Current exhibition

Angel Vergara | Straatman: Acts & Paintings

03.09.2017 - 07.10.2017

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Angel Vergara in which the artist continues his exploration into the power of the visual image. The exhibition features several large canvases coated with smeared charcoal that...

Upcoming exhibition

To be announced shortly

Past exhibitions

Michel Mouffe

18.05.2017 - 19.08.2017

Michel Mouffe – Alphabet is the artist's first comprehensive monograph. Conceived as the sequence of letters in the alphabet, this book gives an insight into Michel Mouffe’s body of work through a series of writings and conversations ...

Kazuo Shiraga - Inaugural exhibition Kanaal

08.03.2017 - 13.05.2017

For the inaugural exhibition of the new space at Kanaal, Axel Vervoordt Gallery will open with a retrospective exhibition of Kazuo Shiraga’s paintings from the 1960s to the end of the 1990s.

Masatoshi Masanobu

02.02.2017 - 04.03.2017

Chung Chang-Sup

08.12.2016 - 28.01.2017

After two decades of studying and practicing Western abstract art, more particularly Art Informel, Chung Chang-Sup turned away from the occidental technique of oil painting and started a series that he called Return—a return to his roots, to th...

Tsuyoshi Maekawa in the 1970s

27.10.2016 - 03.12.2016

The 1970s were a difficult period for the former members of the Gutai Art Association to maintain their identities as artists. The sudden death of the group’s charismatic leader, Jiro Yoshihara, in 1972 seems to have caused them a great deal of...

Renato Nicolodi – OMNIUM MEMORIA II

01.09.2016 - 22.10.2016

Born in 1980 in Brussels, Nicolodi is the son of an Italian father and Belgian mother, origins that ignited his inquisitive mind for as long as he can remember and became the core of his artistic endeavours. Sculpture has played a main role in his bo...

Markus Brunetti - FACADES

12.05.2016 - 02.07.2016

On the road since May 2005, Markus Brunetti (Bavaria, 1965) is continuously travelling around Europe to capture the facades of religious buildings, using his very own technique of highly technical precision combined with absolute peaceful ambience. A...

Ryuji Tanaka

10.03.2016 - 30.04.2016

Ryuji Tanaka (1927-2014, Japan) was a noteworthy artist who was involved in two avant-garde groups that were indispensable to post-war Japanese art. One of the groups was the Pan-real Bijutsu Kyokai (Pan-real Art Association), and the other was the G...

Yun Hyong-Keun

04.02.2016 - 05.03.2016

Yun is best known for his paintings with superposed umber and ultramarine oil paint, works with dark, rectilinear forms enveloped by lighter areas, that he delicately developed for forty years. Yun was inspired by the art of ink brush writing master ...

Kurt Ralske - Faceness

03.12.2015 - 30.01.2016

Kurt Ralske is a Manhattan-based artist who uses digital distortions to question the inner foundations of our process of visual perception and historical memory.

Dominique Stroobant

15.10.2015 - 29.11.2015

"And then it is about reinventing not only objects, forgotten or as yet inexistent tools, but also their technologies. Whether it is a sundial, a wing, a rubber stamp, a haunch, or a bell or a camera-obscura without a lens."

Shimamoto - The Gutai Works

03.09.2015 - 03.10.2015

This exhibition shows Shimamoto’s paintings from his Gutai period, highlighting the concepts and techniques the artist explored throughout his early career: his bottle crashes, Ana (‘Holes’) series, and thick matter paintings.

Kimsooja - Thread Routes, Chapter lll

30.04.2015 - 15.07.2015

Thread Routes - Chapter lll (2010–) reveals how the artist gazes at the world: unfolding visual patterns that intimately tie humans to their land.

Yuko Nasaka

12.03.2015 - 25.04.2015

With its bright colours, Nasaka’s work is as playful as it is serious. It’s a kind of non-art that shows that Nasaka is a child of her time. An artist is always connected to the time they live in, so the Zeitgeist always sneaks in. A...

Marco Tirelli

04.12.2014 - 21.02.2015

Marco Tirelli (°Rome, 1956) is an artist with a deep sense of what lies beyond. With his ability of aesthetic contemplation, he captures not only the phenomenal dimension, but also the mysterious and enigmatic sense of things. 

Bae Bien-U - Counterbalance

23.10.2014 - 29.11.2014

Since the very beginning of his career, photographer Bae Bien-U’s (°1950) preferred object has been the nature of his home country, Korea. He has never, however, considered nature to be a mere object of beauty or research. 

Günther Uecker

04.09.2014 - 18.10.2014

“Art is like the traces of wounds ploughed into the field.” (Günther Uecker)

Angel Vergara - Life Illuminations

22.05.2014 - 05.07.2014

Vergara’s work is a continued research into the power of the image. By means of performances, videos, installations and paintings he tests the limits of art and reality.

Maekawa - The Gutai Works

13.03.2014 - 17.05.2014

Opening in presence of the artist. The work of Tsuyoshi Maekawa is an ode to matter. 

Leap into the Void

30.01.2014 - 09.03.2014

Group exhibition combining works by Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Rei Naito, Kichizaemon Raku, Shozo Shimamoto, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jef Verheyen.

Tàpies in the 1960s - Scars of the Real

05.12.2013 - 26.01.2014

Tàpies. A Catalan name derived from the word tàpia, meaning wall. Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 1923-2012) could not have been born with a name that suited him any better.

Richard Serra - Black is the Drawing

24.10.2013 - 01.12.2013

“What interests me is the opportunity for all of us to become something different from what we are, by constructing spaces that contribute something to the experience of who we are.”
Richard Serra

Lucia Bru - Aucune Ombre

05.09.2013 - 13.10.2013

Lucia Bru’s work bears the traces of time, meticulously spent with the art works

Ida Barbarigo - Unity in the Depth

25.04.2013 - 30.06.2013

Barbarigo’s paintings in the late 1950s and early 1960s are particularly modern because of her avant-garde ability to paint the unseen, the void.

Norio Imai - White Event

14.03.2013 - 21.04.2013

Out of almost nothing, Gutai artist Norio Imai (°Osaka, 1946)  creates a monumental, monochrome white silence in space.

Michel Mouffe

31.01.2013 - 10.03.2013

Michel Mouffe (°1957, Brussels) is a painter who does not paint. He veils. His work is built up out of many thin layers of glaze, all carrying their own meaning.

Otto Boll

06.12.2012 - 26.01.2013

In some aspects austere, Otto Boll’s work reveals a pared-down simplicity that produces an artistic statement that is at odds with the visual (virtual) atmosphere that surrounds us.

Takis - The Fourth Dimension

25.10.2012 - 02.12.2012

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.

Kazuo Shiraga

06.09.2012 - 20.10.2012

An avant-garde painter who transformed human energy into visceral art, Shiraga’s career spanned six decades and influenced similar movements in Europe and America.

El Anatsui - Stitch in Time

10.05.2012 - 30.06.2012

Being a child of the hopeful 1960’s, El Anatsui (°1944, Ghana) grew up in a period typified by the profound search for social and personal identity. This search has become a central theme through his art.

Shozo Shimamoto

14.03.2012 - 15.05.2012

Initially, Shozo Shimamoto started from the perspective of painting, but he was permanently seeking a means to free himself of a purely pictorial context.

Dominique Stroobant - Tempi e Fili – Seil und Zeit

26.01.2012 - 10.03.2012

Categories such as artist, philosopher, collector, sociologist, gallery owner or the scarcely graspable meta-category, art, do not play any central role for Dominique Stroobant in his thinking and practice.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Lightning Fields

08.12.2011 - 21.01.2012

The artist’s exhibition at Axel Vervoordt gallery mirrors Sugimoto’s conceptual approach upon the origins of early life.

Sadaharu Horio - Atarimae-No-Koto

27.10.2011 - 03.12.2011

Japanese artist Sadaharu Horio comes for the first time to Belgium to do a three days performance in the Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

Roman Opalka 1965/1-∞

08.09.2011 - 22.10.2011

This exhibition is an homage to Roman Opalka, who, unfortunately, died recently. The series of self-portraits, the “Détails”, the  sound installation and the video, they all bear witness to his extraordinary work.

Gotthard Graubner - Raum der Stille

12.05.2011 - 30.06.2011

The artist prefers not to get lost in endless philosophies and theories about his work. If he was able to express his emotions through words, songs or writings, he would. But he choose to paint them.

Bae Bien-U - Convexconcave

17.03.2011 - 07.05.2011

Korean artist Bae Bien-U will present recent photographic works ConvexConcave derived from his approach to landscape photography in his orum series.

Gunther Uecker - Black Rain

27.01.2011 - 12.03.2011

The inaugural exhibition shows works from the Black Rain series by Günther Uecker.

Hong Kong

Current exhibition

Tsuyoshi Maekawa

19.09.2017 - 07.11.2017

Upcoming exhibition

To be announced shortly

Past exhibitions

Markus Brunetti

08.06.2017 - 26.08.2017

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition “FACADES” of German artist Markus Brunetti in Hong Kong. The exhibition will explore the subject of reality /idealistic reality through digitally assembled images of c...

Otto Boll

20.03.2017 - 03.06.2017

Otto Boll operates from an expressly minimalist sensibility. His installation works, acutely reduced forms of steel, are like immaterial lines drawn in space, cutting through emptiness. Suspended by barely visible nylon threads, these lines are float...

Jaromír Novotný - Look Again

12.01.2017 - 10.03.2017

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is proud to present Jaromir Novotny’s first solo show in our Hong Kong location. The exhibition of recent works is titled, “Look Again”, and is a literal and figurative invitation for visitors to contemplate t...

Michel Mouffe

07.11.2016 - 23.12.2016

Michel Mouffe (1957, Brussels) explores the foundations of painting by challenging its limits. His works are built up out of many thin coats of paint and glaze, creating translucent layers that veil each other and blend into an almost immaterial surf...

Ryuji Tanaka

24.08.2016 - 04.11.2016

Tanaka born on November 29, 1927 to Shokichi Tanaka and his wife Toyono in Higashi Futami, Futami-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo Prefecture (now part of Akashi City). His real given name was Susumu.1 Futami, located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea, ...

Bae Bien-U - 分合 - PART:MEET

19.05.2016 - 11.08.2016

From the very beginning of his career as a photographer, the forest in the mountains of Gyeongju, where pine trees surround the royal tombs, has been Bae’s preferred subject. Pines carry a long tradition in Korean culture. The energy of life is...

Angel Vergara

21.03.2016 - 12.05.2016

The work of Angel Vergara (°1958, Spain) is a continued research into the power of the image. By means of performance, videos, installations and paintings he questions the way images shape our reality.

Ida Barbarigo

14.01.2016 - 12.03.2016

Ida Barbarigo (Venice, 1920) has a restless and curious nature, which encouraged her to spend her time wandering and roaming around en plein air in Venice and Paris.  During these ecstatic walks throughout the city she experienced sudden revelat...

Norio Imai - Gutai Works

28.10.2015 - 07.01.2016

Out of almost nothing, Gutai artist Norio Imai sculpts large white surfaces, striking for their pureness and whiteness. He considers white to be the ultimate colour, a non-colour combining all colours in perfect harmony.

Raimund Girke - In Between White

10.09.2015 - 22.10.2015

First solo show in Hong Kong. The works on show are monochromes, highlighting the second half of the Girke’s career, and focus on silence and serenity, thus obtaining a distinct meditative character.

Sadaharu Horio

14.05.2015 - 03.09.2015

Sadaharu Horio is one of the leading artists of Gutai's third generation. Horio captures the invisible, fleeting energies of everyday life, and highly prolific and energetic, he visualizes them through painting and performance.

Ann Veronica Janssens

12.03.2015 - 07.05.2015

Ann Veronica Janssens first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Janssens work unbalances perceptive experience and isolates sensory experiences.

Jef Verheyen

16.01.2015 - 07.03.2015

The first time Jef Verheyen's paintings be shown in Asia. Verheyen's works has been reexamined in the history of art as an important part of the ZERO movement.

Cai Guo-Qiang

20.11.2014 - 10.01.2015

Cai Guo-Qiang's transforms his experiences, memories, traditions, Eastern philosophy and history into a narrative with symbolic images through gunpowder explosions.

Kazuo Shiraga

28.08.2014 - 15.11.2014

The first solo exhibition of Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga in Hong Kong.

El Anatsui - Theory of Se

13.05.2014 - 12.08.2014

Inaugural exhibition of our new Hong Kong gallery space.
Opening in presence of the artist.