GRAPHIC DESIGN of Scheld’Apen by Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx & Bent Vande Sompele
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GRAPHIC DESIGN of Scheld’Apen by Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx and Bent Vande Sompele
From 1998 till 2013, a former railwaycanteen on d'Herbouvillekaai in Antwerp that was transformed into a cultural hub by youthful idealists, hoodlums and enthousiasts who called themselves Scheld'apen, was home to an eclectic stream of artists, with over 1300 events occurring in those 15 years, before inevitably being demolished by city expansion plans. All those events produced a flux of visual communication, an enormous flow of printed media that fascinated artists and Scheld’Apen aficionados Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx and Bent Vande Sompele. Collecting items and building upon an already existing physical archive, they decided to pour a selection of works into a book: Graphic Design of Scheld’Apen.
‘Graphic Design of Scheld’Apen’ is the result of two years of collecting, three archival residencies at Het Bos (the new home of the still existing Scheld’Apen organisation) and a short scanning residency at Frans Masereel Centrum. The book contains over 200 graphical works from a variety of different artists, a preface by Pieter Willems and texts by Roel Griffioen and Pia Jacques.
All work was done voluntarily and ordering your book in presale helps solidifying its existence even more. The book launch will take place Thursday, May 18th at The Royal Academy of Antwerp, accompanied by an exhibition displaying key works taken from the archive. You will be given the option to have your book sent to you, or pick it up at the book launch.
The project is a collaboration between artist Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, musician Bent Vande Sompele, Het Bos and The Royal Academy of Antwerp, under the guidance of Nico Dockx. ‘Graphic Design of Scheld’Apen’ is published by Stockmans Art Books.
|240 x 297 mm
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