to painting with a series of works (Figures and forms) in the style of Pop Art and Hard Edge. Between 1971 and 1972 Baekelmans evolved into a series of paintings and plexiglass sculptures (Tensive Spaces). The organic form was compressed and disappeared, making way for purely geometric forms.
The evolution towards constructivism, of which Baekelmans became a nationally and internationally known exponent, was accompanied by an early interest in Eastern philosophy. From the 1980s, the importance of the three-dimensional increases, with autonomous and often monumental sculptures.
Guy Baekelmans’ work has been shown in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, in Belgium and abroad.
Grand Prix of Europe (Ostend), Jeune Peinture Belge, Center for Fine Arts (Brussels), Modern Art Gallery (Brussels), International Cultural Center, (Antwerp), Striped House Museum (Tokyo), ARC Yamagiwa (Tokyo), Belgian- Flanders Cultural Center (Osaka), Center d’Art Contemporain de Jouy-sur-Eure, Beaumont Fine Art, Berticum, (‘s Hertogenbosch), BANK DELEN (Antwerp), FeliXart Museum, (Drogenbos),
Pierre Bergé & Belgian Gallery (Brussels), 100 anni di Pittura Belga (Ferrara), 2nd Triennial of Bruges (Bruges), Réalités Nouvelles (Paris), Richard Foncke Gallery (Ghent), I.K.I. (Dusseldorf), Rathaus Kreuzberg (Berlin) Grand Prix of Europe of the City of Ostend, Casino Ostend (BE), Galleria di Arti Visive (Parma), Biennale Internationale d’Art (Menton), Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea Sincron (Brescia) , Middelheim (Antwerp), Belgian House (Cologne), Gallery Ado (Bonheiden), Studio d’Arte Il Moro (Firenze), Il Brandale (Savona), Centro del Portello (Genova), Biennale Européenne de Sculpture Contemporaine de Normandie ( Jouy-sur-Eure), SCULPT 87/3 (Maubeuge), Celebration of Light, Pyrri Art Center (Savonlinn), White Art Center (Sint-Martens-Latem), V° Triennale, Campo, (Antwerp), 35th International Sculpture Symposium (Krastal), Lille art-fair (Lille), Andrés Van Hove Gallery (Antwerp), Happy Birthday Dear Academy, MAS (Antwerp), (…)
Les Créateurs du Parc – Erembodegemstraat 33 – 9300 Aalst
Located at Du Parc nearby sports complex Schotte
Les Créateurs du Parc is a multi-purpose space of 1400m2 where creative experimentation, innovative ambitions, artistic people and creative entrepreneurship merge. A place that appeals to the imagination and where mutual cross-pollination is stimulated. A place where people invent, create and are passionate about their craft!
An interesting dynamic between industrial heritage in combination with creativity
The du Parc product line, a reference to the factory location, next to the city park of Aalst, was the most famous, hence the site is still known as du Parc today. From the 1980s, turnover declined and in 2001 the family business was declared bankrupt. For years the factory buildings stood empty, but now they are being renovated in their full glory. This historic building, a real industrial heritage, is today returned to the population as a meeting place for recreation and creation.