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Valérie Mannaerts

°1974, Brussels (BE) – lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Valérie Mannaerts extends the idea of a collage to paintings and spatial objects. She doesn't just present different images together but also combines ideas and objects - using different materials, such as bronze, ceramics, paint, paper-mâché, and textiles.

Mannaerts pays particular attention to the homely, the decorative, and crafts. Her works explore the boundary between image and object, in a way that reminds us of surrealism from the last century. Surrealist artists made sculptures by presenting everyday objects, joined together in new ways. According to the surrealist thinker André Breton, these works of art had the power to appeal to our subconscious.

Recent solo exhibitions include BOZAR, Brussels; Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens; de Appel, Amsterdam and Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp. She participated in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Münster; CAC, Vilnius; Kiosk, Ghent; Wiels, Brussels; MUHKA, Antwerp; and RedCat Gallery, Los Angeles.

In 2003 Valérie Mannaerts - together with Sylvie Eyberg - represented Belgium at the 50th Venice Biennale.

Valérie Mannaerts is represented by the following gallery;
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Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens / Brussels 

works by Valérie Mannaerts