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Bert Danckaert Enters The Victoria and Albert Museum


Roberto Polo Gallery proudly announces that four photographs, Simple Present 67 (Beijing), Simple Present 298 (New York), Simple Present 402 (Havana) and Simple Present 404 (Havana) by Bert Danckaert have entered the legendary collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Bert Danckaert is a Belgian photographer. He is a laureate of the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he teaches. Bert Danckaert is also a writer on photography. His articles are published regularly in several reputed periodicals. Bert Danckaert's work is represented in museum and private collections. He has exhibited in international institutions, photography and contemporary art events.

Bert Danckaert's series Simple Present dates from 2007 to 2013. The photographer drew the images from eighteen cities in five continents. Depending on the spectator's empathy, Bert Danckaert's images may be read either on a formal or a documentary level, or both. He turns ordinary and often unrecognisable fragments of urban reality into extraordinary images that reveal a profound knowledge and understanding of the history of modern art, especially its painterly, narrative, conceptual and constructivist currents. According to Inge Henneman, former curator of the Museum of Photography in Antwerp and professor of the history of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the same city:
"Bert Danckaert's bizarre cityscapes deal with the paradox of non-figurative simplicity, as well as with the complexity of meaning and metaphor. His 'urban still-lives' breathe a kind of strangeness that can only emanate from the familiar. 'Found' sidewalks, walls, and street furniture refer more to minimalist art than to the conventions of documentary photography. In his absurd compositions, a recognisable and banal reality appears as a stage set, props and trompe-l'œil included..."

The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world's largest museums, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million works of art. It was founded in 1852, and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as 'Albertopolis', due to its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001.

Extended on over 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) and throughout 145 galleries, the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum span 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. Its holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture. Its collections of Italian Renaissance works of art being the largest outside of Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramic and metalwork, while the Islamic collection is amongst the largest in the Western world.