Thierry De Cordier
Born in Oudenaarde (BE), lives in Ostend (BE), based in Moscow (RU), born in Moscow (RU).
Thierry De Cordier (b. 1954) creates depth in his paintings through the use of dark tones. Yet also as a sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, writer and maker of installations his tone remains bleak. To counteract the hopelessness of existence, he creates references in his work to literary contexts – through ironic titles and handwritten captions – telling of a nostalgic desire for peace, simplicity and beauty. In his texts he reflects on his distrust in today's society and the inability to escape progress. Philosophically speaking, the essence of his oeuvre is deeply rooted in the earth, although it is in spirit somehow detached from it, lost as it were, in a romantic, literary cloud.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
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Écrits, ou les petites pe...
Thierry De Cordier, Écrits, ou les petites pensées d'un philosophe auto-didacte [Writings, or the Small Thoughts of a Self-Taught Philosopher], 1991. Book, 25.5 x 14.5 cm.
Thierry De Cordier, Hoofdbreker [Head-Breaker], 1988. Sculpture, wood, paint, 42 x 33 x 73 cm.
Thierry De Cordier, MER GROSSE, 2011. Painting, oil paint on paper mounted on panel, 163 x 150,5 cm.
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The Eightees – A Decade o...
17 June 2016 - 18 September 2016.
The Eighties – A Decade of Extremes presents a nuanced picture of the eighties with all its contrasts, cheerful and playful, but also hard an
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
01 July 2017 - 03 September 2017.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
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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
BEYOND KNOWLEDGE This theme came about when investigating the work of Thierry De Cordier, Nicos Baikas and Ivan Kožarić. Mysticism is