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Koen Broucke

Visual artist

Koen Broucke (1965) is an extremely versatile artist. Koen Broucke knows how to give shape to his unique universe through image, text and music and the result is incredibly fascinating. Alternating between reality and imagination, historical facts and fantasy, a self-written scenario in which historical figures and fictional characters is brought to life in his work. With his drawings, paintings and performances Koen Broucke has developed a magnificent but also a very distinctive personal style, guaranteeing him a very special place in the landscape of contemporary Belgian art.


Koen Broucke (1965) is a Belgian visual artist, historian, pianist and performer. He creates paintings, drawings, publications, installations, music, performances and videos. His work is included in the collections of among others the Stedelijk Museum Het Domein in Sittard, the Vincent Van GoghHuis in Zundert (NL), the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prentenkabinet in Antwerpen, the Museum Dr. Guislain and the S.M.A.K. in Gent, the Musée de la Vie Wallonne in Liège, the Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma (FI)…

A strong interest in texts and research is peculiar to Koen Broucke’s work. In 2019, he became a ‘Doctor of the arts’ with the research ‘The rosy gloom of battle overhead’, An artistic research into the atmospheric layers of history (KU Leuven, LUCA School of Arts, Glasgow School of Art, 2014-2019) which resulted in a book and an exhibition at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens/Woning Van Wassenhove. In 2021, the S.M.A.K. (Gent) showed his installation ‘The Library’. That same year, he published ‘The memory of snow, painted diary 2013-2021’ (Artha, Art & Heritage Books). In 2022, he illustrated ‘Boerenpsalm’ by Felix Timmermans (Standaard Uitgeverij) and ‘Het land tussen de Talen’ by Stefan Zweig (Van Oorschot).

Koen Broucke loves collaborations. He regularly appears on stage with musicians such as Jan Michiels, Piet Van Bockstal, Britt Truyts, Geert Hellings and Mauro Pawlowski. Together with Koen Peeters, Peter Holvoet-Hanssen and Pascal Verbeken, he made the book ‘Miavoye’ (De Bezige Bij, 2014) about the dead of Flemish main poet Paul Van Ostaijen. With Koen Peeters, he created ‘Room in Ostend’, an exhibition at Mu.ZEE and a performance at ‘Theater aan Zee’ in 2018 and a book in 2019.

2013-2019: Doctor of the Arts (PHD) – KU Leuven
1994: Laureate – Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen
1987: Master History – Universiteit Antwerpen & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2018-2019: Academia Belgica, Roma (IT)
2015: Isola Comacinea (IT)
2014: Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee
2013: Atelier Richard Roland Holst, Zundert (NL)
2011: Van Gogh huis, Zundert (NL)
2005: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)
2005: Raumars, Rauma (IT)
1997: Isola Comacinea (IT)
1992-1993: Academia Belgica, Roma (IT)

Solo exhibitions

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Group exhibitions

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2023: De archeologie van het schilderij – Villa Les Zéphyrs, Westende
2022: De ruïne Europa, Het kleine land tussen de talen: Stefan Zweig in België – Universiteit Gent
2016: De historische sensatie – LUCA, KU Leuven
201:6 The Epiphany of HMS Hampshire – Glasgow School of Art, Westminster University, London
201:6 The Historical Sensation. About a Helmet with two Bullet Holes, a Skull with a Dent and dead Rabbits – Glasgow School of Art, LUCA, Gent
2015: Many Ways to Scapa Flow – Bau College, Barcelona

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