Pieter Vermeersch’s work combines painting and architecture, and explores the relationships between representation, time, space, and colour. Beyond the borders of the canvas, his investigations result in large-scale spatial interventions that manipulate the space. These pictorial installations or gradual wall paintings create visually powerful experiences that physically affect the viewer. More recently, Vermeersch has started working with marble, which he manipulates pictorially, introducing a new layer to the crystalized time of the material.
Within spatial experiences, Vermeersch blurs the distinction between the two and three dimensional, the tangible and the intangible, time and space. You thus discover a dynamic dialogue between appearance and disappearance.
M is presenting a major exhibition of new work and a selective survey of his practice. Vermeersch is tailoring the exhibition to the specific museum and architectural context of the exhibition spaces.
Curator: Eva Wittocx
Pieter Vermeersch (°1973, Kortrijk, Belgium) lives and works in Turin and Brussels. Since he exhibited at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent 15 years ago, Pieter Vermeersch’s work has been featured in 30 solo exhibitions at, among others, the STUK Arts Centre, Leuven (2006); White Box, New York (2009); Londonewcastle Project Space, London (2011), and recently the Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona (2016).
His work has been part of the following group exhibitions: S.M.A.K., Ghent (2017), the Fondation Etrillard, Paris (2016); the Kenopoku Festival, Japan (2016); MSK, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (2015); Parasol Unit, London (2015); L’Espace de l’Art Contret, Mouans-Sartoux (2015); Redcat, Los Angeles (2014); MAC’s, Grand-Hornu (2014); Logan Center Gallery, Chicago (2013); Urdaibai Arte (2012); Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg (2011); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2010); Mu.ZEE, Oostende (2010); Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz (2009); South London Gallery, London (2009); Bozar, Brussels (2007); M HKA, Antwerp (2006).
Over the past two years, he has created monumental frescoes at Schuman Station in Brussels and the Galeries Lafayette in Biarritz, as well as major site-specific works for the Solo House Office KGDVS in Matarraña, Spain and for Silos a sel, site de la Voirie, Geneva, Switzerland. The works of Pieter Vermeersch are part of the collections of Dexia Art Collection, Brussels; the European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main; the Art Collection of the Flemish Community, Brussels; the Flemish Parliament, Brussels; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; ING Art Collection, Brussels; M HKA, Antwerp; the National Bank of Belgium, Brussels; S.M.A.K., Ghent.