Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Merksem (BE).
Ria Pacquée (°1954) has been active as an artist since 1979. She portrays casual situations and objects from the everyday world: the street, the market, cemeteries and the desert are her work area.
Initially, her work consists of performances and body art. In the early eighties, for example, she develops the Madame character, exploring her life for several years. She is accompanied by a photographer who captures Madame's experiences. Despite the light humours approach, the photos present an endless loneliness.
Since 1992, Pacquée renounces performance and takes place behind the camera herself. From then on, different series follow. Often, these are pictures of objects found in the street, which are mutually associated through their shape or colour. This way, she shows our environment in a different manner.
Pacquée's later work is characterised by observation, with strong elements of visual anthropology and political commentary.
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GA - Tijdschrift van de G...
Wilfried Huet, Ria Pacquée, Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel , Christian Boltanski, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, Jrg.8, nr.2, 1 maart 1989, 1989. Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 3 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
Curtain of Silence
Ria Pacquée, Curtain of Silence, 1998. Photography, colour photograph on aluminium, protected by a layer of foil, 190 x 120 cm.
Have you accepted that wh...
Ria Pacquée, Have you accepted that whatever seems to be is not, and that that which seems not to be is?, 1991. Photography.
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Hommage à Bernd Lohaus
20 January 2011.
In order to commemorate Bernd Lohaus, who died November 5 2010, the M HKA brought an homage. Interventions of befriended artists and small pe
Visite - Kunstenparcours ...
28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.
De Ververij, a cultural centre in Ronse, has devised a challenging art-route through the center of the city featuring top textile designs fro
From Broodthaers to Braec...
06 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Through representative examples From Broodthaers to Braeckman. Photography in the Visual Arts in Belgium shows how the medium of photography
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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Luc Deleu, AMVK, Ria Pacquée, Ilya Kabakov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Goshka Macuga, Allan Sekula, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Yang Zhenzhong
Permanent Collection 2017...
The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive
MOBILITEIT / MOBILITE / M...
From a technocratic point of view, the term ‘mobility’ refers to road works, trucks, trains and airports. But mobility is also an existential