Nils Verkaeren

1980 · Belgium

Artist biography

Nils Verkaeren is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Olivier Verhellen, Aurélie Gravas, André Franquin, Denicolai & Provoost, and Thierry De Cordier. Nils Verkaeren was born in 1980.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nils Verkaeren's work is available for viewing at Kusseneers Gallery located in Brussels, Belgium. Nils Verkaeren's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Retracing Steps at Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 24 January 2020 until 21 February 2020. Nils Verkaeren's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels (21 November 2018 - 22 December 2018) with the name Splendid Isolation and Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels (21 April 2017 - 23 April 2017) with the name Art Brussels 2017.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a vibrant artistic centre since the later years of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to major influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important centre 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 Nils Verkaeren

Nils Verkaeren was born in 1980 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Nils Verkaeren

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