adjust your vision
in case you find pity in pain
enter like it’s supposed to
say yes at every door
we harvest the blue


Antoine Berghs prefers to describe his work as a continuous pilgrimage: ‘a cathartic journey to get a grip on things and the world’. For Berghs, creating art is a journey, deep inside which is about change and pushing back frontiers.

‘Real change doesn’t come from outside; it takes place deep inside’
Antoine Berghs

Since 2014, Berghs has been creating wooden statues and man-sized pencil drawings in his studio, and giving form to texts and rituals that revolve around his self-image and attempts at self-transformation. In The Studio #5, he reveals his recent developments within this spiritual universe.

Antoine Berghs

Antoine Berghs studied at the Maastricht art academy between 1990 and 1995, following which he joined the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He was an artist-in-residence at MoMA PS1 in New York. Berghs won the Charlotte van Pallandt Award in 2004 and the Royal Award for Painting in 2006. His work has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, including exhibitions in Museum Arnhem, Bonnefanten Maastricht, De Domijnen Sittard, Schunck Heerlen, Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Tate Modern in London. His work is included in many museum, corporate and private collections.

The exhibition The Studio #5: Antoine Berghs is on view in the Bonnefanten from Sunday 3 October 2021. On October 22, Berghs will open the exhibition during Museumnacht Maastricht with a ritualistic performance. Aided by things like noise and flashing light, Berghs takes himself and the audience into a ‘parallel world’.

Image: Antoine Berghs, )|( (detail), 2021. Photo: Antoine Berghs
Text: Paula van den Bosch