Bernd Lohaus

From 1963 to 1966 Lohaus studied at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf under the guidance of his mentor Joseph Beuys. Together with Panamarenko, Hugo Heyman and Wout Vercammen, he was the publisher of the Happening New magazine from 1964 to 1965. In 1966, he married the art historian Anny de Decker. They moved to Antwerp, where they founded the avant-garde Wide White Space gallery in their home. It was here that Marcel Broodthaers exhibited in 1966 and Joseph Beuys in 1967. Panamarenko also showed his work here. The gallery closed in 1976. Bernd Lohaus mainly used wood, stone and paper in his work. On the pieces of wood that he found, Lohaus would add small things such as short texts, whereby the interaction between the objects in relation to each other and in relation to the space was of great importance. Lohaus also used language as an element in several of his works. In his work he would investigate the relationship between the artist, the viewer and the artwork. A large retrospective exhibition of his work was held in the S.M.A.K. in Ghent in 2005. Later, the exhibition travelled to the MuHKA and the Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp


04.02 to 13.05.2012
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