BERT DANCKAERT AND MICHAËL DE KOK ENTER THE NEW ART GALLERY WALSALL
Roberto Polo Gallery proudly announces that two photographs, Simple Present 591 (Guangzhou) and Simple Present 707 (Guangzhou) by Bert Danckaert, and
two paintings, Memory and Valley by Michael de Kok, have entered the permanent
collections of The New Art Gallery Walsall.
Stephen Snoddy is the Director of this prestigious and innovative British museum of modern and contemporary art. He was formerly the Director of the BALTIC, Founding Director of Milton Keynes Gallery, as well as Director of Southampton City Art Gallery, and has worked with such artists as Giuseppe Penone, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofil, Annette Messager, John Baldessari and Gilbert & George.
Bert Danckaert (1965) is a Belgian photographer. He studied at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts (NHISK) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASKA) in Antwerp. He now teaches photography at the latter. Danckaert is also a writer on photography. His articles are published regularly in several reputed periodicals. Danckaert’s work is represented in museum and private collections. He has exhibited in many international museums and manifestations.
Depending on the spectator’s empathy, Danckaert’s images may be read either at formal or documentary levels, or both. Danckaert turns ordinary, 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.
Michaël de Kok (1958) is a Dutch painter trained at the prestigious Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Along with Bert De Beul, Karin Hanssen and Luc Tuymans, De Kok is part of the second generation of Antwerp narrative painters. Since 1986, he has exhibited regularly in European and American museums, as well as galleries. His work is in private and institutional collections.
Michaël de Kok’s paintings are disturbing. They are not objective representations of landscapes. De Kok does not paint from nature or photographs, but rather, from memory, with all the emptiness and plenitude that it implies.
Transformed by the prism of memory, Michaël de Kok's oneiric landscapes stimulate our perceptive eye, interrogating us with regard to the frontiers of reality.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is located in the West Midlands region of England. Its collections count nearly 4 000 works by masters such as John Constable, Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, JMW Turner and Vincent Van Gogh. The museum has presented major solo exhibitions of prominent artists, such as Damien Hirst, Christopher Le Brun, Richard Long, Chiharu Shiota, Gavin Turk and Joana Vasconcelos. A dynamic space, receiving around 200 000 visitors per year, The New Art Gallery Walsall is a platform for international avant-garde artists and education. Following an international architectural competition, The New Art Gallery Walsall was designed by architects Peter St. John and Adam Caruso. Recipient of GBP£ 15 750 000 from the United Kingdom's National Lottery, its construction began in 1997 and it was inaugurated in the year 2000 at a cost of GBP£ 21 000 000. This masterpiece of contemporary architecture has 5 000 square metres of interior surface distributed over five floors.