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19.11.04

Panamarenko in Anvers, Belgium

I draw your attention to a Belgian conceptual artist mentioned in this article (Nouvelle expo de Panamarenko à Anvers, November 18) from La Libre Belgique:

Hinky Pinky Prova, a steam and turbine car, and Brazil, a rocket backpack, are among the recent works of the Anvers-based artist Panamarenko [b. 1940] that will be on exhibit, from November 20 to January 29, in the Antwerpse Luchtschipbouw [part of the Museum de Beyerd Breda in Anvers]. This building is the new port of call for Panamarenko, the extraordinary creator who, for more than 40 years, has been trying to show that science, art, and technology can harmonize to perfection. Numerous studies, sketches, and models of his flying machines and other visionary contraptions, witness to Panamarenko's poetic sensibility and unbridled imagination, will be shown to the public for the first time.

The exhibit also allows you to discover the artist's new official Web site (www.panamarenko.be), conceived by an Internet design company and intended as a virtual window into the "Panamarenkian" world. The work of this "proudly Anversois" artist is on exhibit today in the largest cities around the world, like Paris, New York, London, Tokyo, Madrid, and Sydney.
There was an exhibit of Panamarenko's works, Orbit, at Dia Chelsea in 2000 to 2001 (see also the essay by Lynne Cooke on this exhibit), and you can see a few sketches and works here, here, and here.

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