Maekawa

Catalogue of Maekawa's solo exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Gallery (13 March - 3 May 2014).

The work of Tsuyoshi Maekawa (°1936, Japan) is an ode to matter. From the beginning he chose jute as a his main material. As is common to the art of all Gutai artists, his practice entails an authentic and personal approach with great respect for the material in all its purity. Matter is his true vehicle of expression and represents nothing other than itself. The artist is entirely at the behest of the medium. The tactility he manages to convey is deeply moving.

Published by the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2014.

The catalogue contains many unpublished historic image of Maekawa's Gutai period as well as an interview with the artist by Koichi Kawasaki and an essay by internationally renowned Gutai connaisseur Shoichi Hirai.

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Leap into the Void

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Leap into the Void, at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Antwerp (5 September - 13 October 2013).

Leap into the Void is a group exhibition with works by Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Rei Naito, Kichizaemon Raku, Shozo Shimamoto, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jef Verheyen, letting the viewer experience the potentially transformative powers of the Void.

The exhibition parts from Yves Klein’s photo collage from 1960, in which he jumps off of a rooftop into empty space. His leap into the Void is the perfect metaphor for the new artistic sensibilities that were in the air all over the world in the 1950s and 1960s. Many avant-gardes of that time longed for a new beginning after the disasters of the War and hoped to contribute to the recovery of the world through their creativity. They wished to detach themselves form the burden of (art) history, to make tabula rasa and go on a quest for the essence of art. The most important quality all these Post-War avant-gardes shared was their fascination for the all-encompassing dimension of the Void, a hopeful, shared space full of possibilities. The Void is a space in which creativity is born, a kind of non-space outside time, inconceivable yet defining who we are and how we act in relation to the other.

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Shiro Tsujimura

Shiro Tsujimura, Vervoordt Foundation, 2013 (En)

This book has been published to mark the Shiro Tsujimura exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Kanaal.

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Living with Light

The art of harmonious living is presented in this volume through 15 bespoke interiors recently designed by the Axel Vervoordt Company. These  inspired interiors convey the concepts that compel our design team most, including time, space, and a strong luminous presence. Whether a historic estate in the country or modern home in the city, these projects are united by stories told through the serenity and sensibility of light. 
Photographer Laziz Hamani focuses brilliantly upon the unique design details and the carefully constructed interiors of each striking space.

Under the direction of Boris Vervoordt
Foreword by Axel Vervoordt, Text by Michael Gardner, Photography by Laziz Hamani

Available in:
English - Living with Light (Flammarion, 2013) - 65 €
Dutch - Licht en Ruimte (Lannoo, 2013) - 55 €
French - Maisons de Lumière (Flammarion, 2013) - 65 €
German - Haüser des Lichts (Jacoby & Stuart, 2013) - 65 €
Italian - Case di Luce (Ippocampo, 2013) - 40 €

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Lucia Bru

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Lucia Bru - Aucune Ombre, at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Antwerp (5 September - 13 October 2013).

Lucia Bru’s sculptural installations are a delicate dialogue between the vulnerability of the naked object and the surrounding space in which it tries to find its place.
Spatial details—be they real or only virtual abstract concepts—are isolated, accentuated and elaborated in an object. They are given a monumentality, which destabilizes the viewer and makes them more aware of their own body in time and space.
Bru creates her own unique form language, based on pure geometrical laws, yet distorted by the reality of her own body. She consciously adds human insecurity to geometrical structures, which lends a special narrative power to her abstract, visual vocabulary. Her objects are small incarnations of human vulnerability; they are a breath in abstract space.

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Tàpies, Lo sguardo dell’ artista

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell'artista, at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (1 June – 24 November 2013).
 
Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies' life (1923-2012) was marked by existential questioning. Philosophers, religious thinkers, scientists, Old Masters and contemporary artists alike influenced his artistic practice. Tàpies' impulse to collect stemmed directly from this fascination. Constantly seeking a link between the many cultures, geographies and epochs of humanity, his spiritual quest typified all his artistic preoccupations. The 2013 exhibition Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell'artista (The eye of the artist) at Palazzo Fortuny presents a thoughtful selection of Tàpies' own work in the broader context of his collection. The intimacy of the house of Mariano Fortuny, himself a kaleidoscopic collector, extends the dialogue. This book endeavors to convey the spirit of Tàpies' art and his extraordinary eye as both an artist and a collector.
 
This richly illustrated catalogue was  edited by Axel Vervoordt and features essays by Walter Hartsarich, Daniela Ferretti, Toni Tàpies, Natasha Hébert and Axel Vervoordt.
 
Available in English and Italian (Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Mer Paper Kunsthalle, 2013).
 
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Ida Barbarigo

On the occasion of the exhibition "Ida Barbarigo - Unity in the Depth." we have published the monograph Ida Barbarigo.
This publication is the first survey of Barbarigo’s work from 1959 ‘till 1964, supplemented with her most recent work.
The book contains a moving essay by Giovanna Dal Bon in which she introduces the reader to Barbarigo’s work in a poetic way.
It also brings together many unpublished historic photographs that were discovered in the archives of Ida Barbarigo and her belated husband Zoran Music.

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Norio Imai

Catalogue of the exhibition Norio Imai - White Event at Axel Vervoordt Gallery (14 March - 21 April 2013).
Norio Imai (°1946, Osaka) is the youngest member of the Japanese avant-garde movement Gutai. With his work he creates a monumental, monochrome white silence in space. For the artist, white is the ultimate colour, a non-colour combining all colours in perfect harmony. White is a full emptiness. Imai’s work goes beyond form and emanates a cosmic force.

This book will be presented in preview at the opening of Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim museum in New York (15 February - 8 May 2013).

Published by the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2013.

You can browse through the book here: http://issuu.com/

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Takis - The Fourth Dimension

Catalogue of the Takis exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Gallery (25 October - 2 December 2012).
Takis (°1925, Athens, Greece) has devoted most of his artistic life to research into magnetism. As an instinctive savant, he believes all communication occurs through magnetic fields. Magnetic energies are his primary, unseen material, which he stages in all manner of ways so as to render them visible. Takis has consistently translated this poetic approach to science into works that sensitively deploy the forces of nature.

With his Signals, Magnetic Walls and Musicales, Takis makes invisible energies palpable and invites the spectator to enter into a wordless, energetic dialogue. In a way he both literally and figuratively charges the void, in order to make it eloquent. Instead of working with representations, the works are presentations of energies for us to engage with directly: the works’ impact is immediate. The works have a tangible effect on the viewer, who is touched by energies emitting from the work, which the artist claims can have a harmonizing effect. Rendering the void positive as a director of energies, in his works Takis invites viewers to engage with the Fourth Dimension. 

Published by the Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2012.

At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt

In this volume, May Vervoordt at last divulges her entertaining secrets and one hundred light, easy-to-prepare recipes. Creating dishes and table settings that complement one another, striking the perfect balance between simplicity and refinement, her approach to hosting is unique because it can be adapted to suit every occasion, from family meals to large parties. Her recipes are guided by the seasons and place emphasis on garden-fresh vegetables, bringing out their natural flavor through her measured and original use of spices. A consummate hostess, May gives dinners that linger in the memory of all those who have had the privilege of being invited to dine at her table, whether in Antwerp, Venice or Verbier. Remarkable photographs extend an intimate invitation to readers, so they, too, can enjoy her special blend of home entertaining.
 
Available in:
English - At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt (Flammarion, 2012)
Dutch - Te Gast bij May (Lannoo, 2012)
French - A la table de May (Flammarion, 2012)
German - Zu Gast Bei May Vervoordt (Jacoby Stuart, 2012)

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Shozo Shimamoto

Catalogue of the Shozo Shimamoto exhibition at Axel Vervoordt Gallery (14 March - 5 May 2012).
“Starting out as a painter, he was able to build up a reputation as an experimental artist working in different media exploring concepts of time and space, while simultaneously focusing on his mechanistic methods. He perforated canvases, shot paint with cannons on large sheets of vinyl, smashed glass bottles filled with paint on canvasses, realized sculptures from razorblades, scratched and colourized films, and made violent and destructive installations with light and music for the theatre stage. In the course of his work, Shimamoto has independently obtained results which normally only more than one artist could achieve.” -  Tijs Visser in the catalogue essay
 
Shimamoto is one of the main proponents of the Gutai movement, founded in Japan in 1954. The book, designed by Jan Vandewiele, features extensive photographic documentation, making the processes behind the works clear.This idiosyncratic book, with its pristine, scored pages – that, in order to be read, need to be torn – reflects the true Gutai spirit, by inviting spillage and even destruction.

Published by the Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2012
 
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TRA. Edge of Becoming

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition 'TRA. Edge of Becoming', which took place at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice in 2011. The titleTRA was chosen for its strong and suggestive conciseness. It also includes the word “art” (if read at the inverse). As preposition it signifies “in-between”, “inside”, and as prefix it has also the meaning of an action that goes “beyond”, “ahead of”. As a suffix, TRA is common to many Sanskrit words: mantra, tantra, yantra…TRA recalls the complex and problematic ensemble of cultural and symbolic meanings that are connected to the concept of threshold and door. It concerns a physical and mental place that defines the point of interrelation between inside and outside and vice versa. It relates to the idea of crossing, of being purified and renovated through a ritual or an initiation. It is the space (or empty space) between two dimensions that marks the moment of passage from a condition to another, a breach towards new experiences.This richly illustrated catalogue was  edited by Axel Vervoordt and features essays by Francesco Poli, Rosa Martínez, Axel Vervoordt, Eddi de Wolf and Tatsuro Miki, and includes in situ images of the exhibition. 

Available in English and Italian (Vervoordt Foundation in association Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Mer Paper Kunsthalle, 2011)

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Sadaharu Horio

Sadaharu Horio (°Kobe, 1939) can be considered as the most important artist of his generation. He joined the Gutai group in 1966 and has been expanding on the avant-garde spirit of Gutai with an impressive body of experimental work. The relationship between art and the everyday life lies at the core of Horio's practice, which can be seen as on ever-repeating ritual. There is the act of coloring objects, which he undertakes every day. There are the many performances, producing a myriad of drawings and painting.

As he would describe it: "Everything ordinary or unaffected is basically a performance." Not a matter of aestheticization, or of raising the banal to the level of art. All is in the non-referential action. Atsuo Yamamoto, former curator of The Museum of Modern Art in Shiga (Japan) writes about the work of Horio: "The idea of creating so many drawings are connected to issue of life and time. All his works are done under one theme, to make the "invisible" visible. Horio always tries to grasp air - emptiness - or time, so essential for human beings ..."

Published by the Vervoordt Foundation in association with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2011

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Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations

Wabi is a Japanese concept that derives from simplicity and authenticity. It values the beauty in imperfection. Elegance in natural materials, nobility without sophistication, timelessness with tradition: these are the principles that define Axel Vervoordt's personal take on the concept. In this book, he reveals his interiors that are inspired by Wabi, showing readers how to create calm, peaceful spaces in which beauty is distilled to its purest form. Photographs by Laziz Hamani plunge us into the unique atmosphere of these Wabi inspirations.

Available in:
English: Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion, 2010)
Dutch: Axel Vervoordt: In het Spoor van de Wabi (Lannoo, 2010)
French: Axel Vervoordt, Esprit Wabi (Flammarion, 2010)

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Jef Verheyen - Le peintre flamant

This book on the work of the most important Belgian ZERO artists Jef Verheyen (1932-84), was published to accompany the exhibition “Jef Verheyen and friends”, held at the Langen Foundation in Neuss (Germany) in 2011.The exhibition was curated by Mattijs Visser and Dirk Pörschmann as part of the Düsseldorf Quadriennale, in co-operation with the ZERO Foundation and the Vervoordt Foundation.
 
Jef Verheyen is known for his extensive explorations of the phenomena of light and colour. His connections to Düsseldorf and Germany and his amicable contact with Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Yves Klein and other protagonists of ZERO, form the starting point of the exhibition and this book. It illustrates the works in the exhibition and shows many unpublished historical pictures from the Fotomuseum in Antwerp and from the personal archive of Léonore Verheyen, the artist’s daughter. It includes essays by Beate Kemfert, Tiziana Caianiello, Johan Pas, Francesca Pola Dirk Pörschmann, Jenny Trautwein and Mattijs Visser. The book also contains several interviews with Verheyen's friends, who describe their personal relationship with the artist.  

Available in English and German (ASA Publishers, 2010)

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IN-FINITUM

The exhibition In-Finitum, the third part of the trilogy, that began in 2007 with Artempo. Where Time becomes Art and continued with Academia. Qui es-tu? in Paris in 2008, displayed about 300 objects on the 4 levels of Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. The works of art range from archaeological non-finished items over incomplete Old Master paintings to contemporary installations capturing the infinity.
 
Seeking to penetrate the mystery of the infinite—as philosophers, theologians, mathematicians, physicists, poets, writers, and artists have attempted to do throughout history—signifies entering the boundless and labyrinthine territories of the indeterminate, the absolute, the sum total of the incalculable, the indescribable, the immense, the cosmic, the infinitesimal, the transfinite, the extreme, the divine, Nothingness, the void. The Latin term infinitum has been divided by a hyphen into in-finitum to suggest a more complex and problematic interpretation, including “the infinite in the finite,” the indefinite, and the unfinished.
 
With essays by Giandomenico Romanelli, Francesco Polli, Nico Van Hout, Eddi De Wolf, Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Tatsuro Miki and Axel Vervoordt. Published by Axel Vervoordt in association with Mer Paper Kunsthalle, 2009

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ACADEMIA

Axel Vervoordt presents Academia: Qui es-tu?, taking place at La Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, from September 10 until November 23, 2008. It is the second part of a trilogy which started with the exhibition Artempo: When time becomes Art and which ran at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Italy, between June and November last year. The trilogy will be completed in 2009 with the Venice-based L’Infinito del Non Finito.

Academia: Qui es-tu? is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue published in English and French (2 separate versions) by MER Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent. A collector’s item in its own right, the catalogue features a preface by Henry-Claude Cousseau, Directeur de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Giandomenico Romanelli, Director of the City Museums in Venice, and essays by Eddi De Wolf, René de Bartiral, Bernard Lietaer and Dominique Païni.

Published by Axel Vervoordt in association with Mer Paper Kunsthalle, 2008 

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ARTEMPO

Artempo. Where Time Becomes Art is a richly illustrated book published to accompany the exhibition in Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, from 9 June till 7 October 2007. Artempo, organised by the Musei Civici Veneziani and Axel Vervoordt examines the relationship between art and time by representing a breath of cultures and periods, featuring more than 300 objects and works of art from various artists.
The book includes essays by the Artempo curators Mattijs Visser, Giandomenico Romanelli and Jean-Hubert Martin. It contains additional essays by Massimo Cacciari, Italian philosopher and politician, currently Mayor of Venice, Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Art Critic and Art Historian and Eddi De Wolf, Professor and researcher at the Universiteit Antwerpen. It contains 300 full-colour illustrations of the objects on display, as well as photographs of the installation in the Palazzo Fortuny.

Published by Axel Vervoordt in association with Mer Paper Kunsthalle 2007

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Timeless Interiors

Axel Vervoordt, one of the most original antique dealers today, reveals for the first time the interiors he created for twenty-three private homes in Europe and the United States. Vervoordt's signature style juxtaposes furniture, accessories, and objets d'art from all eras and cultures, resulting in truly timeless interiors that transcend fashion. From the rustic charm of a Tuscan farmhouse to the classic grandeur of a Bordeaux châteaux or the modern allure of a Miami mansion, Vervoordt's creations are perfectly in tune with the character and history of each space. Each illustrates the eclecticism that is central to Vervoordt's design aesthetic, and all, in their unique ways and regardless of scale, are intimate family homes. Each home has its history, and Axel Vervoordt shares both the stories and the journeys that led him to discover them. Along the way he reveals the heart and soul of each home - the very essence of Axel Vervoordt's style.

Available in:
English (Rizzoli 2007)
Dutch: Tijdloze Interieurs (Lannoo, 2007)
French: Intérieurs Intemporels, (Flammarion, 2007)
German: Zeitlose Interieurs (Gerstenberg, 2007)

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The Story of a Style

Regarded as one of the most original and adventurous collectors and dealers of our time, Axel Vervoordt is best known to the general public for the extraordinary furnishings of his exhibition stands at major international fairs. Rightly considering himself an eclectic collector and dealer, Axel Vervoordt treasures the timeless and disdains the trendy. In this book, through Vervoordt's own words and photographs of the interiors of his castle near Antwerp and of his gallery in a restored industrial complex on the banks of the Antwerp canal, his special genius for creating unique and beautiful interiors is revealed. Vervoordt's taste spans centuries, continents and economic strata, and his profound knowledge of the history of fine and applied arts has led him to create spaces in which his juxtaposition of objects form vastly different eras and cultures makes a strong and impressive statement on present and future interior taste.

Available in:
English: The Story of a Style (Assouline, 2001, reprint 2007)
Dutch: Het Verhaal van een Stijl (Assouline, 2001)
French: Histoire d'un Style (Assouline 2001)

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