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Hans Op de Beeck

Lily 2020, polyester, steel, polyamide, coating, 180 x 39 x 39 cm, 70,86 x 15,35 x 15,35 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck

Lily 2020, polyester, steel, polyamide, coating, 180 x 39 x 39 cm, 70,86 x 15,35 x 15,35 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Romeo 2020, black and white watercolour on Arches paper in wooden frames, 308 x 4,5 x 136 cm, 121,26 x 11,43 x 345,44 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Stéphanie 2020, black and white watercolour on Arches paper in wooden frames, 259,6 x 138,5 x 4,4 cm, 102,20x 54,52 x 1,73 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Stéphanie 2020, black and white watercolour on Arches paper in wooden frames, 259,6 x 138,5 x 4,4 cm

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The Cliff (wall piece) 2019, polyester, steel, coating, 230 x 116 x 212 cm, 90,55 x 45,66 x 83,46 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Dog (bronze) 2019, bronze, coating, 62 x 37 x 13 cm, 14,56 x 24,40 x 5,11 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Mum and Dad 2019, polyester, wood, coating, 165 x 42 x 42 cm, 64,96 x 16,53 x 16,53 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Vanitas (Variation) 29 2019, plaster, wood, steel, polyamide, polyester, coating, 93 x 42 x 88 cm, 36,61 x 16,53 x 34,64 in. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Dancer 2019, Sculpture: polyester, steel, coating, 110,5 x 110 x 146 cm

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Still Life (wall piece) (8) 2019, plaster, polyester, MDF, metal, coating, 81 x 39 x 57 cm. Photo: Pamela Bralia

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My bed a raft, the room the sea, and then I laughed some gloom in me 2019, polyester, polyurethane, steel, polyamide, epoxy, wood, coating, 400 x 400 x 114 cm. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Sleeping Girl (bronze) 2018, scultura: bronze, coating, 210 x 100 x 177 cm

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Timo (marbles) 2018, polyester, glass, coating, 42 x 67 x 65 cm. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Wunderkammer (2) 2018, wood, glass, steel, polyamide, coating, mixed media, 120 x 41 x 216,5 cm. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Timo 2018, polyester, metal, wood, coating, gypsum, 80 x 50 x 150 cm. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Blossom Tree (4)2018, steel, concrete, polyurethane, polyester, epoxy resin, coating, 147 x 153 x 265 cm

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The Collector’s House, 2016, Sculptural Installation: Coated wood, coated polyester, pigmented plaster, PU, metal, glass, 20 x 12,5 x 4 m. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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The Collector’s House, 2016, Sculptural Installation: Coated wood, coated polyester, pigmented plaster, PU, metal, glass, 20 x 12,5 x 4 m. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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The Collector’s House, 2016, Sculptural Installation: Coated wood, coated polyester, pigmented plaster, PU, metal, glass, 20 x 12,5 x 4 m. Photo: Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Roe Deer 2018, plywood, glass, steel, polystyrene, polyamide, polyester, plaster polyester, epoxy resin, coating, 240 x 200 x 110 cm

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The Thread 2015, Full HD video, sound, 15 min 30 sec

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Staged Exterior (forest), 2014, photograph, 160 x 120 x 4,1 cm

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Pond (circular 200) 2013, glass, wood, polyester, polyamide, coating, 15 x 200 x 200 cm. Photo: Ela Bialkowska

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The Settlement, 2013, installazione scultorea: legno, materiali vari, 13 x 10 x 4 m, 2013, sculptural installation: wood, mixed media, 13 x 10 x 4 m, Photo Studio Hans Op de Beeck

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Location (7) (photo), 2012, Lambda print mounted on Dibond back in wooden frame, 187,2 x 115,7 x 4,2 cm

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Parade, 2012, Full HD Video (color, sound), 11' 25'' (16:9 aspect ratio)

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Parade, 2012, Full HD Video (color, sound), 11' 25'' (16:9 aspect ratio)

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Sea of Tranquillity, 2010, Full HD video, colour, sound, 29’ 50’’

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Location (6), 2008, sculptural installation, mixed media, 18 m diameter x 4m height

Hans Op de Beeck

Location (6), 2008, sculptural installation, mixed media, 18 m diameter x 4m height, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Hans Op de Beeck

Location (6), 2008, sculptural installation, mixed media, 18 m diameter x 4m height, Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Hans Op de Beeck: inspiring memory and imagination in the viewer’s mind

Hans Op de Beeck mainly creates large-scale immersive installations, sculptures, paintings, video works and photographs. Over the past ten years his practice has expanded to the performing arts, as a playwright, an opera and theatre stage director and as a scenographer and costume designer. Op de Beeck’s visual artworks are rich in narrative structure and they are considerate of the presence of the viewer.
The three-dimensional works are often covered with a distinctive grey, velvet-like coating that petrifies people and objects and subsequently their emotions and actions. Anachronistic and timeless interiors and natural landscapes are important in Op de Beeck’s installations, sculptures, paintings and films. With an extreme attention to detail, a different yet recognizable reality is presented to us.
The subject, the objects of the scene, the scene’s background and the viewer are all considered and included in his works that broadly reflect on our human condition, in a melancholic or tragicomic way. The latter is considered substantially, for example, in works where Op de Beeck plays with scale and the viewer becomes enormous in comparison with a tiny-constructed scene in a Wunderkammer-like showcase, ‘The Hideout’ (2020), or in works that present a representation of reality like the giant installation, ‘The Collector’s House’ (2016), where the viewer walks around or sits down in an entirely staged, life-sized, petrified world.

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