250 square meters in total space, the Collector’s House is a large, immersive place that may be freely entered and experienced. It is a peculiar Gesamtkunstwerk shaped and hand made from monochrome soft greyish plaster. The Collector’s House is made up of a neoclassical idea of a private room, a Wunderkammer-like lounge where the guests are the only colored element.
For the Collector’s House, Hans Op de Beeck developed a fictitious, monochrome, strange room focused around a centrally located pond. The artist creates an atmosphere that seems detached from our earthly perception of time. The space-filling work sensitizes our perception of the environment and nature by leaving behind conventional reference systems, losing our everyday relevance to time and finding ourselves in a meditative and multi-sensory situation.
Hans Op de Beeck writes about his art: “The works are a commentary on our tragicomic human condition, on how we manipulate our habitat on a small and a large scale in the manner of a stage set and how we try ours in this anthropomorphized environment averting their own irrelevance and mortality with rituals and habits.”
Hans Op de Beeck has evolved his career by worldwide exhibits during the last decade. His work includes sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories). It is Op de Beeck’s pursuit of the best way of delivering the definite subject matter of each individual work that determines the medium which the artist eventually chooses.
Op de Beeck currently works in both Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Over the last decade, Op de Beeck has mounted institution-based solo exhibitions at museums across the US and Europe, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2010), MOCA Cleveland (2014), and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2017).