Bart Ramakers

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Bart Ramakers at the Salon de la Photo, Paris 2017

Bart Ramakers (born 1963) is a Belgian artist and art curator. He is known for the staged photographs in which he creates a "mythology for a new world". His works also include video and sculpture.[1][2]

Ramakers reworks classic mythological and religious themes in the light of actuality: gender equality, environment, and solidarity, often with a nod to art history.[3] His collaborations include Panamarenko, [[Tom HeTom Herckrck]], William Sweetlove, Cecilia Paredes among others.[4]

Life and work[edit]

Ramakers was born in 1963, near Maaseik, and was influenced by his father, an art amateur. He studied drawing at the academies of Maaseik and Maasmechelen and history at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. During his studies, he was active as a cartoonist, illustrator and graphical artist in several student publications, such as Veto.[5] After graduating, Ramakers worked in advertising and marketing until he started his artistic career in 2009.[6][7]

Selected projects[edit]

  • The Apotheosis of Flora, for the D'Ursel Castle and De Notelaer in Hingene, 2013[8]
  • Strangers in the Night, 2014[9]
  • A Divine Comedy, 2016[10]
  • The Anatomy of Beauty, 2017[11]
  • Autopia - Automats for a New World, 2018[12]
  • Flora and the Water Warriors, with William Sweetlove, 2019[13]
  • The Bride Unveiled, 2021[14]
  • Sandwiched, 2022[15]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • Sweet 18, in the Castle d'Ursel, 2015[16]
  • Autopia, in Wilford X Temse, 2018[17]
  • Weill ich ein Mädchen bin, Odapark Venray, 2018[18]
  • Anastasia, with William Sweetlove and Roel Stels, Lier, 2020[19]

Group exhibitions curated by Bart Ramakers include:

Publications[edit]

Bart Ramakers' work is published in the books:[22]

  • Trouble in Paradise, 2015[23][24]
  • Revelations, 2018[25]
  • Flora and the Water Warriors, 2019[26]
  • The Bride Unveiled, 2021[27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bart Ramakers, FADDY Magazine, p. 82
  2. ^ Staging the Scene: Bart Ramakers’ exuberant dialogue with artistic heritage, Ghent University
  3. ^ Bart Ramakers : Scream of the Butterfly / Revelations, The Eye of Photography
  4. ^ Bart Ramakers , Comiclopedia
  5. ^ Cliquet, Thomas (2014). Wij maken het nieuws: de kritische pen van Veto: 40 jaar Leuvens studentenblad. Leuven: LannooCampus. ISBN 9789401421676.
  6. ^ "Normal Magazine | Bart Ramakers". Normal Magazine. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  7. ^ Stadeus, Geert (2018). Snoecks 2019. Snoecks Bv. p. 86-103. ISBN 9789077885482.
  8. ^ Wandelen langs apotheose van Flore, Het Nieuwsblad
  9. ^ Photo exhibition Bart Ramakers at hotel Le Berger, BRUZZ
  10. ^ Het nieuwe project van Bart Ramakers ‘Devine Comedy’ herziet religieuze en mythologische thema’s, TheArtCouch
  11. ^ Les femmes sensuelles de Bart Ramakers, Soirmag
  12. ^ Op de rand van het menselijke. Filosofisch-psychoanalytische impressies, p. 241
  13. ^ L’ « Art contemporain », à la Citadelle de Namur, jusqu’au 14 Juillet, Brussels Star
  14. ^ De bruid ontbloot – een avontuur met reporter Linlin, Hergé Genootschap
  15. ^ ‘Sandwiched’, Bart Ramakers brengt hedendaagse boodschap in traditioneel jasje, TheArtCouch
  16. ^ SWEET 18, Meer
  17. ^ Autopia: een unieke expo met zelfverzonnen machines, Het Nieuwsblad
  18. ^ Weil Ich Ein Mädchen Bin Jubileumexpo bij Odapark, venray.nieuws.nl
  19. ^ Galerijhouder opent pop-up in Timmermans-Opsomerhuis en droomt tegelijk van meer: “Graag permanent museum voor moderne kunst”, Het Laatste Nieuws
  20. ^ ‘We zijn allemaal familie van elkaar’, De Standaard
  21. ^ Hallelujah!, in Bree vieren kunstenaars de ‘verrijzenis’ na een moeilijke tijd, kunst-zetter
  22. ^ "Publications – Bart Ramakers". Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  23. ^ "Trouble in Paradise". Het Nieuwsblad (in Flemish). 9 September 2015. Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  24. ^ Hilderbrand, Elin (11 October 2020). "Book Review: Troubles in Paradise". Colloquium. Retrieved 4 March 2023.
  25. ^ Meyer, Frederic De. "Revelations", een overzicht van de persoonlijke mythologie van Bart Ramakers (in Flemish).
  26. ^ Meyer, Frederic De. "Een ongewone samenwerking, Bart Ramakers, William Sweetlove en hun "Flora and the Water Warriors"". theartcouch.be (in Flemish). Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  27. ^ Rogerklaassen, Door (13 April 2021). "The Bride Unveiled – Hergé Genootschap" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2023-02-25.
  28. ^ Joris, Yves. "Broer van kardinaal zoekt gesluierde bruid". theartcouch.be (in Flemish). Retrieved 2023-02-25.

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