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In his mysterious, baroque oeuvre Patrick Van Caeckenbergh (°1960, Aalst, Belgium) depicts the world and his own environment. His sculptures, collages, models and drawings connect small, everyday objects with all-
The exhibition in M shows work starting from the 1980's, a period where Van Caeckenbergh defined his own mode of artistic expression. The detailed collages from this period incorporate wallpaper from his home, numerous references to the environment in which he grew up as well as to his own oeuvre. At the same time, they bear witness to an overwhelming desire to capture and store all the knowledge in the world. Relying on the insights he had gleaned from books, movies and art history, he tried to grasp the world with his own systems and models. He connected mundane elements from the everyday world with comprehensive global systems and grand discoveries. In the 90's Van Caeckenbergh began to explore his own life and attempted to portray the multitude of complexities of the human condition. The process of germination, flowering and decay are contained in magnificent sculptures. Motifs such as the tree of life, beetles, the procession of caterpillars, and cuttings of bits of bare skin now make their appearance, and the everyday processes of rotting and decay are increasingly employed as metaphors.
The artist's current work coincides with his move to the rural village of Sint-
Patrick Van Caeckenbergh had solo exhibitions at Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht (NL), Musée des Beaux Arts Nîmes (FR) and Maison Rouge in Paris (FR). His work was included in many group exhibitions, like the 5th Biennale of Lyon, "Abracadabra" at Tate Gallery, London, "Manifesta 1" Rotterdam (NL), and "Hors – Limites". L'art et la vie 1952-
Curator: Eva Wittocx
Exhibition 2 February -
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Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Drawings of Old Trees (summer 2010), 2010. 26,8 x 20,2 cm.
Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, The Tree of Life: The Encyclopedia of Blushings, 2003-