1940 - 2010
Born in Düsseldorf (DE), died in Antwerpen (BE).
Bernd Lohaus was born in Düsseldorf in 1940; in his twenties, he enrolled at the highly regarded local art academy when Joseph Beuys was a professor there. Lohaus’ career in art only really took off, however, when he moved to Antwerp, where he quickly established himself as a key player in the city’s burgeoning avant-garde art scene, more specifically in the now legendary Wide White Space. In 1995, Lohaus’ work was the subject of an ambitious survey show at M HKA – the collection of which now holds two pieces by the artist: "Während/DU/als Gegenüber Oder/zwischen dem/ICH" and "Grote Sculptuur" ("Big sculpture"), both dating from the mid-eighties, highlight the artist’s signature preoccupation with the frontiers of language and the (im)possibility of communication, using his signature materials of wood and chalked words. More recently, M HKA has also exhibited a ‘historical’ work associated with the Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation: dating from 1979, "Raum" – first shown at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels – consists of a space simultaneously created and contained using long strips of brown paper tape. Against the walls of the space behind these flimsy yet no less forbidding bars, clearly visible but well out of the visitor’s curious reach, three drawings represent three words, the basic tenets of Lohaus’ austere, philosophically-minded practice: "nicht" (not), "nur" (only) and "nein" (no).
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Ohne Titel (Marseille)
Bernd Lohaus, Ohne Titel (Marseille), 1994. Sculpture, wood (azobée), 80 x 241 x 150 cm.
Von der Wiederholung der ...
Jef Geys, Michel François, Ulli Lindmayr, Ria Pacquée, Patrick Vanden Eynde, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Bernd Lohaus, Frank F Castelyns, Jef Lambrecht, Von der Wiederholung der Träume zur Realität (cat.), 1991. Book, paper, ink (printing), A5 var..
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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
Narcisse Tordoir – The Pi...
13 March 2014 - 25 May 2014.
In the exhibition The Pink Spy, artist Narcisse Tordoir (°1954, Mechelen) tells stories in an intuitive and associative way about the existen
Bernd Lohaus – Fremdkörpe...
23 April 2015 - 31 May 2015.
Bernd Lohaus (°1940 - †2010) was one of the key figures from the internationally-oriented avant-garde of the 60s that paved the way for a ric
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After years of dismantling, conversion and refitting, the public is able to see the extraordinary contents and architecture of this historica
De M HKA - Collectie [The...
“Works in the M HKA collection are often large and have a presence without being especially tangible.” – Narcisse Tordoir For the third sect
The avant-garde magazine Happening News first appeared in September 1965 on the initiative of Panamarenko, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen and Y
IE - Intercontinentaal En...
Project covering various aspects of the artistic interventions of Jef Lambrecht, sometimes along with Karel Schoetens (BIWA) and others - con