The Kunstverein Hannover has developed a solo exhibition devoted to the Belgian artist Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven (*1951). During her studies in Graphic Design, van Kerckhoven explored a diverse range of philosophical and scientific theories. Today she is a professor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Her early interest in artificial intelligence and the constant shift between analogue and digital media in her works has made her an internationally recognised expert in the field. Van Kerkhoven’s work is biographically rooted in the counter-culture of punk, feminism and the anti-academicism typical of her generation. Her works are characterised by an interweave of motifs and abstraction, of references to underground art and high culture. The complex themes in her works correspond to her preferred techniques of collage and sampling – with sketches, texts, illustrations, and even cinematic and musical pieces. She discovered the computer as a drawing tool at an early stage which has made her working method especially influential among today’s younger generation of artists. The exhibition has been accompanied by discussions, lectures, workshops and a film programme. It mainly comprised van Kerckhoven’s experimental pieces, presented in the exhibition rooms in displays, designed especially for this purpose by the artist. The exhibition was a joint project with the Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach) and the MHKA (Antwerpen).
Artist: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE)