Preview
Archive
2020-2011
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010-2001
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000-1991
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990-1981
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer. A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing, installation view GAK Bremen 2014, Photo: Tobias Hübe

Koenraad Dedobbeleer
A Quarrel In A Faraway Country Between People Of Whom We Know Nothing

more images >
01.11.2014–25.01.2015

What is the essence of sculpture? What differentiates sculptural works from things like design, everyday objects, or architecture? Is there such a thing as an original artistic idea, or is everything somehow a variation or reproduction of something seen before or from what exists? These are some of the questions that Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer explores.

His work uncovers the surprising in the familiar. In his objects, installations, photographs and media projects, Dedobbeleer develops new perspectives on our collective knowledge, in the process calling for a new approach to its treatment. His works usually take their cue from situations or objects that he encounters in everyday life – particularly architectural aspects or objects used to shape our personal living space. Another important part of his approach are the artistic tradition of the avant-garde to which he often refers in his distortion of the familiar. He does this through minimal shifts in shape, size or materials, surprising combinations and bizarre, commanding titles. Similarly, he delights in surveying the structures of the art world, in playing with absurdity and irritations. With a wink, his works and installations turn the everyday upside down, give the inconspicuous an unexpected platform, and position themselves in a web of references to protagonists, works, and anecdotes of the history of art.

For his exhibition „A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing“ Dedobbeleer creates a varied walk through the exhibition space of the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst with sculptural works, architectural citations, slide projections and found material: Replicas of design classics and art works, books, and pictures draw together various, anecdotal aspects relevant to Dedobbeleer’s sculptural work. As a consequence „A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing“ creates a journey into Koenraad Dedobbeleer’s cosmos: into his work as an artist and at the same time into the references which feed his artistic thinking and bond with the visitor’s knowledge. This approach can also be seen in the artist book Compensating Transient Pleasurable Excitations that accompanies the exhibition (ROMA Publications, Amsterdam).

„A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing“ doesn’t distinguish between own work or that of another, or between work and document. Exhibition and accompanying publication rather propose the composite image of an “allegory on sculpture:” a conversation, both palpable and abstract, about the history and possibilities of the medium. Which specifications constitute sculpture, what is the threshold between material intervention, functionality and aesthetic value? Always present in Dedobbeleer’s approach, „A Quarrel in a Faraway Country Between People of Whom We Know Nothing“ brings these questions into the fore and creates an allegorical dialogue.

Koenraad Dedobbeeler was born 1975 in Halle, Belgium. His work was presented in solo exhibitions at De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2013), Le Crédac, Ivry-Sur-Seine (2013), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2012), Culturgest, Lisbon (2010), Haus Esters, Krefeld (2009) or Kunsthalle Bern (2008). Dedobbeleer were part of the Biennal in Brno (2014) and Porto Alegre (2013) and of group shows at Kunsthalle Wien (2014), Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (2012), Casino Luxemburg (2011), SMAK Ghent (2010), Kunsthalle Wiels, Brussels (2010), and MuKA Antwerp (2003). Moreover Koenraad Dedobbeleer curates exhibitions himself (Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, 2013, or Muzee Ostende, 2011) and publishes UP – a fanzine focusing on interesting architectures together with Kris Krimpe since 2006. He lives in Brussels.

Read more
01.11.2014–25.01.2015

Curated by
Janneke de Vries

In cooperation with Extra City, Antwerp

Publication

Koenraad Dedobbeleer. Compensating Transient Pleasurable Excitations (artist book, eds. Extra City Kunsthal, GAK, 2014)

Annual edition

Koenraad Dedobbeleer: One Took It on Faith That the Final Scientific Picture of the World Would Be Beautiful, 2014

Events

Fri 31.10.14, 7 pm
Opening

Thu 06.11.14, 11 am – 3 pm
Daily Life as Sculpture
Workshop für children

Thu 20.11.14, 7 pm
Guided tour with Janneke de Vries

Thu 27.11.14, 7 pm
Prof. Dr. Sabine Foraita: Art and/or Design – When Objects Oscillate between Borders
Lecture

Thu 11.12.14, 6.30 pm
Christine Heidemann: Do Something That They Don’t Understand. An introduction to the work of Koenraad Dedobbeleer
Lecture

Thu 05.01.15, 7 pm
Guided tour with Svea Kellner

Sun 25.01.15, 4 pm
Koenraad Dedobbeleer: Learning Through a Walk
Presentation of  journalistic projects (en)

Support

The Senator for Culture, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, The Flemish authorities, Hypo-Kulturstiftung

Back to top