Philippe Van Snick
1946 - 2019
Died in Brussels (BE), born in Ghent (BE).
Philippe Van Snick (1946 - 2019) makes work that is characterised by an extremely simple visual language, akin to minimalism, and the repeated use of the same colours: sometimes only using blue and black, the colours of day and night. Since 1980 Van Snick has been using his ten colours systematically: the primary colours red, yellow and blue, the secondary colours orange, green and purple, the non-colours white and black (representing the immaterial) and gold and silver (referring to materialism and material wealth, but following the occult tradition of Alchemy, as ‘inert’ or ‘pure’ metals. In addition, they proverbially signify ‘silence’ and ‘speech’. For Van Snick, colours have both mental and physical meaning.
Van Snick’s works are closely related to the notion of space and the physical experience of the viewer in a room. Van Snick uses a simple and clearly defined visual vocabulary consisting of conceptual photography, mathematics, fragile sculptures and his own palette of ten colours. With these and other decimal systems, he creates abstract worlds that are governed by bipolar fundamental forces. This bipolarity – the contrast between light and dark, colour and its absence, and smooth versus rough surface – is an important aspect in Van Snick’s entire oeuvre.
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(0-9) Kleuren en Cijferco...
Philippe Van Snick, (0-9) Kleuren en Cijfercode [Colours and Numerical Code], 1983. Installation, pigment, multiplex, 10 x (100 x 120 cm).
Philippe Van Snick, Produktiestaat [Production State], 1988. Installation, plaster board, wood cubes, variable dimensions.
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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
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
Salon de Peinture
17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019.
For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the curren
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
SPIRITUAL FORM The idea of Spiritual Form emerged from discussing the work of Philippe Van Snick, Stephen Antonakos and Jame