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The Blind Leading The Blind #26

The Blind Leading The Blind #26

The Blind Leading The Blind #26

The Blind Leading The Blind #26

Peter Buggenhout
The Blind Leading The Blind #26


Mixed media and disposable material covered with household dust

134.5 x 166 x 150 cm
At first glance, Peter Buggenhout’s large fuzzy masses, seemingly covered in thick layers of dust, look like readymade objects, rubble found in the aftermath of a building site, an archaeological dig, or at the scene of a cataclysm – an earthquake, explosion or other force of violent destruction (natural disasters or terrorist attacks?).
Consider his series entitled The Blind Leading the Blind (2008) and Gorgo (2005), charred rotting hulks bearing traces of what looks like steel building beams jutting from concrete fragments. Or Eskimo Blue (1999), which recalls the sun-bleached remains of a prehistoric creature of unknown dimensions, preserved as if for classification in a museum cabinet. Uncomfortably ‘real’, but dissected and presented for study by future generations.
The Blind Leading The Blind #21

The Blind Leading The Blind #21

Peter Buggenhout
The Blind Leading The Blind #21


Household dust, hair, wood, polyurethane, foam, aluminium, polyester, polystyrene

117 x 105 x 184 cm
In fact, this and Buggenhout’s other works are incredibly realistic renderings, carefully made in the artist’s studio but suggesting unidentifiable ruins. In confusing viewers, Buggenhout’s sculpture raises questions around the subjects artists choose as their models and the strong influence of projection on the way art is perceived.
The objects here intimate the theme of the ‘ruin’ that surfaces through art history, but in its more direct and subversive mood. These works convey an organic, blurred relationship between representation and abstraction that breaks down perceived assumptions about the way objects are classified and understood.
Eskimo Blues II (and 2 details)

Eskimo Blues II (and 2 details)

Eskimo Blues II (and 2 details)

Peter Buggenhout
Eskimo Blues II (and 2 details)


Treated cow stomach

100 x 145 x 75
But what appears to be there upon first looking remains a lingering presence that the viewer cannot entirely ignore. “I consider my works as analogies. All these analogies bear the consoling thought that they were created by human hands, that they are viable and bring viability that is hardly, if at all, bearable into a chilled, inhumanly large world. These analogies do not operate within the standard artistic norm because they do not intend to pass judgment, preach or pass on emotions. They simply are, there is more than meets the eye, after all.”
Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)

Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)

Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)

Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)

Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)

Peter Buggenhout
Gorgo #4 (and 4 details)


Blood, pigment, iron, wood, paper, glass

83 x 148 x 92 cm
Gorgo #14

Gorgo #14

Peter Buggenhout
Gorgo #14


Horse hair, blood, polyester, epoxy, polyurethane, iron, aluminium

126.5 x 162 x 88 cm

Peter Buggenhout's BIOGRAPHY

Peter Buggenhout
Born in 1963, in Dendermonde, Belgium
Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium


Shape Of Things To Come, Saatchi Gallery, London
Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris, France
Konrad Fisher Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Caterpillar Logic, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria
It's a strange, strange world, Sally, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
The Broccoli Cycle 1, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

Gallery Maskara at Warehouse on 3rd Pasta, Mumbai, India

Individual presentation, new works acquired by the Flemish Community, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium

De Res Derelictae, Objects owned by nobody, The Garage, Mechelen, Belgium

Gallery Richard Foncke, Ghent, Belgium

Wolken zijn geen bollen/ Clouds are no spheres, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Pati Natae –Darmsculpturen/ Intestine Sculptures, S Cole Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

Eskimo Blues, Kunstvereniging/ Art society, Diepenheim, Belgium
Op het ogenblik geen oplossing/ No solution at the moment. Peter Buggenhout, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium

Tweeluik/Diptych ’98, Campo-Santo, Sint-Amandsberg (Ghent), Belgium

Darmsculpturen/ Intestine sculptures, Huize St.-Jacobus, Ghent, Belgium

The unlogical Proposition/Drawings by Peter Buggenhout, Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst/
Contemorary Art Society, Ostend, Belgium
The unlogical proposition. Drawings by Peter Buggenhout, Het Kunsthuis/ Art Society, Ostend, Belgium

The unlogical Proposition, Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst/ Contemporary Art Society,
Ghent, Belgium

Gallery De Oorzaak en zn, Turnhout, Belgium

Gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium
Paintings, Gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium

International Cultural Centrum - ICC, Antwerp, Belgium

Recent paintings, Gallery William Wauters, Oosteeklo, Belgium

Paintings and drawings, Community House, Hamme, Belgium
Works on paper, Gallery William Wauters, Oosteeklo, Belgium


From Trash to Treasure, Kunstverein Kiel, Kiel
The Edge Of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny, Venise
Le Silence, NMNM, Monaco
Extraits de la collection d’Antoine de Galbert, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France
The Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, Herzliya, Israel
The Blind Leading The Blind, MONA, Hobart, Tasmania
Lustwarande 2011 – Raw / Blemishes, De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands
The Shape of Things to Come, Saatchi Gallery, London
On the Metaphor of Growth, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
On the Metpahor of Growth, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frakfurt
On the Metaphor of Growth, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kunsthaus Baselland, Hannover Kunstverein
Flemish Masters, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA

The Power of Drawing, Geukens-Deville Gallerie, Antwerp, Belgium
Christmas Show, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris
Signs of Life, Kunstmuseum Luzern

Tracking Traces, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
NFINITO, Palazzo Fortuny, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

Figge von Rosen Galerie, Köln, Germany
Qui est tu, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
Trends 08, Sint-Barbara-College, Ghent, Belgium
The Aerials Of Sublime Transscapes, Lokaal 01, Breda, Netherlands
Die Hände der Kunst, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
The Hands of Art, SMAK, Gent, Belgium

TRANSSCAPES/ Langsschappen, , Belgium/ The Netherlands
New Collection, Municipal Museum WuytsVan Campen & Baroly, Lier, Belgium
Paulo Post Futurum 25 years Lokaal 01, Breda’s Museum, Breda, The Netherlands
VitRti, De Kunstkas, Kemzeke, Belgium
Artempo, Pallazo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
De Schoonheid en de Waanzin/ Beauty and Insanity, Bruges Museum/ Church of Our Lady, Belgium
Mutatis Mutandis (collection Antoine De Galbert), La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Drawed, Rectangular Room, SintNiklaas, Belgium

Gorge(l).Oppression and relief in Art, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium
La belleza y la locura/ Beauty and Insanity, Felipe I el Hermoso, rey de Castilla, duque de Borgoña, Burgos, Spain
Images 2006, Estate Anningahof, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Dots, SintNiklaas, Belgium
Déjeuner sur l’ herbe, Brakel, Belgium
BeTekenII, Drawing art, Cultural Centrum Hasselt, Belgium
Expo Cultureel Comité, SintAmandsberg 19662006, Gent/SintAmandsberg, Belgium

Soul, Groot Seminarie/ Seminary, Bruges, Belgium
Watou/ Over the Border, Summer of Poetry, Watou, Belgium
The Blind Leading the Blind, Lokaal 01, Antwerpen, BelgiumBreda, The Netherlands: group exhibition
Visionair België/ Visionary Belgium, Palais des BeauxArt/ BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

Vanitas, IKOB, Eupen, Belgium
Trends04, SintBarbaracollege, Ghent, Belgium
HAL23, ACEC, Ghent, Belgium
Anningahof, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Art / Life, Gallery Cartwright, Ghent, Belgium
Metamorphosis, De Schrijnwerkerij, Geel, Belgium
Grand Tour, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium

Zinnebeeldig. 7 symbolen in cultureel erfgoed en hedendaagse kunst: een confrontatie?, Caermersklooster,
Ghent, Belgium
Station2Station. Vlaanderen & Brussel, Benzinestations, Brussels, Belgium
Inside Drawing, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hagues, Belgium
Metamorphosis, Lieu d’Art Contemporain, LAC, Sigean, La France
Empty Space/ Blind Spot, Gallery Empty Space, Ghent, Belgium

Gebroed. Dubbelshow Peter Buggenhout and Berlinde De Bruyckere, Flemish Cultural Center, de Brakke Grond,
Amsterdam, The Nederlands
Secret Gardens, artmanifestation in Gardens, Village and environment of castle OudRekem, OudRekem, Belgium
Versus. Contemporary Art and Music, several venues, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Something is rotten in the state of Europe, Lokaal 01, Antwerpen, België
Metamorphosis. Peter Buggenhout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Peter De Cupere, Johan Tahon, Academia Belgica,
Rome, Italy

Metamorphosis. Peter Buggenhout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Peter De Cupere, Johan Tahon, Galleria d’Arte
Moderna e Contemporaneo, San Gimignano, Italy
Weke delen. Darmsculpturen/ Soft parts. Intestine sculptures by Peter Buggenhout in confrontation with
Westafrican Vodunsculptures, Galerie CD, Tielt, Belgium
Kunst voor kunst/ Art for art’s sake, Oude Abdij/ The Old Abbey, Drongen, Belgium
Children’s play. Kindertekeningen actuele kunst, different venues, Waarschoot, Belgium
Everything needs time...., Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, United Kingdom

De wereld volgens.../ The world according to…, Foundation Odapark, Venray, Belgium
Jan Fabre and Peter Buggenhout, Galerie CD, Tielt, Belgium
Berlinde De Bruyckere Peter Buggenhout, CIAP, Hasselt, Belgium
Young art of Flanders. Irony & Transitoriness, Cultural Centrum De Werf, Aalst, Belgium
Art isn’t food, about collections and collecting art, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium

Loplop /re/presents: Back to Basics, Art and culture center, Abbey SintPieters, Ghent, Belgium
The Future Tradition. Peter Buggenhout ‘Awakening from tormented dreams’, Lokaal 01, Breda, The
Tussenin / Inbetween, Museum DhondtDhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
Trends ‘98. 50 contemporary artists, SintBarbaracollege, Ghent, Belgium

Loplop /re/presents: The im/pulse to see, Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Straatlopers/ Contemporary art in the Ghent quarter of parrots, Ghent, Belgium
Multiples, De Slijperij, Geel, Belgium

Materia – Scultura, EXMA Centro d’Arte e Cultura, Cagliari, Italy
(Cross)roads VUB, University Brussels, Belgium
DiscoursMètis, Gallery VUB, Brussels, Belgium
Infections, Park Wolfslaar, Breda, The Netherlands

Art Neighbourhood Space. Contemporary artists exhibit at different venues, Prinsenhof, Ghent, Belgium
Sculpturen . Sculptures, Felix Happark, Brussels, Belgium

25e Festival international de la peinture. Cinquième rétrospective (1989 1992), ChâteauMusée Grimaldi,
Cagnessurmer, France
Invasie / invasion, W+P.

Modernism in Painting. Ten years of painting in Flanders. Provincial Museum of Modern Art PMMK, Ostend,
Symposium 92/94. Ten artists in hotel Navarra, Navarra Hotel, Bruges, Belgium Synergy ‘92. Young artists from
Ghent, Society for Contemporary Art in Ghent (former SMAKmuseum), Ghent, Belgium
Le goût est fait de mille dégoûts, Gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium

23e Festival international de la peinture/ international festival of painting, Château des Grimaldi, CagnessurMer,

Summeraccumulation, Gallery Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium
Berlinde De Bruyckere Reflecting on Confinement and Death / Peter Buggenhout Drawings on Plastic and Glass,
Museum DhondtDhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
Ateliers d’été / Sommeratelier. Junge Kunst in Europa, Deutsche Messe (AG), Hannover, Germany

125 years SintLucas. Exhibition monumental painting atelier Gaspard De Vuyst and Johan Spilliaert, Witte Zaal,
SintLucas, Ghent, Belgium
Affinities, Peter Buggenhout, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Mario De Brabandere, Chapel of Bogarden, Bruges,

3 young artists from Ghent, Mario De Brabandere Berlinde De Bruyckere Peter Buggenhout, Gallery Fred
Lanzenberg, Brussels, Belgium
Kunstexpo – 7nd edition. Higher Institute for Fine Arts, SintLucas, Ghent, Belgium
Untitled. Buggenhout, Art Gallery Vierhuizen

Antichambre. Entartete Art. Exfactory, Alsberghevan Oost, Ghent, Belgium
Berlinde de Bruyckere / Peter Buggenhout, Volvo Cars Europe, Ghent, Belgium

Palmares Gaverprijs/ 1984, Cultural Center De Schakel, Waregem, Belgium

Prize Painting City Louvain 1983. Municipal exhibition, Leuven, Belgium