Michaël De Clercq

1981 · Belgium

Artist biography

Michaël De Clercq is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Quentin de Briey, Jef Geys, David Evrard, Johan Gelper , and Aurélie Gravas. Michaël De Clercq was born in 1981.


Michaël De Clercq's work are at the moment exhibiting at at Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels with the exhibition Of Course I Still Love You (06 March 2020 - 02 April 2020). Michaël De Clercq's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; My eyes got diverted again (12 April 2019 - 10 May 2019) at Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels and The Human Condition (07 September 2018 - 06 October 2018) at Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels.

Historical Context of Belgium

During the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a key role in Surrealism, particularly through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the twentieth century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a key artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Michaël De Clercq

Michaël De Clercq was born in 1981 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. A collective 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 diverse 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 well known 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 outlook that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, 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 important artists who worked to this outline.

Michaël De Clercq

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