Hanneke Beaumont

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biographical notes

« Who are we? What are we? Where are we going? ». Man’s perennial questions are echoed by Hanneke Beaumont’s work , but she also raises more specifically contemporary issues as in her cast iron sculpture «Abundance & Chaos». Many of her figures appear neither male nor female, neither young nor old. They do not appear as portraits of particular individuals, nor are they modelled after idealised human forms. Physically, they are approximations of human beings, and as such, they provide a way to consider, from a distance, general ideas about the nature of the human race. Their positions are not aggressive or provocative, but neither are they resigned. Fragile but strong, motionless but ready to move, these figures seem in a weightless spatial equilibrium - their human character tied to a string of thought. Dressed in timeless « clothes », partly structured material, intertwined with the body, they defy our perception without shocking our sensibility.

Hanneke Beaumont was born in Maastricht (Netherlands). After studying in the U.S., she returned to Europe and came to Belgium, where she still lives today. Beaumont started her artistic studies at the académie de Braine l’Alleud, then followed sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de La Cambre and at the Hogere Rijksschool voor Beeldende Kunsten in Anderlecht. She had her very first solo show in 1983. An important turn in her carrier happened in 1994 when she was awarded, for her sculpture group « Le Courage », the major award of the Centre International d’Art Contemporain Château Beychevelle. Shortly after, she participated in the second Exposiciòn Internacional de Esculturas en la Calle, organized by the Collegio de Arquitectos de Canarias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where her work was permanently installed. In 2005, the Museum Beelden aan Zee in The Hague presented an important retrospective of her work. More recently, in 2011, after artists such as Botero, Pomodoro, Mitoraj or Folon, Hanneke Beaumont was awarded the "Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo" award. The year 2013 was marked by two major Museum shows in the USA, first at the Frederik Meijers Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids (Michigan), later at the Baker Museum in Naples (Florida).

In Brussels, Beaumont's emblematic sculpture, titled «Stepping Forward» (height: 6m) is installed in front of the headquarters of the EU Council. Present in numerous public and private collections, Hanneke Beaumont today enjoys an international reputation while her work is exhibited worldwide: in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and more recently Asia and India.

The artist shares her work time between Middelburg (Netherlands), where in early 2015 she acquired a XVII'th century warehouse as studio and Pietrasanta, (Italy). Her sculptures are realized in terracotta, bronze or cast iron.

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awards & distinctions

2011

Hanneke Beaumont is awarded the "Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo" award., Pietrasanta, Italy

2006

Executes a monumental sculpture for the European Council of Ministers, installed in front of their new building., Brussels, Belgium

2000

Executes a monumental sculpture for the Régie des Bâtiments de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

1998

Invited to stay in the Centro di Studi Ligure per le Arti e le Lettere, Fondazione Bogliasco, Italy

1995

Installation of a monumental wok in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

1994

Winner of the Annual Grand Prix, Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Château Beychevelle, France

1994

Invited to take part in "Exposición internacional de Esculturas en la Calle", Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

1993

Invited to participate in the "Centre International d'Art Contemporain", Château Beychevelle, St Julien, France

1991 - 1992

Lauréate "Prix de la Sculpture Monumentale Alice et David van Buuren" Award, Musée van Buuren,, Brussels, Belgium

1987

"Prix Métiers d'Arts 1987", Céramique Art de Terre et de Feu, P. Van Humbeeck Museum, Leuven, Belgium

Selected collections

  • City of Eschborn, Germany
  • North Central Michigan College , USA
  • Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • City Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • City of Blankenbergen, Belgium
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie Joseph Déchelette, Roanne, France
  • Régie de Bâtiments - Belgian State, Belgium
  • Région de Bruxelles Capitale - Commune de Ganshoren, Belgium
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain Château Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France
  • La Royale Belge, Brussels, Belgium
  • Sheraton Airport Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
  • Société Générale de Banque de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
  • VP Bank Gruppe, Vaduz, Lichtenstein
  • Hôpital Universitaire Erasme, Brussels, Belgium
  • Brussels-Zaventem National Airport, Brussels, Belgium
  • Société Codic, Belgium
  • City of Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
  • City of Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France
  • Seven Flags Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut - USA
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  • European Counsel of Ministers., Brussels, Belgium
  • Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida, USA
  • Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece
  • City of Bad Homburg v.d.Höne, Germany