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Bart Ramakers

Biographie

 

Bart Ramakers (1963) a grandi en Belgique, sur les rives de la Meuse, dans l'ombre des frères Van Eyck. Il travaille près de Bruxelles (Belgique). Dès l'enfance, il a dessiné, gravé et peint, inspiré par les maîtres flamands, par des récits historiques, de la musique et de l'opéra baroque et romantique. Ses tableaux photographiques s'inspirent de mythes classiques, des légendes et des histoires. Ils racontent (dans une perspective contemporaine) de la beauté et de la puissance, de la passion et de la trahison, de la sensualité et de la brutalité, la vie et la mort, souvent avec une touche ironique, sarcastique ou humoristique. Les rapports hommes / femmes sont souvent inversés, et la morale chrétienne de la souffrance et de la rédemption est remplacé par un amour optimiste et généreux. Son oeuvre (parfois joyeusement anachronique) est plein de références à l'histoire de l'art, le cinéma et la littérature.

 

Biography

 

Bart Ramakers (1963) grew up in Belgium, at the banks of the river Meuse, in the shadow of the Van Eyck brothers, and works near Brussels (Belgium). From childhood he drew, etched and painted, inspired by the Flemish Masters, by historical stories, baroque and romantic music and opera. His photographic tableaux usually descend from classical myths, legends and stories. They tell (from a contemporary perspective) myths of beauty and power, passion and betrayal, sensuality and brutality, life and death, often with a slightly ironic, sarcastic or humorous touch. The male / female relationships are often reversed, and Christian morality of suffering and redemption is replaced by enjoying an optimistic and generous love. Not suffering will save the world, but love, according to his version of the Last Supper (Agnus Dei, 2014). In his (sometimes cheerfully anachronistic) works references to art history, film and literature rave rampant.

solo exhibition

 

2014

Hôtel Le Berger in collaboration with Galerie Émilie Dujat and Neo Retro Agency / "Strangers in the Night" - Brussels, BE

 

Duo-exhibition with Dany Tulkens, CC De Markthallen / "The Naked Truth"- Herk-de-Stad, BE

Gallery 3000 Knokke (with Dany Tulkens, Philippe De Smedt and Haute Cuisine) - Knokke, BE

De Notelaer / "De Apotheose van Flore" - Hingene (Bornem), BE

Galerie Émilie Dujat / "Amor Aeternus" - Brussels, BE

B•Art, Flanders Expo, Art Gent (with Dany Tulkens) - Gent BE

Fotofever, Tour & Taxis / Galerie Emilie Dujat - Brussels, BE

 

 

International group exhibition

 

2015

"One big Family", "Such stuff as dreams are made on" on display (with Hans Op de Beeck, Koen Vanmechelen, Wim Delvoye, Delphine Boel, Fred Bervoets, Dany Tulkens, Bart Ramakers ...), Landcommanderie - Alden-Biesen, BE

 

"Sweet 18", first presentation of 3-screen video "Minuet in C minor" - with also works by Erwin Olaf, Cindy Sherman, Wim Delvoye, Philippe Starck, Walter Van Beirendonck. Kasteel d'Ursel - Hingene, BE

 

"Trouble in Paradise", retrospective solo exhibition 2009-2015 topped with a fine selection of new works. Hoste Art Residence - Brugge, BE

 

"Stupid Cupid", solo exhibition with mythologically inspired pictures. This is a constantly evolving exhibition, as new works will regularly be added, taken in the Hof ter Linden itself during this exhibition. Hof ter Linden - Edegem, BE

 

Art Monaco, MC

 

 

Group exhibition

 

2015

Galerie Hubert Konrad /  "Contemporary Photography" (with Bart Ramakers, Frederic Fontenoy, Anthoy Mirial, Claude Alexandre, Jean Pierre Leloir) - Paris (FR

 

2014

Leopold 22 Gallery (with Haute Cuisine and Dany Tulkens) - Antwerp, BE

Kasteel Le Paige /  "SubLUMINAL" (with Peter Snijder, Filip Sterckx, Eline 't Sant, ...) - Herentals, BE

 

Fotofever Paris / Galerie Emilie Dujat, Carrousel du Louvre (with Frédéric Fontenoy and Stéphane Gizard) - Paris FR

Gemluc Art, Auditorium Rainier III - Monaco,  MC

 

2013

Galerie Émilie Dujat / "Pleine Lune" - Brussel, BE

Batenborch / "Abyssinia: Mind the Gap" - Peutie, BE

Galérie Emilie Dujat / "Nus au soleil" - Brussels, BE

Tres / "Tres Rouge" - Leuven, BE

Rood Huys / "'t Rood Huys nodigt uit: Bart Ramakers" - Leuven, BE

Galérie Émilie Dujat / "L'Homme" - Brussels, BE

 

2012

Sint-Michielskerk / "Trinities" - Leuven, BE

 

2011

Lovenjoel / "Kasteel de Spoelberch" with Dany Tulkens - BE

"Passions" (exposition with Alain Poncelet): Leuven, BE

 

2009

"Weg van Woorden" - Leuven, BE

 

Bibliographie

 

"Trouble in Paradise", 120 pages with recent work, introduction by Johan Van Cauwenberge (art reporter radio Klara), hardcover, 50 euro. To be published August 9, 2015.

20 pages reportage in "Normal Magazine n°5": more news on where to get and how to order on http://www.normal-magazine.com

2015 calendar with 8 pictures from "Strangers in the Night", by Masterprinters Lamine, a gem 42 x 60 cm big.

Bart Ramakers, In illo tempore, De Cavalerie, 2013. 21 x 29,7 cm, 96 p.

Jan Flamend & Bart Ramakers, Weg van Woorden, De Cavalerie, 2009. 22 x 28,5 cm, 164p. (only a few copies left)

Bart Ramakers, Caught in a tale, De Cavalerie, 2011. 20,5 x 25,5 cm, 80 p. (out of print)

 

 

 

 

Design : Pollen design 2015