Born in Ghent (), lives in Ghent ().
Leo Copers has built up a varied oeuvre of sculptural work, installations and performances since the late sixties. The starting point is an everyday object, which he changes, isolates or expands so that it will become both poetic and dramatic, speaking of danger, destruction and mortality. Copers’s work is composed with a measure of both irony and strategicic thinking. The use objects are selected on the basis of the specific expectations they create in the viewer. But this expectation is immediately undermined by means of some minimal adjustment to the context. The materials chosen may well inspire caution, but at the same time they create an alienating and romantic image. The aestheticisation of violence is a recurring element in Copers’s oeuvre. He plays on the margins between material things, harsh reality and the disturbing power of an immoral dream world, using weapons as a metaphor, as his mental clenched fist. He uses things not normally available to the artist. It is, for instance, forbidden for ordinary citizens to carry a weapon. At first sight Copers’s work often appears highly accessible and attractive, even beautiful. But this is always followed by a moment of amazement. Things are never what they at first seem, or at least not entirely. There is a hint of real danger and mystery. In addition, there is always tension between the elements used. The artist is interested in such natural forces as water, light and fire, and strives to pitch them against each other.
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Onzichtbare kogel. Kogel ...
Leo Copers, Onzichtbare kogel. Kogel in kristal. Kogel in bergkristal [Invisible Bullet. Bullet in Crystal. Bullet in Mountain Crystal], 1980. Sculpture.
Leo Copers, Leo Copers, 1980. Book, ink, paper, 29.7 x 20.9 cm, 23 p., language : Dutch, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
GA - Tijdschrift van de G...
Koen Theys, Frank Theys, Leo Copers, Wilfried Huet, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, Jrg.7, nr.2, maart 1988, 1988. Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 2 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
Gouden strop en stoel [Go...
Leo Copers, Gouden strop en stoel [Golden Noose and Chair], 1979. Sculpture, rope, velvet, gilding, 40 x 89 x 206 cm.
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The collection XXVIII – I...
17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.
In the summer of 2011, the M HKA invited British artist Emily Wardill (°1977, Rugby) to make a selection of works from the collection, and to
Dear ICC – Aspects of con...
18 December 2004 - 27 February 2005.
During the seventies and the early eighties, the ICC was an intermediary between a progressive art praxis and the ill-at-ease public, as well
15 October 2011 - 25 November 2011.
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The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
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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
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public