In May 2016, Jan Lauwers became the first Belgian to exhibit at the brand new McaM in Shanghai, a museum of contemporary art headed by the Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie. Part of this exhibition will be on show at BOZAR in Brussels in spring 2017.
|Jan Lauwers (Antwerp, 1957) is an artist who works in just about every medium. He studied painting at the Academy of Art in Ghent. Over the last thirty years he has become best known for his pioneering work for the stage with Needcompany, which was founded in Brussels in 1986. From 2009 until 2014 Needcompany has been artist-in-residence at the Burgtheater in Vienna.|
In 2007 Jan Lauwers had his first solo exhibition, at BOZAR (Brussels), curated by Jérôme Sans (former director of Palais de Tokyo, now at the UCCA). To accompany this exhibition he also compiled the first book to focus on his art work from 1996 to 2006. At the Artbrussels art fair (2007), Lauwers was invited to make a site-specific work for BOZAR. Luk Lambrecht has invited Jan Lauwers to take part in Down to Earth, a group exhibition of ceramics at Strombeek cultural centre, which includes work by Ann Veronica Janssens, Heimo Zobernig, Atelier Van Lieshout, Lawrence Weiner, Kurt Ryslavy and Manfred Pernice.
• The House of the Fisherman (1993-1997)
• Hong Kong Room (1997-2002)
• No beauty for me there, where human life is rare (2002) (Installation)
• The Paradise of Camel Leon (2002-2006)
• C-Song (2003) (Video)
• Rakvere (2005) (Video)
• A12-cycle, den Boomsesteenweg (2005-2006)
• RESTLESSNESS, Jan Lauwers, PSK/PBA Brussels, curated by Jérôme Sans (6 March 2007 - 6 May 2007)
• The Archives of Saul J. Waner at Charim Ungar Berlin I CUC (5th February 2010 - 12th of March 2010)
• The Entertainer’s Private Room at Charim Galerie Wien (1st March 2011 – 2nd March 2011)
• Silent Stories, Jan Lauwers, McaM (Shanghai) (20 May 2016 - 31 July 2016)
• Silent Stories, Jan Lauwers, BOZAR (Brussel) (1 April 2017 - 25 June 2017)
• Grimbergen 2002, curated by Luk Lambrecht
• Grasduinen 2004, SMAK-aan-zee, Bredene, curated by Cis Bierinckx, 2004
• DARK, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, curated by Rein Wolfs and Jan Grosfeld, 2006
• Down to Earth, Strombeek cultural centre, curated by Luk Lambrecht, 27 February - 5 April 2009
• curated by_vienna 09, From Europe to Asia and back, again. Living in a suitcase, curated by Jérôme Sans, 6 May - 30 June 2009
• The Tragedy of The Applause - Roubaix at La Condition Publique (Roubaix) 26 November 2009 – 23 December 2009
• The Tragedy of The Applause - Strombeek - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly, PART I, at CC Strombeek (Brussels) 25 September 2010 – 21 October 2010
• The Lucidity of the Obscene, Needcompany in cooperation with IT&FB publishing company, Vanden Abeele, Maarten (Brussels/Amsterdam), 1998.
• DWB 06 4 - Literary Magazine (Dutch) - Texts from & about Jan Lauwers, a separate quire
(16 pages) is available: Polaroids: 'The Paradise of the Camel Leon'
|In a world that has reverted to a 'superficial realism' in a bid to survive, Jan Lauwers uses words and images to mark out a singular territory in which hysteria, the absurd, the inexpressible, freedom and disarray can coexist and even become one. Jan Lauwers deploys his well-rounded personality to create risky openings to spheres rendered invisible by our modern world.
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