Dr. Hugo Heyrman
Born in Zwijndrecht (Belgium), lives in Antwerp (Belgium).
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, the 'stage-name' of Hugo Heyrman, (born in Zwijndrecht, 1942), is a leading Belgian painter and new-media artist. He lives and works in Antwerp.
Artist Dr. Hugo Heyrman occupies a unique position in the world of art. When we survey his full 40-year career in art, we are confronted with an oeuvre continually marked by pioneering acts. To start with, during the 1960s he worked together with Panamarenko to introduce performance- and conceptual art and actions to the Belgian scene. Ahead of their time, they were trendsetting artistic projects - for instance, having an auto-free city center - within the framework of what was often an ecological critique.
Or again, at the beginning of the Seventies, when he led the way with video art. Some will associate his name with the first digital experiments in art-land, but perhaps are not aware that despite his involvement in these diverse media he still continues to describe himself as a painter. Even in his painter's palette, right from the outset we recognize that filmic zoom-mode that came to exercise such influence upon an entire generation of Flemish painters in the 1990s. And when today he enjoys worldwide fame both in the world of academia (with his acute analysis of synesthesia, for example) and in the booming alternative 'web-world' of young digital artists, none would necessarily suspect that omnipresent painter's intuition.
Starting from a lucid artistic thought process, he consistently plays with the potentialities of diverse media to repeatedly provide new stature to what is the essence of representation: the abstraction of each representation. The oeuvre of Dr. Hugo Heyrman makes a statement on the poetics of painting, on perceptual thought, and on the calling into question of the truth of images.
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Virtuele Werelden (Roy As...
Roy Ascott , Peter Beyls, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Virtuele Werelden (Roy Ascott - Peter Beyls - Hugo Heyrman) / Beeld Media & Technologie in de Kunst, 1994. Book, ink, paper, 42 x 29.6 cm, 15 p., language : Dutch, publishers : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
Happening in drie bedrijv...
Panamarenko, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Bernd Lohaus, Wout Vercammen, Jeroen Henneman, Happening in drie bedrijven, happening in the modern world, 1965. Happening.
IJsblokkenactie [Ice Bloc...
Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Panamarenko, IJsblokkenactie [Ice Block Action], 1968. Happening.
Nu Happening van een beze...
Panamarenko, Wout Vercammen, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Yoshio Nakajima, Nu Happening van een bezette stad III [Now Happening of an Occupied City III], 1965. Poster, blue ink, paper, 29 x 18.5 cm.
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Visite - Kunstenparcours ...
28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.
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Marcel Broodthaers: Solei...
04 October 2019 - 19 January 2020.
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Museum in Motion - Marcel...
16 September 2022 - 08 January 2023.
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After years of dismantling, conversion and refitting, the public is able to see the extraordinary contents and architecture of this historica
“I always want a poster to have a special impact, an impact that goes far beyond the purely informational aspect. I use the poster to show b
Poëtic Objects: 1965 - 1968 In the second half of the 1960s, Panamarenko built a series of poetic objects, often inspired by memories of hi