International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2016

Philippe Van Snick

Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (Austria)

12.03 - 22.05.2016

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E-Flux Press Release

The Grazer Kunstverein kicks off its 30th anniversary program with a large solo exhibition by Belgian artist Philippe Van Snick (Ghent, 1946) as a continuation of its exploration into notions of social abstraction. The exhibition spans almost five decades and traces developments in the artist's highly consistent body of work, best known for its post-minimalist approach to painting. The exhibition is the artist's first in Austria.


Philippe Van Snick, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz

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Exhibition from March 12 to May 22, 2016. Grazer Kunstverein, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Burggasse 4 - 8010 Graz (Austria). Tel.: +43 316 834 141. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm.





Philippe Van Snick, Dag & Nacht, Maankaart (Day & Night, Map of the moon), 1985. Courtesy Collection Koen Deprez.

Philippe Van Snick, Dag & Nacht, Maankaart (Day & Night, Map of the moon), 1985. Courtesy Collection Koen Deprez.

In the '70s, Van Snick developed an interest in systematic methodologies that lead him to formulate a consistent color and numeral system. This allowed him to create a steady body of work in the following decades. For the artist, light and color are both scientific, objective descriptions as well as subjective codes inspired by our everyday experience. The concept of time, specifically the dualism of day and night and the lightness and darkness that signifies its passing, is often explored in works that underline the experiential relationship between the viewer and his/her surroundings. By finding itself within the realm between painting and sculpture, the predominant concerns of modernism are invoked by questioning the autonomy of the artwork and geometric abstraction as a universal language.

The artist's early conceptual photography and film works form the backbone for the exhibition in which everyday observations are abstracted and formalized.

Philippe Van Snick's solo exhibition is co-organized with De Hallen Haarlem (Netherlands) where a complementary show of his work is currently on display (January 16–May 16, 2016). For the occasion of these exhibitions, Van Snick has produced an artist's edition, which can be acquired at both institutions.