Ada Van Hoorebeke

1982 · Belgium

Artist biography

Ada Van Hoorebeke is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Sébastien Delire, Elke Andreas Boon, Stéphane Halleux, Kristien Daem, and Joelle Dubois. Ada Van Hoorebeke was born in 1982.


Ada Van Hoorebeke's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Hermit Crab & The Gastropod at Tatjana Pieters in Ghent, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 09 October 2019 until 12 October 2019. Ada Van Hoorebeke's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Private Fountains - Public Baths (26 October 2018 - 01 December 2018) at Komplot in Brussels and Goods & Services (30 August 2019 - 26 September 2019) at Kinderhook & Caracas in Berlin.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as an exciting and innovative artistic hub in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, primarily through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.

Further Biographical Context for Ada Van Hoorebeke

Born in 1982, Ada Van Hoorebeke's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

Ada Van Hoorebeke

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