Philippe Van Snick
1946 - 2019
Died in Brussels (BE), born in Ghent (BE).
Philippe Van Snick (1946 - 2019) makes work that is characterised by an extremely simple visual language, akin to minimalism, and the repeated use of the same colours: sometimes only using blue and black, the colours of day and night. Since 1980 Van Snick has been using his ten colours systematically: the primary colours red, yellow and blue, the secondary colours orange, green and purple, the non-colours white and black (representing the immaterial) and gold and silver (referring to materialism and material wealth, but following the occult tradition of Alchemy, as ‘inert’ or ‘pure’ metals. In addition, they proverbially signify ‘silence’ and ‘speech’. For Van Snick, colours have both mental and physical meaning.
Van Snick’s works are closely related to the notion of space and the physical experience of the viewer in a room. Van Snick uses a simple and clearly defined visual vocabulary consisting of conceptual photography, mathematics, fragile sculptures and his own palette of ten colours. With these and other decimal systems, he creates abstract worlds that are governed by bipolar fundamental forces. This bipolarity – the contrast between light and dark, colour and its absence, and smooth versus rough surface – is an important aspect in Van Snick’s entire oeuvre.
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Zonder titel [Untitled]
Philippe Van Snick, Zonder titel [Untitled], 2017. Painting, canvas, acryl, vinyl, 104 x 115 cm.
Pans de Sensation
Philippe Van Snick, Pans de Sensation, 2005-2007. Print, ink, paper, 25 x (59.5 x 41.5 cm).
10 dagen - 10 nachten
Philippe Van Snick, 10 dagen - 10 nachten, 1985. Poster, vinyl, canvas, cardboard, 20 x (24 x 18 cm).
(0-9) Kleuren en Cijferco...
Philippe Van Snick, (0-9) Kleuren en Cijfercode [Colours and Numerical Code], 1983. Installation, pigment, multiplex, 10 x (100 x 120 cm).
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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
Ping Pong – Philippe Van ...
16 September 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Using the 1972 work Ping Pong and its subsequent donation by the artist to the M HKA as starting point for this exhibition, Belgian artist Ph
James Lee Byars: The Perf...
05 October 2018 - 20 January 2019.
The nomadic performance and installation artist James Lee Byars (Detroit 1932 - Cairo 1997) challenged the post-war art world with a poetic a
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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
SPIRITUAL FORM The idea of Spiritual Form emerged from discussing the work of Philippe Van Snick, Stephen Antonakos and Jame
SPIRITUALITEIT | SPIRITUA...
Dymphna is interwoven with Christianity, from her secret baptism by her confessor and confidant Gerebernus, to the care for the poor and need