Koen van den Broek. Tango in Paris

Koen van den Broek, 2022
Koen van den Broek, 2022
  • Date

    22/01/2022 26/03/2022
  • Location

    Philipp von Rosen Galerie, Cologne, DE

As in his previous exhibitions, the paintings in Koen van den Broek‘s exhibition Tango in Paris are based on photographs taken by the artist himself. This aspect, that he does not use images taken by third persons (and in this way does not delegate a part of the compositional image creation) and, also, that he does not include contents of third persons in his work, is important to him. By using his own images, van den Broek composes – on a formal level – the pictures the way he wants them to be. In the studio, from a large number of photographs, those images are selected that seem to him most suitable for a painting. In terms of content he marks on the world map the places where he has been, creates a visual diary. It is also noteworthy that the process of image creation is extremely extended by the use of the artist‘s own photographs, which are hardly changed, at most somewhat abstracted, and transferred into the paintings: The artworks are not created alone and only in the studio, but already on the road, on his travels and in his head.