Koen van den Broek

1973 · Belgium

Artist biography

Koen van den Broek is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Anouk De Clercq, Eric Croes, Koren Van Synghel, Ruptz, and Helmut Stallaerts. Koen van den Broek was born in 1973.

About Koen van den Broek's work

Koen van den Broek is best known for creating abstract work. Abstraction, in literal terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which distances itself from a true representational reference point. The movement first came to be in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new idea of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Koen van den Broek is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels, Belgium and Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany. Koen van den Broek's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels (06 November 2019 until 17 January 2020) with the exhibition Keep it together. Koen van den Broek's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Di fuochi e accesi sensi: painting - group exhibition (04 September 2019 - 18 October 2019) at Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels and Nieuw Amsterdams Peil - Despise the solid burgher, but deep drink of his flagon (23 June 2018 - 28 July 2018) at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam. Koen van den Broek's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Nieuw Amsterdams Peil - Despise the solid burgher, but deep drink of his flagon and took place at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 23 June 2018 to 28 July 2018.

Koen van den Broek has ten works for sale currently available on Artland.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant 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. Greatly 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 end of the 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 Koen van den Broek

Koen van den Broek was born in 1973 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

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