Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

During the Antwerp Art Weekend, the Academy organises a short but powerful tribute to the German artist Joseph Beuys, who would have turned 100 years old on 12 May 2021.
The central focus is on Beuys' role as an artist-pedagogue and ecological activist; positions that make him extremely relevant today.

In collaboration with Het Bos and Coppejans Gallery.

13-16 May (opening hours AAW) – EXHIBITION ‘Beuys in Print '68-'86’
Saturday 15 May (17:00-20:00) – DISCUSSION EVENING with Louwrien Wijers, Egon Hanfstingl, Anny De Decker, Nico Dockx, Els Dietvorst, Bart Van Dijck and Johan Pas, among others

This solo presentation is a first step in Pieter Huybrechts’ research project ‘Photo/Space’ at the Academy, in which he challenges the conventional exhibition logic of photographic images by exploring new possibilities.
Exhibiting is not understood as the final step in making images public, but is seen as a new beginning, a moment of creative destruction in which the already existing image is shown in a challenging new form.

Artists and scientists share a visionary impulse, the ability to think outside the box and to invent new models that go beyond what we already know. After the book ‘OVERLAP: the No Man's Land between Art & Science’, the Young Academy presents an exhibition which brings a selection of 14 artists from the book and the Young Academy into dialogue with 14 scientific objects from the museum collections of the UGent (GUM) and the KU Leuven.

Three years after ‘Naughty Kids. Punk in Antwerp’ (2018), the Academy and Track Report present a book that documents this remarkable exhibition. Through installation shots of the exhibited photographs, printed matter, works of art, music, clothing, punk paraphernalia and living witnesses, the publication brings the impact of punk, post-punk, New Wave and neopunk in Antwerp into the picture.

During the event, the documentary film ‘Anarchy & Attitude. Punk in Antwerp 1980-1990’ (2018) by Christine Clinckx will be screened permanently. For this film Clinckx, once a member of the Antwerp Punk community herself, interviewed punk musicians, artists, designers and other rebels about their anarchist years in Antwerp.

Written in a time of European disaster, Paul Van Ostaijen (1896-1928), published `Occupied City’, a collection of poems that seized the zeitgeist of Antwerp during the World War I occupation. With outspoken typography, a montage of ballsy, graphical and playful pits of observation and thought, Van Ostaijen rendered an avant-garde manuscript with a punchy, political undertone.
100 Years later, the BA3 Photography students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts revisit this iconic work and occupy the windows of Sint-Jorispoort. Students visually interpret various themes found within the pages, such as: destroyed architecture, memory and resistance, mental health and loss.

In the context of ‘Van Ostaijen Leeft’ and in collaboration with Het Letterenhuis.

Initially the Academy Garden was designed in 1841 as an open air museum for the city of Antwerp, a true predecessor of the Middelheim Museum to be redeveloped in 1905 by architect Emiel Van Averbeke.
In the spring of 2021, the Academy Garden will be reactivated as an exhibition space. Students proposed artworks that dare to enter into a dialogue with this special environment

Curated by artists and Academy lecturers Vaast Colson and Leon Vranken.

Students of the Academy join hearts, hands and minds to facilitate collective projects trough student initiation.