HUGO ROELANDT – A Choice from the Archive

© Estate Hugo Roelandt - image: M HKA, 2017
09 February - 29 April 2018
M HKA, Antwerp

The Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt was one of the pioneers of performance art in Belgium in the 1970s and 1980s. He was an artist's artist who operated outside of the art market and had a keen eye for society. Combining his vision on photography and performance art, Roelandt developed a personal mixture of performance and installation art which he labeled as post performance.

Hugo Roelandt donated part of his legacy to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he taught photography. Both the Academy and his partner, Lydia Van Loock, decided to preserve the artist’s archive in its entirety as a research platform and donate it to the M HKA. The museum will use its knowledge and expertise to conserve and document the artist’s archive and make it accessible to contemporary artists, students, researchers and the general public. The archive runs from roughly 1973 to 2015, and this presentation starts with archive material from the 1970s.

In collaboration with Lydia Van Loock and Marc Holthof.

More information on the archive and research project is available on!