There aren’t many aesthetic decisions [in my work] whose origins do not lie in content. An elevator pitch, during which you need to explain the ideas behind your work in a matter of minutes, well, I don’t have to do that at all. I enjoy the fact that there are many layers and openings, and only the tip of the iceberg is revealed. My work is a visual ready meal, but I take pleasure in filling it with oodles of information. Not everything needs to be explained. – Kasper Bosmans
Known for his multifaceted and divergent approach to art making, with works that range from sculpture and installation to painting and drawing, Kasper Bosmans’ practice is a complex concoction of high art and literature, popular culture, mythology and anthropology, viewed through a queer and playfully minimalist lens that subversively observes and reinvents narratives that dominate the world around us.
Taking an editorial approach, Bosmans cuts, pastes and brings together these anecdotes and stories, which traverse all histories, cultures and societies, and identifies off-beat, idiosyncratic and poetic resonances that bind form and meaning together in what is essentially a conceptual practice. Nothing is off-limits for Bosmans, who has a particular soft spot for more obscure, queer and marginalized anecdotes, from stories of cross-dressing saints to examples of celibacy and monogamy in the animal kingdom.
Bosmans prods, pokes and teases out connections in his work that are significant to his personal world, but the resulting narratives cannot help but take on a universal resonance.
Kasper Bosmans (b. 1990, Lommel, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels.
Bosmans’ solo shows include: De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2023 & 2021); Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2022); WIELS, Brussels (2022); Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2021); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2020 & 2018); De Hallen, Haarlem (2017); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2016); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2016); Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels (2016); CIAP, Hasselt (2016); Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2016); Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2015).
Further, his work was part of institutional exhibitions: Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2023); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2023); CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2022); De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2021); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2020); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2020); GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2020); M HKA, Antwerp (2020, 2017, 2014 & 2013); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2019); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2019); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019); Luma Westbau, Zürich (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, (2018); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2017); BOZAR, Brussels (2015); WIELS, Brussels (2015); Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2014); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2014).
Kasper Bosmans, Creatures, 2022July 14, 2023
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 4/11/2023 São PauloLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 11/11/2023 Casa IramaiaLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
CreaturesKasper Bosmans 27/08 - 5/11/2022 São PauloMendes Wood DM is proud to present Creatures, Kasper Bosmans’ first solo exhibition in South America, in its new gallery space in Sao Paulo. Known for his multifaceted and divergent...
Neither., curated by Fernanda BrennerGroup Show 18/04 - 17/06/2017 BrusselsAdriano Costa, Sonia Gomes, Lucas Arruda, Luiz Roque, Patricia Leite, Paloma Bosquê, Mariana Castillo Deball, Nina Canell, Kasper Bosmans, Fernando Marques Penteado, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Michael Dean, Erika Verzutti, Otobong Nkanga,...
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