1940 - 2010
Died in Antwerpen (BE), born in Düsseldorf (DE).
Bernd Lohaus was born in Düsseldorf in 1940; in his twenties, he enrolled at the highly regarded local art academy when Joseph Beuys was a professor there. Lohaus’ career in art only really took off, however, when he moved to Antwerp, where he quickly established himself as a key player in the city’s burgeoning avant-garde art scene, more specifically in the now legendary Wide White Space. In 1995, Lohaus’ work was the subject of an ambitious survey show at M HKA – the collection of which now holds two pieces by the artist: "Während/DU/als Gegenüber Oder/zwischen dem/ICH" and "Grote Sculptuur" ("Big sculpture"), both dating from the mid-eighties, highlight the artist’s signature preoccupation with the frontiers of language and the (im)possibility of communication, using his signature materials of wood and chalked words. More recently, M HKA has also exhibited a ‘historical’ work associated with the Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation: dating from 1979, "Raum" – first shown at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels – consists of a space simultaneously created and contained using long strips of brown paper tape. Against the walls of the space behind these flimsy yet no less forbidding bars, clearly visible but well out of the visitor’s curious reach, three drawings represent three words, the basic tenets of Lohaus’ austere, philosophically-minded practice: "nicht" (not), "nur" (only) and "nein" (no).
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Bernd Lohaus, Bernd Lohaus, 1981. Book, ink, paper, 29.6 x 20.9 cm, language : Dutch, French, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
Bernd Lohaus, Ohne Titel. Painting, oxblood, pigment and egg yolk on canvas , 300 x 200 cm per canvas.
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Bernd Lohaus – Fremdkörpe...
23 April 2015 - 31 May 2015.
Bernd Lohaus (°1940 - †2010) was one of the key figures from the internationally-oriented avant-garde of the 60s that paved the way for a ric
THE GAP – Abstract Art fr...
30 January 2016 - 29 May 2016.
Focusing on the notion of abstraction in twentieth-century and contemporary Belgian art and the varying sources of influence and inspiration
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Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
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
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