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Koen van den Broek

°1973, Bree (BE) – lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

Koen van den Broek is one of Belgium’s leading painters. The work bears strong affinities to European painting, while at the same time it inhabits the landscape of America's open spaces and the language of American abstraction. He examines our experience of landscape, from close-up views of curbs and cracks in the urban scenery to huge breadths of countryside, which results in a geometrical structure of lines and colours. In this way, this subtle balance between form and colour, figuration and abstraction, strongly underlines the two-dimensionality of the painted surfaces.

Photographed snapshots of the everyday landscape, which Van den Broeck took during countless road trips, provide a sec and functional base for his artistic oeuvre. These emotionless images merely serve as a reminder and they register the lines, structures and curbs in the observed scenery. Van den Broek seems to be particular interested in the part of society whereto no one pays attention. As such, he frames the subject in a way that it becomes trivial or banal.

Koen van den Broek has exhibited widely, including solo shows at White Cube, London; S.M.A.K., Ghent; KMSKA, Antwerp; Bonnenfanten Museum, Maastricht; Museo Alta, Garda; and THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT (collaboration with John Baldessari), Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels.

His work was also featured in several group exhibitions, including The Importance of Being, Contemporary art from Belgium in Latin-America at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires & at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade, São Paulo; Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London in 2015; Royal Academy, London; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Palazzo Fortuny in Venice; S.M.A.K., Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp; CAC, Vilnius; and Marta, Herford.

Van den Broek’s work is present in several international public collections, including Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo
; LACMA, Los Angeles; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; SMAK, Ghent; and M HKA, Antwerpen.

Koen van den Broek is represented by the following galleries;
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Gallery Baton, Seoul

Marlborough Contemporary, London

Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

Albertz Benda, New York

Philipp von Rosen Galerie, Cologne

You can view more work on Koen van den Broek’s own website.

works by Koen van den Broek