With 'The End Is Never Near', S.M.A.K. brings a first comprehensive retrospective of Belgian painter Jan Van Imschoot.
Built around historical themes from literature and art history, Jan Van Imschoot's work bridges predecessors such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Goya, Manet, and others. The artist engages in an ongoing dialogue with the past, often focusing, with a dose of cynicism, on phenomena or figures on the margins of contemporary society.
Some 90 paintings are brought together from his early days until today, making this exhibition the largest exhibition of Jan Van Imschoot to date, both nationally and internationally.
Curator: Dieter Roelstraete.
Ahead of the exhibition, the monograph Jan Van Imschoot - The End Is Never Near was published in December 2022. This publication, which contains in-depth essays by Selen Ansen, Dieter Roelstraete, Alain Tapié and Philippe Van Cauteren, as well as an extensive conversation between the artist and Hendrik Folkerts, includes more than 200 works by Jan Van Imschoot.
Publisher: Mercatorfonds / Design: Atelier Sven Beirnaert / A collaboration between Galerie Templon, Mercatorfonds and S.M.A.K. For sale in the bookshop of S.M.A.K.