Now more than ever, it is important to remember that communal engagement with art is crucial in these challenging times. To the best of our ability, we are going to continue doing what we do best, which is to provide our community with beautiful works of art. For that reason, we are delighted to share with you that as of today Galerie Ron Mandos will be representing the acclaimed Belgian artist Koen van den Broek.

On Wednesday 15 April 2020 we will be welcoming you all to the opening of  The Beginning, Van den Broek’s inaugural solo-exhibition with Galerie Ron Mandos which will, due to our current reality, take place online in our recently launched GRM Online Viewing Room.


Born in 1973 in Bree, Belgium
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium

The work of the Belgian painter Koen van den Broek (1973, Bree BE) draws heavily on the imagery found in America’s urban landscapes. The artist photographs a slice of reality, which he then transforms into a painting. The process of painting renders the image more abstract: details are accentuated, superfluous elements ignored, light and shadow heightened. Perspectival lines and planes of colour break free from photographed reality to create a new pictorial tension. The abstracted image is particularly radical in two series: Flock, and Bird. This strategy infuses his oeuvre with echoes of the American wasteland, as much as it references the work of painters like Henri Matisse, Clyfford Still and Franz Kline.

Works by Koen van den Broek are represented in major public collections, including the LACMA, Los Angeles; SMAK, Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp; Busan Museum of Art, Busan; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennial (2015 & 2017); White Cube, London; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp and Brussels; Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul; Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Royal Academy, London; MAS, Antwerp, and Kunsthal, Rotterdam; His work can also be found in numerous public spaces in Belgium, such as the Hofkamer, Antwerp; ‘t Zilte, MAS, Antwerp; AZ Hospital, Sint-Maarten, and the Provinciehuis, Hasselt.