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Born in Leuven (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Guy Rombouts (°1949) receives an education as a printer/typographer, and since the seventies he has been working on alternative communications systems. For various reasons, Rombouts questions our current communication systems.
The father of Rombouts was a typographer and printer in Geel. He also was the publisher of the local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad van Geel. Printer's type is therefore one of Rombouts’ earliest everyday experiences. Rombouts first studies typography, but later, in part inspired by the exhibition program during the seventies of the Wide White Space Gallery in Antwerp, he decides to become a sculptor.
According to Rombouts, direct communication is not possible via our language and, as a consequence, some feelings simply cannot be put into words. That is why as of 1979 he searches for systems, in which form and content interact as much as possible. He and his partner, Monica Droste (1958-1998), develop an alphabet with the name AZART. In the alphabet words take on forms. AZART refers to AZ-Art, as in art from A to Z, but also to the French term hasard, which means as much as coincidence. Each letter corresponds to a line that has a predetermined name. Every letter of the alphabet also gets its own colour, which corresponds with the first letter of that colour.
Alongside the AZART alphabet, Rombouts continues to develop new alphabets of colours, foodstuffs and other materials or immaterial phenomena, always connecting his sense of language and material.
>Guy Rombouts installing 'Period', M HKA, 2011
>An overview of the Azart alphabet, created by Rombouts.
>Guy Rombouts in a video portrait by Hans Theys. CLIP I
>Guy Rombouts in a video portrait by Hans Theys. CLIP II
>Guy Rombouts, Ze liggen samen onder één deken, 1982.Other, wool, paper, 210 x 175 cm.
>Guy Rombouts, Wilfried Huet, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, Jrg.5, nr.1, september-oktober 1985, 1985.Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 1 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
>Guy Rombouts, Guy Rombouts - Nieuw Nederlands Drieletterwoordenboek, 1985.Book, ink, paper, 29.3 x 21.5 cm, language : Dutch, author : Guy Rombouts, Publisher : Galerie Anny De Decker, Antwerpen, ISBN 90-6848-003-0.
>Guy Rombouts, X of Y [X or Y], 1985.Installation, mixed media, (l) 1700 cm.
>Koen Muller , Guy Rombouts, Wilfried Huet, GA - Tijdschrift van de Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster, Jrg.5, nr.4, maart-april 1986, 1986.Periodical, ink, paper, 57.7 x 41.7 cm, 1 p., ill., language : Dutch, publisher : Galerij van de Akademie Van Waasmunster.
>Monica Droste, Guy Rombouts, Gebeurtenissen die zich verharden tot het object waarop we zitten en abstracte zelfstandige naamwoorden die de stevigheid van een tafel verwerven, 1986.Installation, mdf, metal, wood, lacquer, variable dimensions.
>Guy Rombouts, Monica Droste, Geen dag zonder lijn [No Day Without a Line], 1989.Installation, metal, aluminium, lacquer, 140 x 100 x 1040 cm.
>Monica Droste, Guy Rombouts, Direction of Interpretations, 1989.Installation, drawings, photos, found objects, 400 x 290 cm / 70 x 0,5 x 0,5 cm.
>Laetitia Yalon, Nicole van Goethem, Rudi Renson, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK, Danny Devos, Guy Rombouts, Wout Vercammen, Jan van Veen , Jef Lambrecht, 3K-Kelder AK-37, 1994.Photography, paper, emulsion, 10 x 15 cm.
>Guy Rombouts, Leegte is vorm [Emptiness is form], 2007.Installation.
>Guy Rombouts, DIMPNANFMYD, 2018.Installation, video.
>Guy Rombouts, Uplifting Things, 2018.Installation, paper.
>Suzy Biernaert , Angel Vergara, Chris Straetling, Guy Rombouts, Monica Droste, Jef Lambrecht, Labrys in Time (related 2).Performance, paper, ink (printing), variable.
> Exhibition: De Verzameling II en een keuze van schenkingen en bruiklenen. 30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.
> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna. 15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
> Exhibition: Hommage à Bernd Lohaus. 20 January 2011.
> Exhibition: INBOX: Herinneringen aan Montevideo: De Antwerpse Avant-Garde in de vroeger jaren '80. Deel 1: 1981-1982. 17 June 2016 - 10 July 2016.
> Exhibition: Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian. 13 October 2017 - 21 January 2018.
> Exhibition: Labrys in Time (Camomille). .
> Exhibition: The collection XXVII – East of 4°24'. 03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.
> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
> Exhibition: The collection XXX – The Museum of Forgotten History, with intervention by Maarten Vanden Eynde. 29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.
> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
> Ensemble: An Architecture for Art - Guy Rombouts.
> Ensemble: Artist Books.
> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
> Ensemble: Emptiness is Form.
> Ensemble: Galerie Camomille.
> Ensemble: Guy Rombouts.
> Ensemble: kunstenaarsboeken uit de jaren '80 [artists' books from the 80s].
> Ensemble: La Lanterne de Lantin.
> Ensemble: Middle Gate.
> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.
> Ensemble: performative installations JL.
> Ensemble: SNC - Saint Nicholas Chapter.
> Ensemble: SPIRITUALITEIT | SPIRITUALITY.
> Ensemble: Structured Sensibility.