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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Pans de Sensation
Philippe Van Snick, Pans de Sensation, 2005-2007. Print, ink, paper, 25 x (59.5 x 41.5 cm).
Philippe Van Snick, Richtingen, 1974. Photography, 4 zwart-wit foto's op glanzend barietpapier, 8 x 24 cm (58 x 42.5 cm (framed)).
Philippe Van Snick, Grand Territorium, 2011. Sculpture, wood, chalk, 130 x 130 x 380 cm.
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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
Ping Pong – Philippe Van ...
16 September 2017 - 07 January 2018.
Using the 1972 work Ping Pong and its subsequent donation by the artist to the M HKA as starting point for this exhibition, Belgian artist Ph
A NON-U-MENTAL HISTORY OF...
02 May 2021 - 29 August 2021.
The Flemish museum world continues to evolve, but the media coverage of these innovations focuses almost exclusively on architectural concern
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
SPIRITUAL FORM The idea of Spiritual Form emerged from discussing the work of Philippe Van Snick, Stephen Antonakos and Jame