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©Athos Burez
©Athos Burez

Baroque Burez

01.06.2018 - 18.03.2019

As part of ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018: Rubens as an inspiration’, the MAS welcomed the photographer and artist Athos Burez. With 30 images and installations, he shared his own unique and contemporary view on different genres from the style period: still lifes, portraits, landscapes and interiors.

Burez' work is characterised by an almost surrealist view of familiar images, often giving the impression that his photographs float between two worlds. In this exhibition, he joined old Baroque aspects with elements of contemporary imagery by means of an often contrasting approach. As a result, a completely new and unique Baroque image culture arose where the abundance and diversity of the period is tangible yet everything seamlessly came together as if in a collage. It was the first time that Athos' work was exhibited in a solo exhibition in Antwerp.


Athos Burez studied in Ghent: after obtaining a Fine Arts degree at Sint-Lucas, he studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Over the last few years, he has put together an impressive portfolio of photographs with assignments not only for De Morgen, Elle and De Standaard Magazine but also for brands such as Nike, Levi’s and Café Costume. As a result of this, many well-known individuals like Rinus van de Velde, Stromae, Gabriel Rios, Daan and Matteo Simoni have already posed in front of his lens. 

The influence of painting is never far away in Athos' work, however, his sense of freedom is greater with a camera than with a paint brush. Even before the picture has been taken, he builds the image accurately and consciously with attention to framing, lighting and the composition of his installations. That is, after all, where he succeeds in creating his typical, surreal yet tangible atmosphere. The new world which he has thus created, challenges the viewer's imagination, often with a touch of humour. More than once his work has been exhibited in a duo or group exhibition, but this time it could be admired in a solo exhibition in Antwerp.

Baroque Burez

  • From 1 June 2018 to 18 March 2019

Antwerp Baroque 2018

The cultural city festival ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ payed homage to Peter Paul Rubens and his Baroque, cultural heritage. During the festival, the spotlight was on Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most influential artists ever and the most famous inhabitant of Antwerp. He personifies the Baroque period and is an important source of inspiration for contemporary artists and the atypical lifestyle of the city and its inhabitants. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ told a story about the Baroque, in the past and the present, and created a dialogue between historic Baroque and the work of contemporary artists. With the city of Antwerp and the world as its décor. ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ was a key event in VisitFlanders' Flemish Masters programme. From June 2018 to January 2019 in Antwerp.

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