Henri Van Herwegen first made himself heard in the mid 1960s. He came up with the pseudonym Panamarenko – a reference to Pan American Airlines, with a Russian-like suffix – and in 1966 had his first solo exhibition in the Wide White Space Gallery in Antwerp, with actions, happenings and a number of poetic objects. Through the gallery he came into contact with foreign artists, such as Joseph Beuys, who convinced Panamarenko that what he made was art. In the following decades, Panamarenko became famous for his fantastical aeroplanes, cars, submarines and fragile mechanical creatures. He stopped his artistic activities in 2005 and retired.
year and place of birth: 1940, Antwerp (Belgium)
whereabouts: + 14 December 2019 Michelbeke (Belgium)
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Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 196813.09 until 15.03.2015
Starting in September, the S.M.A.K. is presenting an exhibition entitled Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968.
ENSEMBLEMATIC15.09 until 10.02.2013
In ENSEMBLEMATIC, S.M.A.K. presents several of its most notable ensembles.
We Humans are Free: From the Collection of S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent29.04 until 31.08.2006
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the cities of Kanazawa and Ghent, about 70 works by 11 artists selected from the collection of S.M.A.K., are shown at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in ...
Restauratie 'The Aeromodeller'01.07 until 03.07.2005
'The Aeromodeller' by Panamarenko is one of the largest and most famous works in the S.M.A.K. collection.
Gelijk het leven is28.06 until 14.09.2003
Belgian and international art from the collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art holds an exhibition of its collection from the 28th June to the 14th September 2003.