AMVK: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven

9 November 2018–24 February 2019

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Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Zwevend (Floating), 1999. Mixed techniques on pvc with magnetic back, 50 x 38.5 cm.

AMVK - The Flemish artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven uses her initials strategically like the name of a global corporate brand. She deliberately chooses the distanced anonymity for her work, which has been significantly fueled by the cultural inventions of the underground in the 40 years since its creation. Graffiti-like drawings are just as much a part of her work as shrill music and eccentric performance. Against the growth of technological progress and artificial intelligence, she contrasts the timelessness of human sensations. Starting point of the work of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven is and remains the human brain with its analytical as well as irrational possibilities of perception and cognition. All in all culminates in the cult of trash, in a wild feast of the mystic.

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven's work consists of a large collection of works, drawings, paintings and (video) installations. To this day, AMVK plays a significant role in the creative scene of Antwerp, which has since been revalued internationally. The current exhibition in Kassel now concludes an exhibition tour, which AMVK conducted by several German and Belgian art institutions, each presentation unfolds and unfolds its own visual life. The curator Anders Kreuger, who is well-versed in her work, designed the exhibition at the Fridericianum as the final chord of a trilogy: "While her exhibitions in Hanover and Mönchengladbach formulated a kind of thesis, the artist used her intellectual biography makes comprehensible, followed the later station in Antwerp entirely to the visual flow. In Kassel, as a conclusion, as a kind of synthesis of this Hegelian imaginary dialectic, a spatial narrative is added that conveys and brings together both aspects. "

(Photo: Peter Cox. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerpen.)

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