Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx

1989 · Belgium

Artist biography

Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx is considered to be an emerging artist, who was born in Belgium - other established artists such as Reinhoud, Georges Meurant, Unknown Artist, Annachiara Margapoti, and Alexis Gautier were also born in Belgium. Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx was born in 1989.

Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx' Gallery representation

Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx is represented by Komplot in Brussels, Belgium.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and inventive artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly 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. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major 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 hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.

Further Biographical Context for Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx

Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx was born in 1989 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1990s. A group 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 varied group of practitioners. A number 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 known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the high 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 making 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 key artists who worked to this agenda.

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