Brecht Vandenbroucke

© Bart Van der Moeren
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Brecht Vandenbroucke

1986, Veurne. Visual artist. Combines comics and illustration.

Vandenbroucke creates hand-painted drawings and illustrations that are chock-full of references to pop and gaming culture. His work also displays a great attention to detail. He debuted in 2013 with the book White Cube in which he takes a satirical and critical look at the world of classic and modern art through the eyes of his two main characters. Vandenbroucke also works as a freelance illustrator for various newspapers and magazines such as the Belgian publications De Standaard and De Morgen as well as The New York Times. He regularly publishes non-commissioned work online, and is currently at work on a new book. His work has already been published in German, Finnish, French, Spanish and other languages.


  Translations   Avant Verlag   Bries

Recently translated into German

White Cube
Avant-Verlag, 2013
Original title: White Cube (Bries, 2013)

White Cube is the Belgian cartoonist and illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke’s debut book, a collection of mostly wordless strips that follow a pair of pink-faced twins as they attempt to understand contemporary art and the gallery world. Their reactions to the art they encounter are frequently comedic, as they paint over Pablo Picasso’s famous mural Guernica, and re-create a pixelated version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream after receiving one too many e-mails.

Lushly painted, these irreverent strips poke fun at the staid, often smug art world, offering an absurdist view on the institutions of that world—questioning what constitutes art and what doesn’t, as well as how we decide what goes on the walls of the gallery and what doesn’t.

Vandenbroucke’s distinctive work blends the highbrow with the low, drawing equally from Gordon Matta-Clark’s site-specific artwork and the Three Stooges’ slapstick timing. With a knowing wink at the reader, Vandenbroucke continuously uncovers something to laugh about in the stuffiness and pretentiousness of the art world.