Johan Grimonprez

1962 · Belgium

Artist biography

Johan Grimonprez is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other well-known artists such as Kristien Daem, Spit, Jonathan Sullam, Caroline Van Den Eynden, and Hermien Cassiers. Johan Grimonprez was born in 1962.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Johan Grimonprez' work. These are Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the United States. Johan Grimonprez most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at ltd los angeles in the United States (09 June 2017 until 08 July 2017) with the exhibition Every Day Words Disappear.

Johan Grimonprez in private collections

On Artland Johan Grimonprez' works can be found in the following collection: Olivier Verhellen which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Bruno Augsburger, Mar Hernández, and Ali Hasanov.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as an exciting and innovative artistic centre 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 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 founders.

Further Biographical Context for Johan Grimonprez

Born in 1962, Johan Grimonprez' creative work was largely inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Johan Grimonprez

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