Jan Cox (1919 – 1980) was a painter who spent the largest part of his creative life in the United States and Belgium. He was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1945 he was a founding member of the 'Jeune Peinture Belge' group. By the end of that decade he was briefly associated the CoBrA movement, publishing some of his art in the CoBrA magazine. Photo Courtesy Archief De Zwarte Panter, Antwerp.Read more about the artist
The Flemish Community is an important artistic ensemble richer with the artist Jan Cox, co-founder of the Jeune Peinture Belge, akin to Cobra, and the central figure internationally at the founding of Antwerp’s Black Panther gallery.
Adriaan Raemdonck decided to donate a selection from the core of his Jan Cox collection to M HKA - inspired by the example of the Panamarenko house. He is doing this as a statement about the importance of public institutions.
To make the right choices from Adriaan Raemdonck’s generous offer, two artists have been invited to work with the museum and Raemdonck to take the final decision: painter Koen van den Broek and performance artist Vaast Colson.
It is not after all about bringing as many works as possible to M HKA, but to look together at what is the best approach. Here was the question: what ensemble of Jan Cox would be best placed in the public domain?