Michaël Aerts

born in Dendermonde, Belgium in 1979

lives and works in Ghent

graduated at Sint-Lucas Institute, Ghent, Belgium


Michael Aerts explores the way in which humanity develops culturally through mobility.
Mobility as a driving force behind our cultural development.
Within this context mobility is investigated on a physical, intellectual and mental level.

Michael Aerts is in the first place a sculptor. All works, both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, start from the parameters of sculpture; light and dark, open and closed volumes; visible and invisible; space and place,…

An important aspect is the fact that we can not see everything at once. To view an object in space we have to move around it. It is impossible to see everything at the same time.
In order to try to understand reality, people have developed abstract thinking models.

Whereas in the past sculpture was often concerned with the influence of the object on space, Michael Aerts’ work focuses more on the influence of space on the object.
He developed ‘The Obelisk’, a mobile obelisk that has been traveling to various places and contexts all over the world.
Going from New York, the city of freedom to Minsk, a city in a dictatorial regime. Going from a castle park to the bustle of London.
In this way he investigates the shift of meaning of the symbol according to the place where it is shown.

The work also examines how people control and display their environment through abstract models such as the map and the perspective.

The oeuvre is composed of a simple iconography that can be understood from different cultural backgrounds; a cardboard box, an obelisk, a map, ….


5.2pieces, 2018,plaster_and_pigment_23x21xH41cm

2 pieces, 2018, plaster and pigment, 23 x 21 x H41 cm


6.drawings_2pieces,2018_24x32cm_oiloilbar and pencil on paper,

Drawings, 2 pieces, 2018, oilpastel, oilbar and pencil on paper


10.Bust,2018,wood, plaster, 63x34xH143cm

‘Bust’, 2018, wood and plaster, 63 x 34 x H143 cm



‘Bust’, 2018, pencil and oilbar, 19,5 x 14 cm



‘Cut’, 2017, plastr and pigment, 30 x 11 x H61 cm


Stone stack, 2017, plaster, 41 x 41 x H216 cm





upcoming: duo exhibition @ Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels


Inauguration monument Bobbejaan Schoepen, Lichtaart, Belgium (forthcoming)


Comme à Ostende, Salon Blanc, Ostend, Belgium


Something in the Way, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany


Michaël Aerts Would Like to Use Your Current Location, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf,



It was like so, but wasn’t, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Project Space, ART13, London, UK


Club 7.5, Paris, France

Everything Will Burn Baby Burn, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany

New Positions, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany


Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail it, upgrade it, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours!, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany

An O’Neill Drama, A Whistler’s Mama, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Please Please Me, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ridge Ecstacy – New drawings and paintings, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

A Night at the Playboy Mansion, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy


Solo Show, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

The Immaculate Collection, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Onetwenty Gallery, Ghent, Belgium


Galerie C. De Vos, Aalst, Belgium




Utopische Ruïnes, curated by Filip Luyckx, Coudenbergpaleis, Brussels, Belgium


Under the Parachute of Shapes and Colors, Artworks Advisory, New York, USA

Metaphora, Kunstroute maART, curated by Monia Warnez, Waregem, Belgium


On the Go, Kunstroute maART, curated by Monia Warnez, Waregem, Belgium


Coup de Ville, Triënnale for Contemporary Art, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium


@yourservice, Egmontpaleis, Brussel, Belgium

Sweet 18, Kasteel d’Ursel, Hingene, Belgium

The Drawing Room II, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Het Portret van een familie, De Directeurswoning, Roeselare, Belgium


Another Dream, Another Sense, Another Mind, Bibliotheek Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, KU Leuven,


Capita Selecta, curated by Monia Warnez & Jan Leysen, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium

Collector’s Room #5 – Pleasure, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Middle Gate Geel ’13, curated by Jan Hoet, Geel, Belgium

Kunst uit privé-bezit, Stadsmuseum ‘t Schippershof, Menen, Belgium

Cultural Freedom in Europe I Europe (to the power of), curated by Filip Luyckx, Goethe-Institution

Brussels, Belgium


Save Europian Home, curated by Marina Martiæ, Belgrade Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Serbia

West of East – An Exhibition on Europe in 6 chapters, Gallery for Contemporary Art «Y», Minsk,

White Russia

België – Take Over 01, Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Brussels, Belgium

Szenarien über Europa (III), curated by Filip Luyckx, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig,



Tender Buttons – Becoming Gertrude Stein, curated by Guy Bovyn, University Ghent, Belgium

Kunst moet rollen, curated by Elias Tieleman, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands

RAW, curated by Chris Driessen, Lustwarande 2011, Tilburg, Netherlands

When the fairy tale never ends, curated by Lara Pan, Ford Project, NY, USA


FAKE!, Zomerproject Beeldende Kunst Stad Aalst, Belgium

Young Collectors #2, curated by Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez, Sign, Groningen, Netherlands

Atmospheres, curated by Lara Pan, Galerie Pangée, Montréal, Canada

No Contemplation, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy

30 Years Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Arrivals and Departures Europe, curated by Andrea Bruciati & Walter Gasperoni, Mole Vanvitelliana,

Ancona, Italy
Pandora’s Sound Box, curated by Lara Pan, Performa 09, New York, USA


Update, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Cuesta, curated by Frederik Van Laere, Tielt, Belgium

Amusez-vous, curated by Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez, Galerie Koal, Berlin, Germany

Ephemeral Fringes, curated by Filip Luyckx, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


Versus4, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Olivier Deprez & Bjorn Scherlippens, Site Pamele-

Maagdendale, Oudenaarde, Belgium

Nighthawks, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Acec Dok Noord 4 hal 20, Ghent, Belgium

Carte blanche à l’Atelier 340 Muzeum, Comptoir asbl, Liège, Belgium


Ephemerality, curated by Christophe De Jaeger, Menen, Belgium

Filiaal van de Hemel, Lokeren, Belgium


Talentbeurs, Atelier 340 Muzeum, Jette, Brussels, Belgium

Missies, curated by Stef van Bellingen, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Mo(nu)ment@bornem, Bornem, Belgium

De Alpen, Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium

Vierkantswortel van het geheugen, curated by Filip Luyckx, Huis Van Winckel, Dendermonde,



Fame Happening, Festival van Vlaanderen (S-L Platel), Ghent, Belgium

Collectzie, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Deinze, Belgium


M/V, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium

The Pizza Project, curated by Yasmine Nessah, Thermische Centrale, Ghent, Belgium

Sint-Lukasgalerij, Brussels, Belgium


Coming People, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium