°1965, Sint-Amandsberg (BE).
Lives and works in Antwerp (BE) and Glasgow (UK)
Koen Broucke is a Belgian visual artist and historian. After his history studies at the University of Antwerp and at the Free University of Brussels (1983 – 1987) he has got a scholarship at the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp (1991 – 1994). He created drawings, paintings, videos, books, installations and performances. He had exhibitions in museums and galleries all over Europe.
The work of Koen Broucke unfolds not clear or linear. His interest and research in art and history come together in his work. The works of Broucke are generally not intended to be viewed as individual works of art but are part of a self-created universe of characters and stories that he creates with a variety of ideas, techniques and media. In Broucke’s world fiction and reality interact, resulting in a work teeming with characters, stories and images.
The works of Koen Broucke are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prentenkabinet in Antwerp, Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, the Royal Library, Flemish Parliament and the Ministry of Education in Brussels, Museum Het Domein in Sittard and the Van GoghHuis in Zundert (The Netherlands), Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma (Finland) and many more. The project The Cabinet of Dr. Hahnemann, which was shown in the summer of 2006 in the Ghent Museum Dr. Guislain, was focused on the psyche of the artist. We could walk around in the office of the fictional psychiatrist Dr. Hahnemann, who treats artists, documents their diseases and collects their work.
In 2014 Broucke’s work was on display in Museum Dr.Guislain (Ghent) in the exhibition ‘War & Trauma’ and FeliXart Museum (Brussels) in a solo exhibition ‘Afterimage’, where his work was put in dialogue with works of Vincent Van Gogh and Belgian modernist artist Jan Cockx. On the occasion of his research on European battlefields and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Koen Broucke is preparing an exhibition ‘The Beauty of War’ at the Royal Library in Brussels (17.6-15.9.2015).
Broucke is also a performance artist. For several years he worked on the biography and works of various fictional artists. One of them is the megalomaniac, a somewhat eccentric imitator of Franz Liszt, who provides a concert time from time. This results in performances in which Broucke himself gets into the skin of his character, such as Liszt impersonator trying to restrain the piano in an expressive way (Our Travelling Circus Life, Pori Art Museum, Finland, 2005). A certain amount of humor in this work – but also in the rest of Broucke’s work – is never hard to find.