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Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp Presents Works on Paper by Koen van den Broek

ANTWERP.- Almost concurrently with Curbs & Cracks, a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Koen van den Broek (°1973, Bree) at S.M.A.K, the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent , the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) is displaying in it’s Print Room a unique selection of some twenty works on paper by the same artist. Never before has van den Broek’s oeuvre on paper been shown to the public. Moreover, this is very recent work, created in 2009 during stays in Los Angeles and the South of France. Not only were these recent paintings created abroad, they are, in themselves, reminiscent of travelling and road movies. Van den Broek paints desolate roads out in the American desert and on the French Riviera, he focuses on the surface of the cracked asphalt, or zooms in on the rear light or the bumper of a car ahead. He alternates atmospherically illuminated mountain landscapes with snapshots of isolated hol