National participation of Belgium


Dirk Braeckman

Main Exhibition 'VIVA ARTE VIVA'

Curator Christine Macel

Edith Dekyndt



Belgian Pavilion | Flanders

57th International Art Exhibition — la Biennale di Venezia

May 13th - November 26th, 2017



Flemish Minister Sven Gatz has commissioned Dirk Braeckman to represent Belgium at the 57th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. For his solo exhibition in the Belgian pavilion, Dirk Braeckman will present exclusively new works. The exhibition will be curated by Eva Wittocx, and it will be organized by M - Museum Leuven. The 57th Venice Biennale runs from 13 May until 26 November 2017.

In his enigmatic photographs, Dirk Braeckman (1958) creates a closed, isolated world in which combines tactility and texture, distance and intimacy. His monumental works tell us nothing; yet they suggest entire stories. Braeckman reflects on the photographic image and challenges the illusions of the medium. In his creative process, the artist experiments with textures and materials. He examines effects such as over- and under-exposure through a variety of printing techniques. His images exceed the moment of capturing and reach beyond their frame. Braeckman finds the subjects for his photographic work in his immediate environment. They are often undefined places or spaces, preferably interior views. For the Biennale, Dirk Braeckman will create a new set of monumental photos and present them tailored to the architecture of the pavilion.

Dirk Braeckman is one of the most prominent Belgian artists of the moment. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions both at nationally and internationally.

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1. 27.1 / 21.7 / 045 / 2014, 2014
2. E.E.-A.A. 11 & F.E.L.S., M – Museum, Leuven, 2011
© Dirk Braeckman - Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp






Main Exhibition



curator Christine Macel

Central Pavilion - Arsenale










Edith Dekyndt


Other Belgian Participants in Venice








Dark Matter Games @ Sale Docks

Dark Matter Games is an art project that aims to develop and present innovative and socially engaged art
practices that often fall out of the scope of more classical art institutions. The project is curated by Workspace Brussels

Dark Matter Games Participants:
Peter Aers (performance artist, BE)
Arquitecturas Colectivas (architects/activists, ES)
Christian Bakalov (performance artist, BE/BU)
Filip Berte (visual artist, BE)
Federico Bonelli (artist, IT)
Alessandro Carboni (visual artist, IT)
Stijn Demeulenaere (sound artist, BE)
Charles Esche (curator, NL)
Noah Fischer (artist, US)
Niko Hafkensheid & Valentina Stepanova (artists, BE/RUS)
Roel Heremans (sound artist, BE)
Philip Janssens (visual artist & scenographer, BE)
Melih Kiraç (choreographer TR)
Macao (art/activist collective, IT)
Tuur Marinus & Flup Marinus (artist duo, BE)
Johann Merrick (sound artist, IT)
Diane Rabreau (artist, FR)
Marnix Rummens (dramaturge, BE)
Robbert&Frank/Frank&Robbert (artist collective, BE)
Annalisa Sacchi (scholar, IT)
Gregory Sholette (theorist & visual artist, US)
Kuba Szreder (curator, PL)
S.a.L.E.Docks (art/activist collective, IT)
Mauro Somavilla (visual artist, IT)
Einat Tuchman (performance artist BE/ISR)
Hans Van Wambeke (visual artist, BE)
Karl Van Welden (artist, BE)
Gosie Vervloessem (performance artist, BE)
Müge Yilmaz (visual artist, NL/TR)

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Peter De Cupere





Swatch Pavilion

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