Chantal Akerman

1950 · Belgium

Artist biography

Chantal Akerman is an established artist, who was born in Belgium. Chantal Akerman was born in 1950. Also born in Belgium around 1950 and of the same generation are Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Chantal Akerman's work is available on display in 4 galleries around the globe, such as in Spain, France, and Switzerland. Galleries include Marian Goodman Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Marian Goodman Gallery | Paris in France, as well as Galería Elba Benitez in Spain. Chantal Akerman is exhibited at the exhibition, Group exhibition at Jan Mot in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 11 April 2020. Chantal Akerman's work has also been exhibited during the SWINGERS 8th FLOOR exhibition at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York, the United States (25 October 2018 - 16 December 2018).

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 inventive artistic hub in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial 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. 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 age 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 Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman was born in 1950 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, bearing witness to great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinctive approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Chantal Akerman

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