1935 - 2003
Born in Mechelen (BE), died in Antwerp (BE).
Guy Mees (1935-2003) emerges as a painter in Antwerp in the late fifties, when post-war avant-garde art from the US was just beginning to find its way to Belgium. His first mature works are a series of black charcoal paintings doubling as reliefs.
Between 1960–1967 Mees produces an extensive body of work using industrially manufactured lace and neon lights in different flat and three-dimensional constellations. These are all titled Verloren Ruimte (‘Lost Space’). Around 1970 Mees experiments with performance and super 8 film. In the seventies, eighties and nineties Mees mostly works on, or with, paper. In 1983 he begins to use his former title again: he sees his site-specific variations with coloured paper as another kind of ‘lost spaces’.
Mees' work is systematic, but the system is created in the work itself. With the exception of a short text in Flash Art in 1973, he never comments on or explains his work, probably because he considers spoken and written words as too definitive for what he intends for his artistic praxis. The accuracy of the oeuvre – intertwining elements of painting, sculpture and performance, which emphasise the importance of colour, texture and space experience – is altogether different from a merely adequate verbal ‘definition’.
Towards the end of his life Mees loosens his strict approach to abstraction, which had given him sufficient variation and freedom till then, and begins experimenting with descriptive, figurative elements.
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GA - Tijdschrift van de G...
Robert Flaherty , Guy Mees, Wilfried Huet, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, Jrg.9, nr.2, 1 maart 1990, 1990. Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 2 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
Zonder titel (Trap) [Unti...
Guy Mees, Zonder titel (Trap) [Untitled (Stairs)], 1970. Film, 16mm film, 00:01:00.
Nieuwe Vlaamse School
Guy Vandenbranden, Englebert Van Anderlecht, Guy Mees, Nic Klerks, Jef Kersting, Vic Gentils, Jan Dries, Herman Denkens, Mark Claus, Bert De Leeuw, VECU, Nic van Bruggen, Jef Verheyen, Nieuwe Vlaamse School, 1961. Poster, ink on paper, 2 sides.
Verloren ruimte [Lost spa...
Guy Mees, Verloren ruimte [Lost space], 1991. Collage, wood, paper, 190 x 92 cm.
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Guy Mees – Video and movies
02 March 2002 - 12 May 2002.
The work of Guy Mees (°1935, Mechelen) is positioned between the poles of painting, sculpture and installation. At the end of the Sixties and
Narcisse Tordoir – The Pi...
13 March 2014 - 25 May 2014.
In the exhibition The Pink Spy, artist Narcisse Tordoir (°1954, Mechelen) tells stories in an intuitive and associative way about the existen
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
De M HKA - Collectie [The...
“Works in the M HKA collection are often large and have a presence without being especially tangible.” – Narcisse Tordoir For the third sect