Theun Govers

1976 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Theun Govers is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other well-known artists such as Charlotte Schleiffert, Marius Bauer, Emiliano Aversa, Fault Lines, and Hans Wilschut. Theun Govers was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Theun Govers' work. These are Jochen Hempel Gallery | Berlin and Jochen Hempel Gallery in Germany. Theun Govers' work has most recently been exhibited at Jochen Hempel Gallery in Leipzig (17 May 2019 until 14 June 2019) with the exhibition Group exhibition.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a reputable heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its place as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were among the most well-known in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such luminaries as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States at a young age and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist sphere of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Theun Govers

Theun Govers was born in 1976, grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. A group 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 varied collective 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 renowned 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 famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, 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 key 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 idea.

Theun Govers

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