Jean Bernard Koeman
Jean Bernard Koeman is a visual artist and exhibition maker. Creating drawings, images and site-specific installations, from 1999 through to 2002, he was the driving force and inspiring director of Arts Centre W139 in Amsterdam, where he spent his time creating over 40 exhibitions showcasing the work of young artists. As a tutor, he works at The Master of Art in Public Sphere in Sierre, The Wits University in Johannesburg and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. As a stage designer, he is involved with Les Ballets C. de la B. and Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp.
In addition, Jean Bernard Koeman is best described as an art collector, a globetrotter and general cultural vulture. In recent years, he has built site-specific installations and architectural integrations in museums and art institutions in Iceland, Kosovo, Germany, Finland, China, Albania, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Belgium. His installations that are rooted in language and architecture, are monumental and room-filling constructions made in wood or metal, sprinkled with details in the guise of photographs, texts and drawings. Koeman draws inspiration from Modernism, Marcel Broodthaers, radical music and a love of the stirring qualities of avant-garde.