jan dries

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  • Born on 8 December 1925 in Mol (B)
  • Deceased on 25 November 2014 (Honorary Cemetery Schoonselhof, Antwerp)
  • Lived and worked in Antwerp, Zoersel (BE) and Carrara (IT)
1933 — 1945follows music lessons and gives concerts (clarinet)
1941 — 1947follows drawing lessons at Mol Art School
1942 — 1948works part-time as photographer and becomes fascinated by light
1947 — 1949studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
1949receives the Bugatti Prize for sculpture
1949 — 1955studies at the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts Antwerp
1950becomes a founding member of cultural society Nevelvlek; participates in magazine Het Kahier
1951receives the mastery prize for monumental art
1952makes a study trip to Italy
1955works in a studio at the Raapstraat (Antwerp), which becomes a meeting place for artists
1957receives a bronze medal for ceramics from the city of Liège
1958becomes a founding member of the G58-Hessenhuis artists group Antwerp
1958receives a gold medal on Expo 58 World’s Fair, Brussels
1958makes a study trip to Spain and North Africa
1960becomes a member of Nieuwe Vlaamse School (New Flemish School) artists group Antwerp
1962studies at the Scuola del Marmo in Carrara (IT)
1965is invited by the Henraux Foundation, Querceta (IT)
1970 — 1972receives the prize for best exhibition, awarded by art critics
1972is made Knight in the Order of Leopold II
1972 — 1974receives the prize for best exhibition, awarded by art critics
1974makes the “meditative space self-being”, integrated at Middelheim Museum Antwerp
1979 — 1980receives invitation for “Symposium Blanc Vencac” near Belgrade (RS)
1985 — 1986integrates “meditative space self-being” as a public square in Antwerp
1986receives the lifetime achievement award by the Flemish Government
1987is made Knight in the Order of the Crown
2016becomes Honorary Citizen of Zoersel
2019re-fabrication meditative space self-being in Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp

selection of exhibitions in Belgium

1955Ghent, Design Museum
1956Antwerp, Cercle Artistique
1958Antwerp Hessenhuis, first exhibition of G58 artists group
1959Ostend, Museum of Fine Arts
1960Antwerp, CAW, Nieuwe Vlaamse School
1961Antwerp, Middelheim Museum, Biennale
1961Ghent, St. Peter’s Abbey, Forum 61
1961Tongeren, Gallo-Roman Museum
1962Antwerp, Ad Libitum Gallery
1963Gent, St. Peter’s Abbey, Forum 63
1965Antwerp, Middelheim Museum, Biennale
1968Brussels, Accent Gallery
1969Brussels, Bozar
1971Antwerp, Jeanne Buytaert Gallery
1973Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, G58-Hessenhuis
1973Antwerp, ICC, Biënnale van de Kritiek
1974Antwerp, Middelheim Museum, Belgian Sculpture
1976Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Aspect 2
1977Kessel, De Dobbelhoef Gallery
1978Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Eros and Fertility
1979Gent, St. Peter’s Abbey, The Sixties – Art in Belgium
1980Brussels, Royal Museum of Fine Arts,150 Years of Belgian Art in the Collection
1981Ghent, Design Museum, Ceramics in Belgium ’45-’60
1983Antwerp, De Groote Witte Arend Gallery
1984Brussels, Bozar, Retrospective
1986Puurs, Schaliënhoeve Gallery
1987Antwerp, Gallery XXI
1988Beerse, Janssen Pharmaceutics
1989Brussels, Bozar, Belfius Bank Art Collection
1992Brussels, Amarylis Gallery
1993Turnhout, CC De Warande, The Museum
1995Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, in collaboration with ’t Leerhuys Gallery Bruges
1998Mechelen, CC A. Spinoy, an artifice on 1968
1999Antwerp, Het Elzenveld – Sint-Jorispand
2002Zoersel, De Bijl House of Culture
2008Mechelen, City Museums, From Your Time? Artifices on ’58
2010Bornem, non-profit organization Monumental, Without Label
2012Antwerp, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, New Art in Antwerp 1958-1962: The Attic Myth
2013Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Koningin Fabiolazaal, The Moderns
2015Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Koningin Fabiolazaal, The Moderns Selected
2016Zoersel, De Bijl House of Culture, lifetime achievement exhibition “Jan Dries be-licht”
2016Antwerp, Callewaert-Vanlangendonck Gallery
2016Brussels, Belfius Bank Art Gallery, Recollection, Art & Fashion
2016Schilde, Museum Albert Van Dyck, selection from the Province of Antwerp collection
2017Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts at MAS, Encounters of a Future Kind
2017G58 & ZERO, Europeans avant la lettre, Campo, Antwerp
2017Brussels, La Patinoire Royale, Sculpting Belgium
2018Antwerp, Callewaert-Vanlangendonck Gallery, about 60 years G58-Hessenhuis
2018Antwerp, DIVA Museum, Room of Wonder 1 - Axel Vervoordt
2019Brussels, Belfius Bank Art Gallery, Magma Cloud Ashes
2019Antwerp, Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery, Jan Dries – 'It is as light as it is dark'
2019Brussels, La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie Bach, Jan Dries – ‘infinite end'
2019Antwerp, Middelheimmuseum, re-fabrication meditative space self-being, and opening new collection pavilion
2020Antwerp, Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery, Cercle et Carré
2021Ostend, MuZee, Trance-Action, a meditative stroll through the collection
2021Antwerp, Callewaert-Vanlangendonck Gallery, Inner Circle

selection of exhibitions abroad

1955Addis Abbeba (ET) – Hilversum (NL) – Londen (UK) – Paris (FR)
1956Rotterdam (NL), Het Venster Gallery
1957Berlin (DE) – Rotterdam (NL) – Stockholm (SE) – Utrecht (NL)
1959Milan (IT), Galleria Pagani – Nuove Tendenze Belgi
1960Milan (IT) – Paris (FR)
1960Rotterdam (NL), Delta Gallery
1962Carrara (IT), Biennale Internazionale di Scultura
1963Frankfurt (DE), D. Gallery, Europäische Avantgarde
1964Firenze (IT), Galleria d’Arte Numero, Mostra Internazionale d’Arte d’Avanguardia
1966Rotterdam (NL), Rotterdam Art Foundation, 8 from Antwerp
1973Maastricht (NL), Bonnefantenmuseum, Young Sculpture from Belgium
1974Reims (FR), Musées de Reims, Art belge contemporain
1975Cologne (DE), Das Belgisches Haus
1976Paris (FR), La Derive Gallery
1978Düsseldorf (DE), Kunstpalast Ehrenhof
1980Belgrade (RS), small sculptures, on occasion of the General Unesco Conference
1981Breda (NL), De Raam Gallery
1982Le Havre (FR), Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rencontre 82, l’Art belge depuis 1945
1986Venlo (NL), Van Bommel Van Dam Museum
1988Utrecht (NL), Museum of Contemporary Art
1993Le Paradou (FR), L’Espace d’art du Paradou
1995Saint-Setiers (FR), La Pommerie Cultural Centre
1995Arhus (DK), Musikhuset, in collaboration with Euro-Marmo-Scultura
1998Neuchâtel (CH), Palazzo delle Esposizione
1998Berlin (DE), Willy Brandt Haus
2001Düsseldorf (DE), Dresdner Bank, Metafisica della Forma
2001Geneva (CH), UN building, Metafisica della Forma
2014Würzburg (DE), Museum im Kulturspeicher, Weiß - Aspekte einer Farbe in Moderne und Gegenwart
2015Würzburg (DE), Museum im Kulturspeicher, Rendezvous der Länder – Neupräsentation der Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945
2015Venice (IT), Biennale, Palazzo Fortuny, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation, Proportio
2018Shanghai (CN), Natural History Museum, From Natural Wonders to Art Treasures
2018Flassans-sur-Issole (FR), Galerie et parc de sculpture de la Commanderie Peyrassol, Surfaces à Face(s)
2020 — 2023The Hague (NL), Embassy of Belgium, i.c.w. National Bank of Belgium


  • Antwerp University – UFSIA
  • Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation, Wijnegem (BE)
  • Belfius Bank, Brussels
  • BNP-Paribas-Fortis Bank, Brussels
  • Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / La Louvière
  • Chateau Malescasse, Lamarque (F)
  • Cinema Astrid, Antwerp
  • City of Belgrade (ex-YU)
  • City of Rotterdam (NL)
  • Cockerill Shipyards, Ougrée
  • De Lijn, Antwerp
  • Fibac, Berchem
  • Flemish Community
  • Flemish Community, Ferraris Building, Brussels
  • Province of Antwerp
  • Janssen Pharmaceutics, Beerse
  • KLM, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Magritte Museum, Brussels
  • MBZ nv – Port Authority, Zeebrugge
  • Middelheim Museum, Antwerp
  • Mol Municipality
  • Mondriaanhouse, Amersfoort (NL)
  • Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen (NL)
  • Museum Het Sterckshof, Antwerpen
  • Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (D), collection Peter Ruppert
  • Muzee Museum, Ostend
  • National Bank of Belgium, Brussels
  • OCMW, City of Antwerp
  • Permeke Library, Antwerp
  • Penitentiairy Center, Bruges
  • Philips Eindhoven/Amsterdam (NL)
  • Proctor & Gamble, European Technical Center, Brussels
  • Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
  • Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • SCK-CEN, Mol
  • Sint-Lievenscollege, Gent
  • SMH Omega, Brussels
  • Town Musea, Kortrijk
  • Zoersel Municipality
  • Numerous private collections in Belgium and abroad