Born in 1971 in Verviers (BE)
Michael Dans graduated in painting from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc in Liege and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In the same way that he leads an itinerant life, living alternately in Liege, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Berlin, Antwerp..., Michael Dans expresses himself with techniques as different as photography, drawing, sculpture, installation or performance. This diversity is also reflected in the subjects he addresses (death, solitude, eroticism, childhood) and the formats he uses: from very large format photos and drawings to giant Mikado and the throwing of 17 precious stones in a meadow on the occasion of Kunst & Zwalm.
Since his beginnings, this eclecticism allows him to escape any type of categorization and to surf with ease through the codes of contemporary art. Thus, Michael Dans inscribes each time his proposal in a specific relationship with the contexts of exhibition (architectural, conceptual, etc.) so that it generates its own relevance. In a subtle and playful way, he takes advantage of the different work proposals that are made to him to build interventions in perpetual shift and rich in detour of situations. At the border of objects and attitudes, he creates works carrying messages transmitted with a cynical and critical humor on a background of melancholy, introspection and eroticism.
I am in perpetual questioning. My way of communicating is to question. According to me, the artist does not bring an answer but questions the society to participate in its construction. My plastic researches take various forms to arouse feelings and sensations which are vectors to deliver contents. I express myself mainly through form. My work is in ﬁliation with many artists such as Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, Jurgen Teller, Terry Richardson, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Peter Land, Claes Oldenburg, Chris Burden, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismaki, John Ford, Tim Burton, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Miles Davis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, Elmer Batters, Charles Bukowski, John Fante, George Orwell, Charlie Chaplin, Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Christopher Wool, John Kayser, Eric Kroll.
All of these artists have a particular impact on my work, and I practice sculpture, drawing, performance, photography and installation depending on the situation. I am resolutely conceptual in the morning and expressionist in the afternoon. Depending on the medium and the invitation, the practices differ but my relationship to art is that of a shepherd who leads his flock slowly, some sheep escape but the course is maintained. I admit and find necessary the intervention of others in my work and am absolutely against the idea of the artist who has to do everything himself as a little dictator of his work.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS : 2020 Triennale Art Public, Liège, B / 2018 Anywhere, but Here ,The National Museum in Szczecin, PL / 2016 Bip, transcendent DIY, Liège, B / Panorama, BPS 22, Charleroi, B / Mondain, 6th Rencontres Internationales du CREAHM, Caserne Fonck, Liège, B / De loin, aussi d'ici, Galerie Marion de Cannière, Antwerp, B / De Burgemeester van Veurne, Emergent Gallery, Furnes, B / Fluid, Thuin, B / Archipelago, Gouvernement aan de Maas, Maastricht, via la Space, NL / 2014 A Belgian Politician, M de Cannière Art Space, Antwerp, B / Playtime, Gogolf, 4th Rennes Biennial, Halle de la Courrouze, Rennes, F / 2013 Sans tambour ni trompette, Le Lieu unique, Nantes, F / La Batterie, RAVI opening, with Di. Va., Liège, B / Garde l'oeil ouvert, graduation ceremony, with Di.Va, Académie de Liège, B / Kortrijk art contemporain, Kortrijk, B / 2012 13 painters and me, by Pascal Bernier, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, B / Krasj, by Koen De Decker, Ninove B / Bates motel, the Space, organization with Julie Hanique, Liège, B / L'étoile, galerie Saint Luc, organisation, liège, B / 2011 Anonymously yours, Maison Grégoire, Bruxelles, B / Pole gry Le terrain de jeu, Zacheta galeria, Varsovie, Pl /Get in the haze, Quartier 21 International, Vienna, AUT / Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, B / Pays'arbres, l'Orangerie Bastogne, Bastogne, B / Sélest'art, Sélestat, Alsace, F / Art public, Namur, B / In the company of humour, Lokaal 01 Breda, NL / 2010 Ennemis publics, Liège, B / Bazart office/ Foreing affairs, Musée d'Ansembourg, By Virginie Pierre, Liège, B / Pop art, Scheld apen in het NICC, Antwerpen, B / Gogolf, La Chapelle du Genêteil, Château-Gontier, F / Animals, l'Orangerie Bastogne, B / Drawings, galerie APDV, Paris, F / 2009 T_tris, BPS 22, Charleroi, B / Bande Annonce II, aliceday, Brussels, B / 7000 Cakehouse Posters, by Lieven Segers, Bornem, B / Mes Dalton, la Chapelle du Genêteil, Château-Gonthier, F / Overlap, galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, F / The tragic and the funny meet again by Lieven Segers (cat), De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL / No style, no glory, curated by Pierre Henrion (cat), Musée Ianchelevici, La Louvière, B / I love Benelux, curated by Nina Bovasso, Virgil de Voldère, New York / 2008 Un-scène, Wiels contemporary art center, Brussels, B / Gogolf after Tron, curated by F Curlet, La Galerie Commune, Tourcoing, F / Dreamland & l'esprit des lieux, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, F / Boys and their toys, gallery, Zagreb, HR / Face it, aliceday, Brussels, B / The hands of art, SMAK, Gent, B / Marta Herford Museum, Herford by Ronny Van De Velde, DE / 2007 Water, air, earth : La sagesse du jardinier, Biennale de Melle, F / Urban connections, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, I et II, F / Derniers encodages, IKOB, Eupen, B / 2006 Images publiques, E2N, Liège, B / Faites vos jeux, Musée de Saint Brieuc, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, F / Trésor caché, E2N, Musée d'Ansembourg, Liège, B / 2005 Ici et là, galerie commune, Tourcoing, F / /Malpractice, gallery De praktijk, Amsterdam, NL / Kunst en Zwalm, Zwalm, B / 2004 Bande Annonce, aliceday, Brussels, B / Amicalement vôtre, musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, F / Parcours contemporain, Fontenay le Comte, F / Storage, Collection Province du Hainaut, BPS22, Charleroi, B / Looping, Chapelle du Geneteil, Château Gontier, Fr / Not Open studios, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL / 2003 Every minute art in Liege changes the world, MAMAC, Liege, B / Open studios, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL / Le colloque des chiens part II, Centre Wallonnie Brussels, Paris, F / 2002 Multiples by numbers, art&com, Brussels, B / Act, BBl, Brussels, B / Le colloque des chiens, Espace 251 Nord, Liège, B / 2001 Things, Les témoins oculistes, Brussels,
COLLECTIONS PUBLIQUES : Collection SPAC, Liège B / Collection FNAC F / Collection Province du Hainaut B / Collection Communauté Française de Belgique B / Collection Province du Hainaut B / Collection Banque Nationale de Belgique B / Collection Domaine de Chamarande F / Collection Musée de la photographie de Charleroi, B.