Centrum voor constructivisme en concrete kunst
centre pour le constructivisme et l'art concret
center for constructivism and concrete art
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8/10/ - 17/12/2017
the center commeromrates Guy Vandenbranden
 

                                                                 

Guy Vandenbranden belongs to the second generation constructivists. He started figurative but after he met Paul Klee he would never paint figurative. Born in Ixelles, he initially lived and worked in Mechelen. In1960 he moved definitively to Antwerp. First in his atelier in the Vlaaikensgang, then for a very long period in his huge atelier in Scheldeken. Guy experienced one of his best periods in the VECU, a club in Antwerp with the image to be elitist and dandyish, and opposed to indecent behavior and superficiality. Guy was a member or co-founder of different groups such as Art Abstract, Formes and Art Construit. He was very well acquainted with the art scene but certainly not a follower. Guy developed its own style. His paintings are always based on a mathematical system that he never released. The works of Vandenbranden are a balanced blend of bright primary colors and pronounced geometric shapes. He finds the perfect balance between form and color. In the ZERO period, a group to which he never belonged, he makes white reliefs pointing in the same direction.  To his international friends belonged Lucio Fontana and Pierre Manzoni and they accepted him as real art brother. Manzoni bought as first Italian a work of Guy. Internationally Guy is undoubtedly the most important Belgian constructivist. In constructivism the artistic expression is only determined by the visual resources itself.
 (according to Marcel Van Jole and Ernest Van Buynder Belgian)

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