De Zwarte Panter

In 1988, Marc Kennes (Wilrijk, 1962) first exhibited at gallery De Zwarte Panter, marking the start of an ongoing cooperation. Within the new figurative genre of painting, Kennes recognizable style is self-defining. His current exhibition ‘The Hidden Truth’ is a pictorial reflection on a personal interpretation of three departing points: Ovidius’ Metamorfosen, French philosopher George Bataille's concepts on Eros and Thanatos, and the introspective qualities of landscape.

From its onset in 1968, De Zwarte Panter and Roger Van Akelyen (Antwerp, 1948) have worked together intensively. In the following decades, Van Akelyen has build up a personal body of work, introducing surreal elements in evocations of human needs and deficits, but equally of happiness. The current exhibition ‘Resumé’ displays a concise survey of his work as master-graphic artist, a draftsman, and a three-dimensional artist, including wonderful, sometimes hand colored, etchings, beautiful pastels, and surprising dioramas.