Dirk Braeckman

1958 · Belgium

Artist biography

Dirk Braeckman is an established contemporary artist, who was born in Belgium. Dirk Braeckman was born in 1958. Also born in Belgium around 1958 and of the same generation are Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Dirk Braeckman's work, including galleries in countries such as the United States, Denmark, and Germany. Galleries include Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Galerie Pi in Copenhagen, and ROSEGALLERY in Los Angeles. Dirk Braeckman's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition body and landscape at Sadie Coles HQ | Kingly Street in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 18 September 2019 until 01 November 2019. Dirk Braeckman's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp (17 September 2019 - 18 October 2019) with the name Dear deer and Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp (23 January 2019 - 23 February 2019) with the name GROUP SHOW. Dirk Braeckman's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Carpet Protection Reorder and took place at Galerie Thomas Fischer in Berlin, Germany from the 02 December 2017 to 27 January 2018.

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 innovative artistic hub in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding 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 major artistic trend, early predecessor 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 hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Dirk Braeckman

Born in 1958, Dirk Braeckman was primarily inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining worldwide recognition.

Dirk Braeckman