Philippe Van Cauteren ‘Letters to artists’

Philippe Van Cauteren has for many years been writing letters to artists all over the world. He directs his thoughts in a very personal manner to artists who inspire him.

Philippe Van Cauteren has for many years written letters to artists all over the world. He directs his thoughts in a very personal manner to artists who inspire him. His letters are written in a straightforward and accessible way; at times, they even verge on the poetic. They offer an insight into how a curator experiences and interprets art, and also provide a clear and succinct introduction to the work of each artist to whom he writes.

This richly illustrated publication contains over one hundred letters. In an introductory manifesto, a final letter to Jan Hoet, his predecessor and founder of S.M.A.K., Van Cauteren also defines ‘the ideal museum of the future’.

It features letters to, among others, Michaël Borremans, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jan Fabre, Adrian Ghenie, Jan Hoet, Mark Manders, Thomas Ruff, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ed Templeton, Rinus Van de Velde, and Vincent van Gogh.

Practical information

  • Price: 29.5 euro.
  • Buy the book online here.