Walter Swennen

1946 · Belgium

Artist biography

Walter Swennen is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Belgium, like other prominent artists such as Katleen Vinck , Nel Aerts, Franz Verhas, Clémence Van Lunen, and Jean Schwind. Walter Swennen was born in 1946.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Walter Swennen is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries such as Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. Galleries exhibiting Walter Swennen's work include Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder in Vienna, as well as Galerie Xavier Hufkens and Gladstone Gallery in Brussels. Walter Swennen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Bureau des Réalités in Brussels with the exhibition Pelamide. The exhibition was open from 21 June 2017 until 13 July 2017. Walter Swennen's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels (28 February 2019 - 12 April 2019) with the name Un Cœur Pur and Galerie Bob van Orsouw in Zurich (27 March 2015 - 08 May 2015) with the name Current Current. Walter Swennen's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Current Current and took place at Galerie Bob van Orsouw in Zurich, Switzerland from the 27 March 2015 to 08 May 2015.

Walter Swennen in private collections

On Artland Walter Swennen's works can be found in the following collections: Wellsyke, who for instance also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Petros Chrisostomou, John Hinde and Greg Bogin; and Olivier Verhellen, who likewise has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Paul McCarthy, Peter Van Ammel and Manor Grunewald.

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 affirmed itself as an exciting and inventive artistic centre in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly 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 prominent artistic trend, early precursor 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 hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its creators.

Further Biographical Context for Walter Swennen

Walter Swennen was born in 1946 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging parallel to each other. On one hand, Pop espoused the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, taking things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their main visual inspiration. A parallel movement was established on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The main figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a powerful offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Walter Swennen

  • Artworks in Collections 9
  • Exhibitions 4

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