Jan Van Imschoot

Selected works


Born in 1963 in Ghent, Jan Van Imschoot has been living and working in France since 2013. Jan Van Imschoot’s exploration of the possibilities offered by painting have resulted in a body of work that draws its power from highly critical and dramatic themes and contains references to countless artists, from Tintoret to Luc Tuymans, Goya to Matisse. Jan Van Imschoot places his figures, decors and narratives at History’s margins, using assembled perspectives, strong tones, bodies in motion and brushwork he describes as ‘anarcho-baroque’. His work delves into a number of recurring motifs: freedom, censorship and the violence of political and ideological systems.


Jan Van Imschoot’s retrospective exhibition The End Is Never Near at S.M.A.K. opens on October 7, 2023.

S.M.A.K., Gent

From October 7, 2023 to March 3, 2024


De Nacht, Group Show

This spring, the Expo Hall at de Warande in Turnhout, Belgium, will host a group exhibition on a theme everyone is somehow familiar with: the night.
Before artificial light was introduced, nights were intrinsically related to darkness. Day and night were two utterly separate worlds. The night then looked like a parallel universe, with its own rituals, smells and sounds, where one could escape everyday reality, social conventions and hierarchies. Even today we still experience the night-time as a special moment. On their side, artists are often inspired by this realm which is both familiar and mysterious.
Participating artists : Nel Aerts, Fred Bervoets, John Bijnens, David Claerbout, Felix De Clercq, Bieke Depoorter and Mattias De Craene, Danny Devos, Brecht Evens, Francisco Goya, Joris Ghekiere, Harry Gruyaert, Soham Gupta, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Wouter Huis, Pieter Jennes, Natasja Kensmil, Frans Masereel, Laetitia Molenaar, Andreas Mühe, Hans Op de Beeck, Thomas Ruff, Stefan Serneels, George Shiras, Ben Sledsens, Helmut Smits, Léon Spilliaert, Dennis Tyfus, Nele Van Canneyt, Fik van Gestel, Jan Van Imschoot, Johannes Vogl, Peter Waterschoot, Kohei Yoshiyuki.

De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium

From July 1st to December 13, 2020


Poetic Faith – Group show

A person can never perceive truth and fiction at the same time. But there is such a thing as ‘poetic faith’ or the ‘suspension of disbelief’. While reading a novel or watching a film, we ‘believe’ in the story, however implausible it might seem. ‘Poetic faith’ is considered an essential ingredient for storytelling of any kind.

The exhibition ‘Poetic Faith’ can be seen as a tribute to the power of, and belief in, the imagination. With work by Jan Van Imschoot, Shikh Sabbir Alam, Marie Cloquet, Leo Copers, Hanne Darboven, Markus Degerman, Joseph Grigely, Jorge Macchi, Bruce Nauman, Navid Nuur, Panamarenko, Giulio Paolini, Mandla Reuter, Jason Rhoades, Gil Shachar, Nedko Solakov, Birde Vanheerswynghels, Tamara Van San and Philippe Van Snick.

From February 8 to May 3, 2020

S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium


Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on baroque – group show

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque”, curated by Luc Tuymans, in its Milan venue from 18 October 2018 to 25 February 2019. Organized with M KHA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp) and KMSKA (Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp) and the City of Antwerp, the project will be featured in Milan in a new and more extensive version, following its first presentation in the Belgian city from June to September 2018. Luc Tuymans conceived an intense visual experience presenting more than 80 works by 63 international artists, including 25 exhibited exclusively at Fondazione Prada.

FONDAZIONE PRADA, MILAN, ITALYFrom 18/10/2018 to 25/02/2019


FEAST OF FOOLS – Groups show

Pieter Bruegel is often seen as the embodiment of Flemish identity. Why has that been so since the revival of his work around 1900? How has he grown to become an icon, an inexhaustible source of inspiration and a huge cliché? In the exhibition ‘Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered’ the visitor becomes acquainted with a series of key works by modern masters and creations by contemporary artists who ‘have a thing for Bruegel’. They latch onto his themes, reinterpret them, quote him … and thus demonstrate that his work has lost none of its relevance.


ECCE HOMO – group show

ECCE HOMO is based on a strong collaboration of Gallery GEUKENS & DE VIL with MARION DE CANNIÈRE and Belgian art-critic ERIC RINCKHOUT.
ECCE HOMO started several years ago in the mind of art historians Yasmine Geukens & Marie-Paule De Vil as a small group exhibition but evolved today into a grand event that takes place on several locations in the city of Antwerp.

Antwerp, Belgium


« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » – group show

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist’s quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .

OSTENDE, BELGIUMFrom 21/10/17 to 15/04/18