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A groundbreaking new exhibition will be presented by the Het Noordbrabants Museum, focusing on the impact of Van Gogh’s interpersonal relationships on his work. Part biography, part art history, the catalogue of this exhibition will dismantle the commonly-held conception that Van Gogh’s genius stemmed from his mental illness and isolation. Revealing a complex, emotionally engaging picture of the man behind some of the most celebrated works in history, this catalogue includes well-known works and pieces from private collections, as well as rare documents virtually unknown to the public, such as a never-before exhibited sketchbook that Vincent gifted to Betsy Tersteeg, daughter of an art dealer at The Hague; poetry he sent to his dear brother and confidante Theo; and six rarely featured letters of condolence received by Theo after Vincent’s death. Masterpieces include Still life with Bible (1885), Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La berceuse) 1889, and L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux) (1890). The catalogue also contains numerous less well-known portraits of family and friends, revealing how they appeared through the artist’s eyes.

Van Gogh’s Inner Circle sheds light on Vincent’s often tempestuous personality, his love affairs, his eventual estrangement from many of his colleagues, and how his relationships influenced the work he produced in the years leading up to his premature death.

The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects is a celebration of diversity. Satisfying our natural and abiding curiosity about how other people live, and our endless quest to improve our own homes, this superb volume showcases architectural trends, provides insight into vernacular residential architecture, and is a rich source of ideas for every house designer- professional or armchair. Many of the houses portrayed in this book turn conventional notions of appearance and design upside down in their quest for perfection, while many reflect the emerging trend toward sustainable design while proving energy efficiency and style are not mutually exclusive concepts.

The 100 houses featured, (designed by 100 different architects) range from deceptively simple to over-the-top gorgeous. Among the awe-inspiring projects in this book are contemporary houses slotted into traditional settings, such as a modern project on a cobbled street in Ljubljana, Slovenia; a utilitarian structure nestled in a vineyard in pastoral New Zealand; a concrete polyhedron incised into a minuscule spot in the Tokyo metropolis; and a house on the Indian Ocean in Mozambique, whose colours contrast against the azure blues of sea and sky. Also available: 100 of the World’s Best Houses ISBN: 9781864704358, Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses ISBN: 9781864704501

Drawing on more than 40 years of work, Walter Van Beirendonck selected over 500 iconic fashion drawings that have rarely, if ever, been seen before. Draw the World Awake is a wild ride through Van Beirendonck’s imaginative evolution, showcasing his bold and boundary-pushing style like never before. Whether you’re a fashion fanatic or just love a good visual feast, this collectible book offers a vibrant glimpse into the mind of a true mastermind in fashion design.

This XL volume features three interchangeable covers and showcases the full range of Van Beirendonck’s oeuvre in drawings, from his Sado collection in 1982 and the outfits he designed for U2’s Popmart tour in 1997, to his Hand on Heart collection of Fall 2011 until today. The book reveals his wide range of inspirations, which include technology, art, pop culture and ethnography. Walter Van Beirendonck studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He broke through at the British Designer Show in London in 1987, together with ‘The Antwerp Six’: Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene and Marina Yee.

The Van Gogh Museum invited the celebrated Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi to present recent work inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Although the two artists differ greatly in historical period and place of origin, their art is very similar in substance. This similarity is apparent in the themes that Van Gogh and Zeng both perpetually explore, such as style, identity and personality, and the question of self-control and the outside world’s degree of control over the individual. It is evident too in their powerful, searing paintings. Van Gogh’s original paintings became famous partly for their vigorous, seemingly inimitable brushwork – the painter’s individual ‘handwriting’. Zeng has responded to this same brushwork with handwriting from a very different cultural tradition, namely that of Chinese calligraphy. He has done so at a time when Van Gogh has become immensely popular in countries like China and Japan. The result is a Van Gogh seen through Chinese eyes, in a way Vincent himself could never have imagined. Zeng takes meanings from the past and re-uses them, over and over again, to generate valuable new meanings. This book focuses on Zeng’s recent work, inspired by Van Gogh’s iconic self-portraits, and explores the position and importance of the self-portrait within his oeuvre. Text in English and Chinese.

“Dive into the ‘not-so-usual’ world of Iris van Herpen and her 16-Year Evolution! ‘Sculpting The Senses’ isn’t just a display of her iconic designs; it’s a captivating exploration of her visionary fashion revolution.” — Buro 24/7 Middle East

“Fashion is an instrument for change, to shift us emotionally. Through biomimicry I look at the forces behind the forms in nature, these patterns and natural cycles are my guide to explore new forms of femininity for a more conscious and sustainable fashion for the future.” – Iris van Herpen

Sculpting the Senses offers an overview of Iris van Herpen’s work over the past 16 years. It not only shows the most iconic designs, but also explores her forward-looking vision of fashion on a deeper level. On the basis of 100 dresses, it becomes clear how much the designer challenges our vision of “Haute Couture”. Sculpting the Senses immerses you in Van Herpen’s sensory universe and unites fashion, contemporary art, design and science on the basis of nine themes that together form the essence of Van Herpen’s work.

Graphic artist, painter, sculptor, designer of wall textiles,… the artistic achievements of Herman van Nazareth, alias of Herman van Aerden, are manifold. Van Nazareth’s abstract-expressionist imagery is unpretentious, rough and powerful, faceless but with a distinct voice. His pictorial and sculptural language is restrained and universal and goes back to the basic shapes, sometimes hinting at ethnic art. It is especially his works from the South-African era that are a testimony of the artist’s personal sentiments and engagement in the social and political debate of the time. He sculpts anonymous witnesses, suffering people, numbed and powerless in a society ruled by aggression and exclusion. His pictorial work taps into the same vein, but in his paintings of people with mask like expressions and abstract landscapes, his use of colour is more exuberant, sometimes strangely bizarre. Herman van Nazareth’s work is internationally acclaimed and for the first time his extraordinary output has been collected in a comprehensive catalogue.

“…enriched not only by an introduction by the fashion author Anders Christian Madsen, but also by countless anecdotes and stories from friends, artists and collaborators who contributed to the achievement of Van Assche’s great successes.” — GQ Italia

“Squeezing two small decades worth of era-defining elegance into one book is no small feat. Just ask Kris Van Assche, who has spent the past year scrupulously archiving his life’s work.” — i-D

“Fashion is my life. I see many ways to return”, the Belgian creative, former head of Dior homme and Berluti, tells MFF. Who this evening in Paris presents the volume 55 collections, which retraces almost 20 years of his career” — Milano Finaza & M le Monde

“How Kris van Assche helped invent the modern man.” — The Face Press

Embracing 20 years in fashion as a designer and Creative Director at Dior Homme, Berluti and his namesake label, Kris Van Assche reflects on his output: 55 collections, manifold collaborations with renowned artists and a constant oeuvre that conveys his identity. Designed by the illustrious art directors M/M (Paris), Kris Van Assche: 55 Collections is a visual compendium, gathered in a complete chronology.

The new scholarly series Van Gogh Studies offers an international platform for research into nineteenth century, West European art history. The contributions focus on Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries and are written by internationally acclaimed scholars and provide a richly variegated impression of this area of study. The first issue reveals the diversity of the Eminence grise series. Robert Herbert presents a major study about decorative arts; the nineteenth century French art market and the Salon system is the centrepiece of Robert Jensen and David Galenson’s contribution, while Elise Eckermann, June Hargrove and Caroline Boyle-Turner provide remarkable monographs about Gauguin as a painter and sculptor. Joan Greer elucidates in great detail on the publication of Van Gogh’s letters in the Flemish journal Van Nu en Straks (Today and Tomorrow) in 1893,while Louis van Tilborgh researches and dates Van Gogh’s stay in French painter Fernand Cormon’s studio.

Vincent van Gogh’s short, passionate life was driven by an almost unimaginable creative energy that eventually overwhelmed him. The outlines of his story – the early strivings in Holland and Paris, the revelatory impact of the move to Provence, the attacks of madness that led ineluctably to his suicide – are almost as familiar as the paintings. Yet it is more than possible that neither the paintings nor Van Gogh’s story would have survived at all if it had not been for his remarkable sister-in-law, Jo van Gogh-Bonger. After Vincent’s death and that of her husband, his brother Theo, Jo devoted her life to preserving and exhibiting the paintings, and editing the letters. It is in her short and unaccountably neglected biography that we can come closest to Vincent the man.

“Inès van den Kieboom paints in a remarkably anticyclical manner. Through the calm, unassuming conviction with which she pursues her artistic goals, as well as through her archaic, supratemporal pictorial in­ventions, she shows the present what art really is – and what it has the potential to be.” — Markus Stegmann

Inès van den Kieboom (b. 1930 in Ostend; lives and works in Antwerp) has been painting since the 1960s, yet she only decided to exhibit her paintings in the last two years. Van den Kieboom mainly finds inspiration for her works in her everyday surroundings, but also in art history, popular culture and current affairs. She paints or draws her subjects through the filter of her memories or impressions, which she depicts figuratively, abstracted to their essence. Van den Kieboom’s self-assured, lively and energetic paintings offer new perspectives on the way we observe the world.
In collaboration with Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp, where the artist’s retrospective runs from 23 March to 20 May 2023.
With text contributions by Petra Maclot and Markus Stegmann.

Text in English, French and Dutch.

From the fringes of society to the envy-inducing images on social media, how and why has vanlife become more popular than ever before? What does this tell us about our love of travel and our ideas of home? And how do camper vans address issues of minimalism, freedom and sustainability? The creators of The Rolling Home journal bring you a timely, attractively priced paperback re-issue of The Complete Vanlife Book, with essays, interviews, illustrations, and photographs that tell you everything you need to know about vanlife culture. On a practical level, the authors impart the basics of compact interior design and van conversions, along with inspiring personal accounts of living and travelling by van.

With an impressive career of over 40 years that has resulted in the installation of large-scale art projects in numerous public spaces, artist/sculptor Luk Van Soom needs no further introduction in Belgium and the Netherlands. This beautifully designed art book is a first retrospective on his life and career. In a series of discussions and interviews with the artist, author Johan Pas sheds some light on the influences, philosophy, thinking and themes that have been vital for Van Soom’s artistic development: the relation between life and passion, travel and art, etc. Together, these texts present a kaleidoscopic image of Luk Van Soom’s life and work that is just as multifaceted and compelling as his art. At the age of seventeen Van Soom took his first tentative steps as an artist. Now 40 years later, he has an impressive curriculum including many exhibitions, commissions and projects both in his home country and abroad. Moreover, he created more than 50 monumental works for the public space in Belgium and the Netherlands, among which some very well know sights, such as Walhalla (1993, Antwerp), The Man from Atlantis (2003, Brussels), The Wharfinger (2005, Zwolle) and Walking to Magdalena (2012, Ostend). Text in English and Dutch.

An ‘atypical’ Flemish primitive unravelled: Hugo van der Goes

In this fascinating introduction to the work and life of Flemish Primitive Hugo van der Goes (c. 1440–1482/1483), several experts and researchers shed light on the virtuosity of the master himself. The Death of the Virgin is one of the most important works in Musea Brugge’s world-renowned collection of Early Netherlandish painting. After an intensive five-year restoration, the masterpiece has come into its own again, with many brilliant elements, a bright colour palette and newly uncovered details. Face to Face with Hugo van der Goes – Old Master, New Interpretation offers an insight into the timeless yet contemporary character of the masterpiece and pays attention to the iconic value of a work waiting to be discovered.

With text contributions by Matthias Depoorter, Lieven De Visch, Marijn Everaarts, Sibylla Goegebuer, Griet Steyaert and Anne van Oosterwijk.

The artist book Marcel van Eeden – 1898 is being published to coincide with the Hans Thoma Prize 2023. The prizewinner, Marcel van Eeden (b. 1965), explores Thoma’s little-known travels to the Netherlands in 1898. He reflects on Thoma’s analysis of Rembrandt van Rijn or Paulus Potter, under the problematic influence of the cultural theorist Julius Langbehn. Present-day gum bichromate images of the places Thoma visited alongside historical quotes by Thoma and Langbehn result in a multifaceted, critical consideration of nationalistic views on culture.

Text in English and German.

This affectionate cultural guide celebrates 100 icons that make Belgium different from any other country. In 100 short, informative texts, the author talks about food, people, places, traditions, inventions, buildings, and even expressions, that have shaped what he calls ‘the strangest country in the world’.
The author examines themes that are famously Belgian, like comic books, mussels served with fries, cycle racing, art nouveau architecture and rain. But he also looks at some of the off surprises of Belgian life, including vertical archery, grandmothers’ cooking, pigeon racing and the everyday expression ‘non peut-étre’ (no maybe).
You will find out about the monks who brew the best beer in the world, the largest dinosaur collection ever found, the longest tram ride in the world, the curious charm of ugly Belgian houses, and how a country can survive without a government for more than 500 days.
This book is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to Belgium, but a personal pick of the icons that make Belgium unique, along with a selection of useful addresses to visit. The texts are accompanied by 100 original illustrations by Antwerp illustrator Emma Verhagen that capture the unique sprit of Belgium.
In February 2018, an international jury of experts, having been appointed by the board of the association 100 Beste Plakate e.V. (The 100 Best Posters), met to once again evaluate all entries submitted to the annual competition. It has selected ground-breaking designs from the fields of advertising, corporate design, author graphics and poster design. Thus the outstanding creative achievements of well-established institutions, graphic design firms, ad agencies and of individual students enrolled at German-speaking universities or design schools throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be awarded. The diversity of this medium, which has managed to resist an ever encroaching digitalisation into its field, will be portrayed in this book – showcasing both its value as a means of public announcement and as a visual message bordering on fine art.
Following on from the competition 100 Best Posters 17 will present, in printed form, the prize-winning designs.
Text in English and German.

‘SONG’, a legendary fashion, art, and interiors concept store in Vienna was founded in the 1990s by Myung-il Song. As an early outpost of edgy design and emerging artists, it quickly became the city’s most popular platform for avant-garde fashion. This book presents a retrospective of the ‘SONG’ fashion archives, with clothing by Dirk Van Saene, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Stephen Jones, Kei Ninomiya, Paul Harnden Shoemakers, and Balenciaga. These unique and timeless pieces in Myung-il Song’s personal collection have been re-photographed and are published here together for the first time

A captivating journey through the collages of the legendary Antwerp-Six fashion designer, Walter Van Beirendonck. Dive into a selection of original and inspiring collages, tracing Van Beirendonck’s creative journey from his early days at the Antwerp Fashion Academy right up to the present. Cut the World Awake is a wild ride through Van Beirendonck’s imaginative evolution, showcasing his bold and boundary-pushing style like never before. Whether you’re a fashion fanatic or just love a good visual feast, this collection offers a vibrant glimpse into the mind of a true mastermind in fashion design.

Edward van Vliet is an international design company specialising in conceptual interior and product design for the corporate sector. The company has a strong focus on hospitality, urban residential, and office sectors. With proven expertise in design and consumer behaviour, Edward van Vliet throws down the gauntlet to the status quo, bringing a fresh mindset to the process of destination design. Specialising in designing premium tailored experiences and products for leading brands, Edward van Vliet delivers unique concepts worldwide which are consistent with the location, culture, and experience desired.

Foreword in English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese.

Antwerp artist Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) documents the pulsating life around the port of Antwerp at the turn of the twentieth century. Dockers, sack sewers, passengers, local communities and general labourers are the subjects of his lifelong fascination with Antwerp port. His affinity with his subjects makes his work direct and sincere and is unique in the genre of social realism. The port is one of the great gateways to the city, facilitating the constant movement of goods and people – migrations that are essential for the economy as well as for the evolution of people and society. Ports also are scenes of human tragedy, witnessing the forced emigration of families and communities fleeing persecution and poverty, as immortalised in the paintings and drawings of Eugeen Van Mieghem.

Antwerp has strong associations with Irish artists from the late nineteenth century. Many of these artists – including Roderic O’Conor, Walter Osborne and Norman Garstin – were attracted by the pioneering developments in art practice on the Continent, and travelled to Antwerp to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. The result was light-filled fleeting images painted out of doors, en plein air – a radical departure from the official teachings of the established art academies.

It is not known if Van Mieghem and any of those Irish artists ever came into contact with each other, but this exhibition shows for the first time Van Mieghem’s oeuvre alongside that of his Irish peers, proving yet again how vital are ongoing migrations of culture and people in illuminating and understanding our contemporary society.

Rinus Van de Velde (1983) has built up an extensive oeuvre of drawings, sculptures, installations and film. He is best known for his monumental works in charcoal. At the start of his career, however, he also created small drawings in colour pencil, a technique he reintroduced into his work in 2018. With these drawings, Van de Velde returns to a very classical and direct style of draughtsmanship with colour pencil on paper. His technical qualities receive optimal expression, and the work is often characterised by a high degree of realism.

Van de Velde chooses his visual material from a variety of sources, ranging from images from books, film stills and his own photographic material, to home-made staged scenes and characters that are reduced to a single image. In the process he explores the meaning of an image and how the existing meaning can evolve within an alternative narrative. He plays a game in which he constantly hovers between reality and fiction. Real events are transformed into a carefully constructed alternative universe in which every existing image still has complete freedom.

This is the first publication in which the colour drawings of Rinus Van de Velde are collected and interpreted.

The Potato Eaters is one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works. The artist himself described it in 1887 as ‘after all the best thing I did’. He completed it in the spring of 1885 while living with his parents in Nuenen after his brother Theo had asked him to paint a ‘masterwork’ for the Paris art market. Van Gogh’s fascination for peasant life led him to choose as his subject a scene of a simple meal by lamplight. He was convinced that ‘there’s life in it’, which was precisely what he was seeking. Bregje Gerritse, a researcher at the Van Gogh Museum, describes in this book how meticulously Van Gogh went about preparing The Potato Eaters. Through his preliminary studies and letters, we get to know an ambitious painter working constantly to improve his skills. We discover the details of his location, make the acquaintance of the figures in the painting and read how his friends and critics responded to a work that Van Gogh wanted so badly to be his artistic breakthrough.

Around 1900, both the ports of Antwerp and New York ranked high in the select group of world ports. The United States on the other side of the Atlantic was starting a period of unprecedented economic growth following the civil war. During a period of 60 years (1873 – 1934) the Red Star Line shipping company carried a million migrants to the new world. The assassination of Tsar alexander II of Russia in 1881 and subsequent anti-Jewish economic legislation resulted in a massive Jewish exodus. The worst pogroms took place in Kyiv, Odessa and Warsaw. Jews fled in large numbers. Flemish artist Eugeen van Mieghem (1875-1930) was an important witness to massive migration through the port of Antwerp. Numerous publications and exhibitions both in the United States and in Europe (the Jewish museums of Amsterdam, Prague and Budapest) turned van Mieghem into the internationally best-known interpreter of European migration to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

“Van Mieghem was a fine draftsman and colorist, whose long forgotten work evokes that of Van Gogh and Kathe Kollwitz. Now it seems to be slowly returning to art-world memory.” — (New York Times, 2006)

This publication is dedicated to projects by Marie-José Van Hee – from small interventions and furniture to award-winning outdoor spaces. Nine key projects are examined in detail, while various essays and an interview provide a comprehensive overview of her work. Furthermore, three photographers present Van Hee’s architecture from their personal perspectives, while three clients report on their lives and their impressive houses. The publication is rounded off by a small selection of Van Hee’s “black drawings”, affording insight into contextual relationships between architecture and nature, as well as an updated project list.

New, revised edition of the volume published in Belgium in 2019.

Text in English and German.