Walter Van Beirendonck

1957 · Belgium

Artist biography

Walter Van Beirendonck is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium. Walter Van Beirendonck was born in 1957. Born in the same country and around the same year are Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Walter Van Beirendonck is represented and exhibited by Polaris Galerie located in Paris, France. Walter Van Beirendonck's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Time is Now at Polaris Galerie in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 07 March 2020 until 14 March 2020. Walter Van Beirendonck's only other exhibition is W:A.R. = Walter About Rights, which took place at Polaris Galerie in Paris, France (20 January 2020 - 21 February 2020).

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic centre since the later years of the 19th century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late 19th century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant 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 Walter Van Beirendonck

Walter Van Beirendonck was born in 1957 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained worldwide success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.

Walter Van Beirendonck