07.11.2014 - 04.01.2015

Dirk Braeckman
Le Bal, Paris

CURATED BY DIANE DUFOUR

LE BAL is pleased to present the first major exhibition in France of Dirk Braeckman, a foremost figure in contemporary Flemish photography.

At first view, Dirk Braeckman makes photographs in the simplest possible way: he doesn't go in search of remarkable subjects or extraordinary places but photographs whatever happens to be there, using a 35mm camera, often from a frontal perspective and at eye level. Yet his images, which have little narrative content or story-telling value, are never a direct representation of reality.
Dirk Braeckman selects, rejects, distorts and sculpts everything he sees. And suddenly nothing is as it seems. Bathroom tiles, the corner of a bed, a strip of wallpaper, the most mundane object comes alive, fills space, becomes palpable. A satin bed sheet glows, a Formica tabletop exults.
The heightened sensuality of this inert world ties in with the tactile quality of the print itself, further heightened by the use of matt paper and extreme refinement in the shades of grey. Many shades of grey. Pearl grey, coal grey, silver grey, lizard grey, platinum grey, phoenix grey, slate grey, Lisbon grey, clock grey, moon grey… the infinite palette of a single colour.

Le Bal


24.10.2014 - 19.04.2015

DE ZEE / THE SEA
SALUT D'HONNEUR JAN HOET
Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium

CURATORS JAN HOET&PHILLIP VAN DEN BOSSCHE

The Sea is an exhibition that, just like a wave, cannot be pinned down: it builds up, breaks on the shore and
leaves traces that the next wave will wash away.

The Sea is an exhibition in dialogue with Ostend, spread out across several locations – a museum, a fishermen’s church, an old cinema, a hotel with sea view and other inspirational places.

The Sea is a salut d’honneur to renowned curator Jan Hoet, who wanted to share his ownlast ode to the sea… with grand gestures and little stories.

The exhibition brings together artists from recent and less recent art history, thus enabling contemporary artists to engage in dialogue with the older Masters. The Sea will display works of art by Etel Adnan, Forrest Bess, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Hanne Darboven, Marlene Dumas, James Ensor, Jan Fabre, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Bernd Lohaus, Henri Matisse, Dennis Oppenheim, Panamarenko, Constant Permeke, Roger Raveel, Rob Scholte, Luc Tuymans, Paul Thek, Katharina Wulff, and many others, but also new work by, among others, Guillaume Bijl, Michaël Borremans, Thierry De Cordier, Joseph Kosuth, Kris Martin, Reinhard Mucha, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Lawrence Weiner.

Mu.Zee


10.10.2014 - 04.01.2015

Lille3000
Secret Passions
Private flemish collections

Curated by Caroline David

The concentration of contemporary art collectors found in Belgium is unique. A corner of Flanders around Kortrijk and not far from Lille boasts a few dozen collectors each more passionate than the last.

Lille3000


28.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

De Vierkantigste Rechthoek
Tom Barman sees all sides of a centery of Belgian art
Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort

The show is part of a series of events being held in Amersfoort to commemorate the centenary of the influx of Belgian refugees prompted by the outbreak of the First World War. Amersfoort was one of the places in which they were accommodated and the town’s ‘Belgian Monument’ is a lasting reminder of the episode. Among the Belgians who sought refuge in the Netherlands were a number of artists who would later become major figures in the Flemish Expressionist movement.

Kunsthal KAdE


22.04.2014 - 28.09.2014
Broelmuseum, Kortrijk

CAPITA SELECTA

This season the Broelmuseum programs a remarkable exhibition entitled ‘Capita Selecta’ in which their own private collection of portraits engages in a dialog with modern interpretations of ‘the portrait’.
The captivating confrontation brings us from the classical portraits from the 16th century to today’s selfie’s , showing that the portrait of today, has not lost any of its relevance.
Monia Warnez and Jan Leysen function as curators for this unique exhibition composed of contemporary artworks from private collectors in dialogue with portraits from the permanent collection.

Broelmuseum


05.04.2014 - 09.06.2014
NAVIGO-Nationaal Visserijmuseum, Oostduinkerke

BROODTHAERS EN DE ZEE

Books, slides, editions, films, folders, photographs, objects, magazines

Homage to M.B.,
the painter of the sea

Nine painting from the NAVIGO (National Fisheries Museum) reserve collection selected by Maria Gilissen.

and works of Marcel Berlanger, Dirk Braeckman, Johan De Wilde, Loek Grootjans, Stijn Kriele, Sylvia Marechal, Yola Minatchy, Sinarong

emergent
navigo


05.03.2014 - 12.04.2014
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout

opening 02.03.2014, 3 - 6 pm

Zeno X Gallery


25.01.2014 - 01.06.2014
S.M.A.K. Ghent

The Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman presents a contemporary interpretation of the Great War in a series of photos. For the commemoration of the 1914-18 war he created a work that comprises prints from old negatives by an unknown photographer, probably a soldier in the trenches. In this tribute to an anonymous photographer, Braeckman links the power of the eye-witness to his view as a contemporary artist. In this work one recognises Braeckman’s characteristic pictorial approach, that of a painter using the medium of photography.

This series was exhibited for the first time at the Maison de la Culture in Namen. In association with the Service de la Culture de la Province de Namur.

S.M.A.K.


15.11.2013 - 15.12.2013
Upside Down / Let's Dance at Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever

opening 15.11.2013, 8 pm

While the first part of Upside Down focused on the radical developments in sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, the second part will include mainly new, contemporary productions transforming the exhibition into a lively/living organism.

The work of the late Franz West is taken as a focal point. His work must be considered as an intermediate between avant-garde and contemporary art. Moreover, with his bizarre, wearable sculptures/Passstuecke he built bridges between minimal art, performance and an free and interactive form of bodily action.

Works by Bruce Nauman, Lili Dujourie and Michel Verjux serve as an important historical background to the exhibition.

New works by Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Peter Rogiers, Joris Van de Moortel, Gert Robijns en Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová and recent works by Herman Van Ingelgem, Ann Veronica Janssens, Manfred Pernice as well as a mini version of “Everything for You, Strombeek” by Jan De Cock add to a subjective vision on contemporary sculpture in which the theatrical and/or performative plays an important role. A very special contribution is the video produced by advisor/choreographer Vicent Dunoyer and Dirk Braeckman which takes the tangible reality of the exhibition hall in Strombeek as a point of departure, resulting in an abstract "motion picture" with latent references to certain stellar constellations.

Work by: Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáccová, Dirk Braeckman & Vincent Dunoyer, Jan De Cock, Lili Dujourie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Ma Li, Bruce Nauman, Manfred Pernice, Gert Robijns, Peter Rogiers, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Joris Van de Moortel, Herman Van Ingelgem, Michel Verjux, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West
Advice: Vincent Dunoyer
Text: Christel Stalpaert

Museumcultuur Strombeek/ Gent


21.09.2013 - 05.01.2014
Musée Félicien Rops - Namur
Maison de la Culture - Namur

opening 20.09.2013

14 - 18
La guerre vue par Otto Dix - George Grosz - Dirk Braeckman

Through a series of unpublished photographs, Dirk Braeckman provides a contemporary response to the Great War.
On the occasion of the commemoration of the 14-18 War and opposite the work of Otto Dix, Dirk has chosen to show, for the first time, an exceptional body of work, realised in 1986, which remained in a drawer till now.

Maison de la Culture


09.07.2013 - 13.10.2013
CODA Black

group show - Apeldoorn

CODA Museum Apeldoorn presents CODA BLACK,
with works by Dirk Braeckman, Anton Corbijn, Francisco Goya, Folkert de Jong, Natasja Kensmil, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raquel Maulwurf, Arnulf Rainer and Gerhard Richter.

CODA


26.4.2013 - 15.6.2013
Galerie Thomas Fischer - Berlin

With their matte surfaces, gray scales and unclear motifs, the black-and- white photographs of the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman (born in 1958) are utterly enigmatic. Working on the boundaries of the medium of photography, they combine fleetingness and substance, texture and distance. The pictures don’t tell stories, though one might be tempted to think so. Leaving the moment in which the image was captured behind, each work reveals the diffuse process behind its own creation.
Several of the new works featured at the exhibition in the Galerie Thomas Fischer were made for Dirk Braeckman’s recent show at de Appel arts center in Amsterdam. Included is also a recent film by the artist.

Galerie Thomas Fischer


17.04.2013 - 26.05.2013
Zeno X Gallery - Antwerp

Opening New Space 14.04.2013, 3-6 pm

Zeno X Gallery


08.02.13 - 12.05.13
BOZAR

A.W.-M.P.-13-2013
In the context of: Antoine Watteau. Painter of Music

Antoine Watteau’s imaginary landscapes often feature people (predominantly courtiers) who have just whispered something to someone else or are about to do so… Figures turning towards or away from one another. They are also often shown from the back. What we, the viewers, see is chiefly the interplay of the figures and their gazes, all of those lines that criss-cross each other across the paintings: one person is looking at another person who is looking out at us, while that person is being looked at by somebody else. These figures are frozen in a pose that has them inclined just a millimetre too far, just a millimetre too close, or too far from the other figure. And what we hear - there are so many musical instruments - is quiet, frozen music.

BOZAR asked Dirk Braeckman to find a way of depicting the artworks that could not be brought to the exhibition. Not because Braeckman is seen to be ‘the photographer of emptiness’, but because he is so adept at depicting ‘emptiness’ (memory, memory loss, absence, desire) in all of his photographs. Braeckman hardly ever shows us what is actually there in a photograph. And all we can do is fill in these photographs with our own desires, our own absences, forever feverishly searching for meaning. It is as if the distance between the figures suddenly becomes solid, becomes material. Each of Braeckman’s photographs allows us to hear and see what is going on among Watteau’s figures as they lean in towards one another. Whispering. Music. The ‘negative space’. The silence. Our unstoppable desire to constantly bridge that distance and fill in the silence.

Peter Verhelst

Bozar


18.11.12 - 20.01.13
Kunsthalle Erfurt

Opening 18.11.12

Kunsthalle Erfurt is proud to produce and feature Dirk Braeckman’s first solo exhibition in Germany. With this large scale show of the Belgian artist Kunsthalle Erfurt is not just highlighting one of its main focus – photography. What is more, with his painterly black and white images mostly devoted to the analogue photographic process Braeckman maintains an outstanding position in contemporary art. An extensive body of work has been carefully conceived over the past 30 years and even now, when Braeckman has become more and more involved into digital photography his exceptional glimpse on scenes of interiors, street views and human figures stayed the same. The artist reflects not just the process of photography (in relation to painting) but the construction and deconstruction, i.e. the “re-reading”, of an image in general. Therefore the Erfurt exhibition, curated by art historian Silke Opitz, will not just offer a survey on Braeckman’s work so far but focus on the way of perception. An accompanying German-English publication is proposed.

Kunsthalle Erfurt


17.11.2012 - 31.03.2013
De Appel arts centre presents new works of Dirk Braeckman

Opening 16.11.12 - 6 pm

The artist himself explains: “It is not what I am photographing that is important, but the way in which I do it. It is not the shot, but what happens with the shot.” Braeckman’s often melancholic photographs have a snapshot-like, ephemeral quality although every image is actually photographically composed very precisely. Every detail is important: the cropping, the light, colour and texture, the lack of focus, the material on which it is printed.
In this exhibition Braeckman reveals an unknown aspect of his oeuvre for the first time: enigmatic 16 mm films which are exhibited in combination with a carefully selected number of photographic works.

De Appel


01.11.2012 - 30.12.2012
QNX - een plek voor rituelen at Concertgebouw Brugge

Curated by Peter Verhelst - Maud Bekaert

Featuring work by Dirk Braeckman, Cristina Iglesias en Lili Dujouri, Maud Bekaert and Peter Verhelst.

QNX3


07.09.12 - 21.09.12
Louis Vuitton - Dirk Braeckman - LV

The exposition, an artistic cooperation between Dirk Braeckman and Louis Vuitton in honor of the city Antwerp, shows photografic work as well as a film for which Dirk portrayed eight prominent personalities of Antwerp such as Luc Tuymans, Jan Fabre, AF Vandevorst.


27.06.12 - 30.09.12
Paysage du mental - Mindscapes at La Centrale électrique, Brussels
Curated by Carine Fol

As part of the summer of photography, La Centrale éléctrique is presenting the exhibition “Landscapes of the mind - Mindscapes” or how to make the invisible visible?

In several chapters, this exhibition provides a subjective and intuitive reading of the photographic depiction of the human being and the landscape.

Photographs of mediums, scenes of voodoo, evanescent bodies, x-ray images, materialisations, subjective landscapes, etc. are all exhibited as stages in a journey through the mystery of representation and perception.

With the works of : Dirk Braeckman, Jacques Charlier, Louis Darget, Carl De Keyser, Andreas Gursky, Viviane Joakim, Nicholas Leroy, David Lynch, Susanna Majuri, Ana Mendieta, Arno-Raphaël Minkinnen, Els Opsomer, Jorma Puranen, Pierre Radisic, Man Ray, Stephen Sack, Marc Trivier, Gaël Turine, Sarah Van Marcke, Bill Viola, Albert Von Schrenck-Notzing, Francesca Woodmann, etc.

La Centrale électrique


02.06.2012 - 29.07.2012
Sint-Jan at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent
Curated by Jan Hoet & Hans Martens

We all know Jan Hoet. This charismatic “Pope of Art” has become a living legend in the world of contemporary art, and far beyond its borders. For years he was Director at the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent. In that capacity, he inspired the two much-talked about exhibitions Chambres d’Amis (1986) and Over The Edges (2000). Today, he is the driving force behind Sint-Jan (Saint John), a contemporary art exhibition that aims to become an addition to TRACK. However, unlike TRACK with its various clusters, Sint-Jan will be held at a very specific location in the city.

Sint-Jan is the former name of the cathedral and is inspired by the “The Mystic Lamb / Ghent Alterpiece” by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck at the St Bavo’s Cathedral. The exhibition explores traces of religion and spirituality in contemporary art.
For many artists it is a true challenge to display their works in such meaningful surroundings. They forge a relationship with the physical and mental architecture of the cathedral and its heritage.

Another surprising fact: there is no budget, only generosity. The artists work for free. They are displaying works (some small or modest, others monumental) under the topic “spirituality and religion”. The works are displayed on the various altars and side chapels in the cathedral. Jan Hoet has truly managed to bring together an impressive line-up of influential artists for his Sint-Jan project. This exhibition is yet another reason to visit Ghent, and more particularly St Bavo’s Cathedral and its Mystic Lamb. Highly recommended!


15.03.2012 - 05.05.2012
Reasons for Walling a House at Valerie Traan gallery, Antwerp

15.03.2012 - 4 pm
Opening of the exhibition and launch of the book “reasons for walling a house” (Ruby Press)

Featuring a select group of creative people in a concept of the architects of 51N4E.
There will be works by Josse de Pauw, Dirk Braeckman, Enrique Marty, Chevalier-Masson, Andrea Branzi, Bel, Something Fantastic, Goele De Bruyn en 51N4E.

Valerie Traan gallery


25.02.2012 - 7.04.2012
Exhibition at Fotohof, Salzburg

24.02.2012 - 8.30 pm
Opening of the exhibition in the main hall
Martin Germann, Berlin, will speak about the exhibition

25.02.2012 - 11 am
Meet the artist/ book presentation
Dirk Braeckman in conversation with Jeffrey Ladd; discussion

Dirk Braeckman’s photographs depict inner worlds. Mostly they are interiors, inner vistas; sometimes human figures, often nudes, time and again as fragments. The images are immersed in a mysterious darkness, creating an intimate cosmos whose laws perhaps are also rooted in the tradition of Belgian Surrealism. In his images Braeckman condenses the rooms, which are often deserted yet furnished with armchairs, sofas and beds, into a gloomy atmosphere of vulnerable existential exposure. His world is charged with a latent erotic tension, also in images in which the human figure is absent. Braeckman is not interested in portraying specific locations or people; rather, he generates a concentrated detached image reality whose time and place references are merely alluded to as ciphers in his titles. He also makes images of images, revealing the syntax behind the technology of photographic processes: flashlight, over- and under-exposure, and interventions in the development process itself lead towards the unmistakable materiality of his images. “On the surface my images appear peaceful, when you look at them. (...) If you reduce everything, it comes up and hits you between the eyes. Sex, death, everything. I know, it sounds like a stultifying cliché, but you have to dare to admit that that’s what it’s about. (...)” D. B. 1998

Fotohof


13.01.2012 - 03.03.2012
Group Exhibition at Galerie Thomas Fisher curated by Martin Germann

Dirk Braeckman, Seiichi Furuya, Jacob Holdt,
Larry Sultan, Mette Tronvoll, Tobias Zielony

Photography has always been a medium of doubt. Where is the boundary between oneself and the other? Where does the border lie, where can it be reinforced, where can it be erased? The group exhibition "Private" features works that distance themselves from the familiar and embrace the unknown. Pictures of objective conquest, family therapy, brief intimacy and political or private mission are created on the street, at home and in the indeterminate locations in between. At times everything is revealed at once, at times almost nothing at all. (Pressrelease as PDF)

Fotografie ist ein Medium des Zweifels. Wo endet das Eigene und wo beginnt das Fremde? Wo liegt die Grenze, wie lässt sie sich verstärken oder verwischen? Die Gruppenausstellung "Private" präsentiert künstlerische Werke, die sich vom Vertrauten distanzieren oder ins Unbekannte investieren. Auf der Straße, im Zuhause und an undefinierten Orten dazwischen entstehen Bilder sachlicher Eroberung, familiärer Therapie, kurzfristiger Intimität, politischer oder privater Mission. Manchmal zeigt sich alles auf einmal, manchmal kaum etwas davon. (Pressetext als PDF)

Galerie Thomas Fisher


10.11.2011
Avant-Première Goudvis: Dirk Braeckman

Fotograaf Dirk Braeckman maakt zijn vaak zwart-witte beelden als een schilder. Niet wát hij fotografeert is belangrijk maar wel de manier waarop.
Voorstelling van de documentaire in het bijzijn van de kunstenaar en de makers om 20u. Duur: 52 minuten. De toegang is gratis, reserveren verplicht. Reservatie: stuur een mail naar Museum M / Canvas


28.10.2011 – 26.11.2011
Exhibition at Zeno X

Zeno X / Email


06.10.2011 – 08.01.2012
M presents older and new works of Dirk Braeckman

Image credit
Dirk Braeckman, “Alexia-11”, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

“Perhaps I want to create things that are elusive. And for me photography is the only way to do it. You've got an image in front if you: it's not simply formal, but you can't immediately describe it in any other way. At most you can say what's in it, but that's not what it's about. What I want, in fact, is to arrive at a point where there is nothing more but that image.” -Dirk Braeckman

One of Belgium's leading artists, Dirk Braeckman (Eeklo, °1958) has shown his work in various solo and group exhibitions in his home country and abroad. The exhibition at M comprises a selective overview of his extensive body of photographic works of the last 20 years, juxtaposed with new images, both still and moving. Special attention is paid to the rich textures and materials that endow his art with emphatic tactility and to the different media with which the artist experiments.
In each of his photographs, Dirk Braeckman builds a very subjective vision of reality in which objects, matter and representation are melted. Over the years, the disarming expressiveness of his early biographical (self-)portraits evolved into a more detached and intuitive approach of places filled with collective memories. Nowadays Braeckman captures dazzlingly pure images of anonymous sites, from which the physical presence of people is usually banned. The tonal warmth of the large, dark grey prints augments a gripping sense of enclosure, containment, and spatial vibrancy. The artist considers his pictures to be 'impersonal choices' which have imposed from space. He identifies them with a code which refers to the locations where the shots were taken. Presented as monumental prints, the works claim their share of exhibition space with emphasis.
Though Braeckman's pictures do not set out to tell a story, they suggest many. In that sense, his work is never definitive. It remains open beyond the moment, beyond the frame. At first glance, the depicted scenes are quite easily identifiable as everyday situations derived from Braeckman's personal environment. But this is not what these images are about. Braeckman is interested in the image itself. In a variety of ways his art tests the limits of the medium. To temper an all too direct link to the motif, the artist generally prefers black-and white photography and a photo paper that renders a tactile effect to the picture's surface. The presence of a blinding flash light in many of his photographs leads to the inevitable disruption of the illusionary character of the presentation. On other occasions the pixel structure of the pictures enhances the impression of two-dimensionality. Braeckman's deliberate use of blurring, extreme cutting and obscuring of the perspective make for an atmosphere of uncertainty and indeterminacy, sometimes even evolving into the realm of complete abstraction.


06.10.2011
Bookrelease

Dirk Braeckman
Roma Publications, 20011
384 pp, hardcover, 28,5 × 24,5 cm
Edition: 2500, € 55,-
ISBN 978-90-77459-67-6


Dirk Braeckman is one of Belgium’s leading artistic photographers. In each of his monumental photographic works, he creates an enclosed, isolated world that appears endless in its tactility, while at the same time gives short shrift to the illusions of the medium. These images do not aim to convey anything and yet they are suggestive of complete narratives.
Texts in Dutch and English by Martin German, and Dirk Lauwaert. Design: Kim Beirnaert
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05.10.2011 – 20:00
Invitation to the opening of the exhibition

In each of the monumental photographic works, Dirk Braeckman (Eeklo, °1958) creates an enclosed, isolated world that appears endless in its tactility, while at the same time giving short shrift to the illusions of the medium. These images do not aim to convey anything, yet they are suggestive of completenarratives. The exhibition in M presents a selective overview of his extensive work, placed into dialogue with a large number of new photographs.