Koenraad Dedobbeleer

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer

Last December, Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer received the Mies van der Rohe Stipendium 2009, awarded by the city of Krefeld, Germany. It grants the artist the opportunity to occupy the studio in Haus Esters, the celebrated design by Mies, and to ultimately develop a project for the building, which, with its domestically sized and spatially ingenious interior, is widely considered a superb exhibition space. It certainly befits the work of Dedobbeleer. In the past decade, the artist has made sculptures and installations with a wide range of familiar objects and everyday domestic materials, such as furniture, clothes hangers, tubes, and piping. Dedobbeleer freely manipulates, transforms, and reconfigures these into poetic assemblages and surprising compositions. While the works have been meticulously constructed, they nevertheless cultivate a certain clumsiness; despite the works’

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