Jean-Luc Moerman


Moermans career as an artist has begun in the early 90ties, offside the institutional art world, in the streets of Brussels, where he began to develop his first biomorph shapes on stickers, which were quickly presented all over the cityscape. Even during his first visit in New York in 1992, the capital of contemporary street art, Moerman's urban tattoos could achieve a kind of own label and are remarkable until today. Since his first solo show in 1995, Moerman has gone on to exhibit internationally in a wide spectrum of capacities. His works have featured in numerous galleries, museums and private collections, namely the Olbricht Collection, Berlin; La Maison Rouge, Paris; Musee D'Art Modern, Luxemburg; Musee d'Ixelles, Brussels; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Calais; MOCA, Shanghai; The Flag Art Foundation, NYC; Vanhaerents Collection, Brussels. Additionally notable is his solo project at Art Unlimited, Art Basel in 2005, his participation in a number of biennials, public space and iconic façade projects, and his retrospectives at BPS22, Belgium and Leu Gallery, Munich. With two monographs published, 'The Art of Jean-Luc Moerman' features a key interview with Hans Ulrich Olbrist. In the last year alone he has had solo exhibitions in Brussels, Barcelona, Munich, Luxemburg, Korea and Venice and Dubai.

Moermans distinctively use of shape is basically independent from its media. It integrates itself, unagitated, on every surface. Once begun, it seems that it infects autonomously the environment. Like a virus it absorbs walls, windows, papers, canvases , aluminum boxes and any kind of ready mades. His style is very unique and can not really be clearly categorized. His roots are in the Street Art but his current work is multifarious and oscillates between organic drawing, psychedelic painting, biomorphic design and popAlthough Moerman is used to work with nearly every medium and surface, the essential point of his expression always has been the draughtsmanship. The starting points are always fne calligraphic lines that he composes under devotional concentration to a picture. Everything is done from scratch without tools. Just the artist's hand leads the line from nothing into chaos. Moerman's work basically deals with the tradition of the pattern and the history of tattooing without overloading it symbolically. Likewise Moerman examines intercultural connections between the Islamic and Japanese calligraphy and western graffiti. 


Biography


Jean-Luc Moerman
1967    Born in  Brussels
            lives and works in Bruxelles

Collections

Olbricht Collection, Berlin
La Maison Rouge, Paris
Musee d'Art Modern, Luxemburg
Musee d'Ixelles, Brussels
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Calais
MOCA, Shanghai
The Flag Art Foundation, NYC
Vanhaerents Collection, Brussels


Exhibitions 

2014
Jean-Luc Moerman - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg 

2013
Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 
Venice Biennale 2013; Palazzo Widmann (group show)
Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris 
Galerie Leu, Munich 

2012
Transgeneration, Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg
Glissement de terrain, Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière, Belgique
Deux siècles d'histoire entre femmes et leurs psychiatres, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium
FCA ’12, Fernelmont Contemoporary Art 2012, Fernelmont, Belgium
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Summer Project, Villa Knokke, Knokke Heist, Belgium 
Galerie Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubaï, Emirats Arabes

2011
Eastmen Gallery, Hasselt, Belgique
Transconnecting Tatoos, Venice Projects Gallery, Venise, Italie

2010
Busan Biennale, Korea
Galerie Alimentation Générale, Luxembourg
Galerie Leu, Munich, 
Galerie A D N , Barcelona
Work on Paper, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles

2009
Galerie Magda Danysz, Bund 18, Shangaï, China

2008
Connecting Everything, BPS22, Charlero
Longchamp's 60th Anniversary, in Collaberation with the label Longchamp, Soho, New York (curator: Jeffrey Deitch)
Connectingthings IV, Nosbaum & Reding – Art contemporain, Luxembourg
Connectingthings III, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo,
Connectingthings II, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris  

2007    
Connectingthings, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Connecting-things 2 Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris FR

2006    
Atomic Hybrid Space, L’Atomium, Bruxelles

2005    
Art Basel, Optimus Hut, Art Unlimited, Basel
Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, Fr
Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
Witzenhausen, Rotterdam, NL

2004    
La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France
Alimentation Générale, Luxembourg

2003    
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles

2002    
Alimentation Générale, Luxembourg

2001    
Intervention sur la rotonde du Botanique et la façade du Cirque Royal,
dans le cadre des “Nuits du Botanique”, Bruxelles

2000    
Galerie Taché-Lévy, Bruxelles

1999    
Galerie Détour, Jambes

1998    
Galerie Bernard Cats, Bruxelles

Group Shows


2015
Black & White, Galerie Leu, Munich
2014
Resonance(s) - Maison Particulière, Brussels

2013
The Unusual Belgian Poetry - Emmeotto, Rome
Young Collectors - Maison Particulière, Brussels
Why not live for Art? II - 9 collectors reveal their treasures - Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
10 is more than a number - ADN Galeria, Barcelona
Sex, Money and Power - Maison Particulière, Brussels

2012
Darkaesth - Drawing Cabinet - Anyspace Gallery, Brussels
Glissement de terrain : Impertinence-Résistance-Survivance - Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière
Pop-up, Liens artistiques - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
Safari - le lieu unique, Nantes
Overlook - Galerie Magda Danysz - Shanghai, Shanghai
Overlook - Galerie Magda Danysz - Shanghai, Shanghai
among others - Galerie Leu, Munich

2011
Vertigo 5 - Venice Projects, Venice
Paris Forever 100th exhibition of the gallery - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
mémoires du futur - la collection Olbricht - La Maison Rouge, Paris
Explosition. Brussels Graffiti Art - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
Glasstress 2011 - Glasstress, Venice
Sympathy for the Devil - Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels

 2010
Lebenslust und Totentanz, The Olbricht Collection
Kunsthalle Krems, Austria

2009    
Animamix Biennale, MoCA, Shangaï, China
Chinoiseries, Centre Albert Marinus, Bruxelles
Identity 5Ò, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Dark Summer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles
Plus belle la vie, Espace à vendre, Nice

2008    
Dialog, Galerie Leu, Munich, Allemagne
Wall Rockets, the Flag Fondation, NY
Honorons Honoré, De garage, Centre culturel de Mechelen, Belgique
Out of Storage I, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Work on paper, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japon

2007    
Wall Rockets: contemporary artists and Ed Ruscha, flag collection New York, Laura Reynolds Gallery Austin, Galerie Sprüth-Magers Cologne
Les plaisirs d’Edo, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais

2007    
My Sweet Sixteen Party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

2006    
Public Image, Fundament Fondation, Tilburg, Holland
Identity, Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Echigotsumari triennale Japon, fukutake house, Japon

2005    
La Beauté de l’Enfer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles
Krinzinger project, Brussels south airport , Vienne
Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, Paris
Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse

2003    
Dexia, Luxembourg.
Réalisation d’une peinture murale interne pour la Communauté
Française de Belgique au BPS 22 à Charleroi.

2002    
The Flying Cow Project, Bruxelles
Ici et maintenant… Belgium System, Tours & Taxis, Bruxelles
Usage Externe, Bruxelles

2001    
Galerie Art&Com, Brussels
Galerie Triangle Bleu, “instinct way”, Stavelot
“ici et maintenant”, Tour et Taxi, Brussels
Galerie Usage Externe, Brussels

2000    
Espace BBL, Liège
Espace Jacquemotte, Bruxelles

1999
The Flying Cow Project, Bruxelles

1997    
Portfolio, La Lettre Volée, Bruxelles

1995    
Je tatouer, Galerie Damasquine, Bruxelles

Bibliography


2008    
Connecting Everything, (texte P.-O. Rollin), Province du Hainaut
2007    
Tokyotransconnecting, Musée des beaux-arts et de la dentelle, Calais
Connecting-things II, (texte Patrice Joly), Ed. Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève
2005    
Œuvre et lieu, essais et documents, Flammarion
The Art of Jean-Luc Moerman, ULTRAMAGNETIC BOOKS (interview : Hans Ulrich Obrist) 
Magie Blanche,édition Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève (texte de Robert Fleck