Richard Venlet

Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968
Scenography
S.M.A.K. – Ghent
2014
BE

Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968
Scenography
S.M.A.K. – Ghent
2014
BE

Sertificate
Installation
Galeria Estrany de la Mota – Barcelona
2014
ES

Sertificate
Installation
Galeria Estrany de la Mota – Barcelona
2014
ES

Museum for a Small City
The S.M.A.K. collection presented, (re)-viewed and (re)-visited
Exhibition
S.M.A.K. – Ghent
2013
BE

Museum for a Small City
The S.M.A.K. collection presented, (re)-viewed and (re)-visited
Exhibition
S.M.A.K. – Ghent
2013
BE

Shelter
Public place for private experience
i.c.w. Philippe Vander Maren
Route N16
2013
BE

Shelter
Public place for private experience
i.c.w. Philippe Vander Maren
Route N16
2013
BE

Atelier MF
Reconversion
i.c.w. Philippe Vander Maren
Brussels
2013
BE

© Filip Dujardin

Atelier MF
Reconversion
i.c.w. Philippe Vander Maren
Brussels
2013
BE

© Filip Dujardin

Perennial
Temporary auditorium
i.c.w. Michael Van den Abeele & Arnaud Hendrickx
Wiels – Brussels
2011
BE

Chapel
Integration
AZ Groeninge – Kortrijk
2010
BE

Open room
Integration
Huize Monnikenheide – Zoersel
2006
BE

CIT.CIT.
Platform & Treasury
Exhibition
Etablissement d’en Face – Brussels
2005
BE

The work of Brussels-based artist Richard Venlet combines sculpture, art history research, exhibition design and architecture. Venlet creates ‘environments’ out of spaces. His refined abstract aesthetics and the pragmatism of his oeuvre reach far beyond a simple formal reference to Modernism and Minimalism. Working in context-specific situations, he has produced numerous installations that incorporate the work of other artists and collaborators, forming composite and circuitous environments that are often whimsical reconfigurations of architectural space. By intervening in a space, the artist gives the viewer an experience of alienation; making him see his surroundings anew and occupy a vital part in it.

As an artist who deliberately intervenes with the architecture of an exhibition space, Venlet reaches further into architectural production through regular collaborations with architectural offices, such as OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and Philippe Vander Maren.

Richard Venlet was born in Australia in 1964 but now lives and works in Brussels. His work has been shown in numerous national and international galleries and museums, including: S.M.A.K. in Ghent, BOZAR in Brussels, Macba in Barcelona and FRAC in Paris among others.

Setting the Scene – text by Sam Steverlinck, in DAMN°49 magazine