Philip Akkerman and Dennis Koot Exhibition

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BravinLee presents the portraits of Philip Akkerman in collaboration with graphic designer Dennis Koot. Koot has designed a series of framing elements in reaction to Akkerman’s paintings. The frame is often thought of as a delimiting device. But in the hands of Koot/Akkerman, the frame behaves like a portal extending the image into a new environmental surreal realm.

Philip Akkerman and BravinLee’s friendship and collaboration go back to the early days of the 1990’s. Certainly, the obsessional aspect of painting only easel-scaled self-portraits has been a convenient hook to explain and understand his work. Yet, this is only the jump-off point to understand his life pursuit. Akkerman says: “The meaning of life is making a self-portrait. Existence is a blind force, that only through mankind can see and contemplate itself.”

This is Philip Akkerman’s 6th solo exhibition at BravinLee. Born in Vaassen (NL) in 1957, Philip Akkerman lives and works in The Hague. His exhibitions includes, 2018 ‘series, series’ Philip Akkerman en Christiaan Kuitwaard, De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, Akkermania, Kunsthal, Rotterdam in 2011; 2010: Full Frontal, Mummery + Schnelle, London; Am I A Person?, BravinLee Programs, New York; I have become paint, Galerie Polaris, Paris; Nicky’s Schoenen- en Sleutelservice, The Hague. 2008: Mummery+Schnelle, London; Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art (with Tony Matelli), Knokke; Torch Gallery, Amsterdam. 2007: Guido Costa Projects, Torino. 2006: Bob van Orsouw, Zurich; De Hallen, Haarlem.



from March 21, 2019 to April 20, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-03-21 from 18:00 to 20:00

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