White Cube

Bram Bogart

Nov 24, 2023 – Jan 6, 2024
Opening: Thursday, Nov 23, 6pm – 8pm

Bram Bogart. Courtesy White Cube.

The gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition in Asia of the late Dutch-born Belgian artist Bram Bogart (1921–2012). 

Drawing from across his extensive career, the exhibition pays particular attention to Bogart’s unique exploration of paint as sensorial, sculptural matter, showing works made between 1952 to 2009.

During his life, Bogart became known for his dense, object-like paintings. Fusing gesture with substance, sensual colour with minimal form, he elided the mediums of painting and sculpture to pursue his own singular path.

The title of the exhibition derives from the artist’s prolific ‘signs’ series, produced from the late-1950s onwards and prevalent throughout his career. Reducing the figurative to the schematic, these works comprise shapes embedded within thick painted surfaces, and assert Bogart’s belief that ‘everything in nature, in a simplified form, leads back to the sign: rectangle, square, cross, circle, etc. These are forms which have had considerable impact throughout the development of my work.’

Through various techniques, including swapping the easel for the floor to enable a heavy application of paint, to pouring the medium from buckets or trowels, Bogart created emphatically sculptural works freighted with a physical presence.

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50 Connaught Road, Central
(852) 2592 2000
Tu-Sa 11am to 7pm

The first of White Cube’s galleries to be located outside of the UK, White Cube Hong Kong is situated at 50 Connaught Road, in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district. Since its inception in March 2012, the gallery has hosted a varied programme of exhibitions including Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst and Cerith Wyn Evans. The gallery provides an interior exhibition space of 550 m2 (6000 sq ft) which is set over two floors and has a ceiling height of over 4.5 metres. The building was designed by London based architects Maybank and Matthews.