Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (also known as AMVK) is an artist of singular complexity. Born in 1951 in Antwerp, where she still lives and works, she has been active since the 1970s as a visual artist, graphic designer and performer. She has always been a pioneer. She should, first and foremost, be considered an artist for the future. AMVK’s practice is truly interdisciplinary.

M HKA wants to introduce Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven to a wider audience as an innovator of forms and interpreter of moods - as oxygen of the whole society.

Bathyle De La Deschenières

(c)image: AMVK
01 April - 23 April 2011
Boetiek Bensimon, Antwerpen

Bathyle de la Deschenières” is the main character in "La Belle et le Manant", published in n° 45  of the periodical Regal. Regal is a gentlemen's magazine from the 1950s, from which Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven took her inspiration to create a series of works, with which she is still occupied.

She selected 10 layouts from the magazine and used them to create computer designs on plexiglass. Her current primary manner of work is reusing double pages from these magazines and to transform them into larger works. She starts out with computer prints and then continues creating them by hand. The series concerns fantasies, confusion, reality, utopia in decline and psychosis.

For the installation, various works inspired by the subject “Bathyle de la Deschenières” will be exhibited in the Bensimon shop, located at Steenhouwersvest 40 in Antwerp.