Bernd Lohaus. Düsseldorf, 1940 – Antwerpen, November 5, 2010
German-born artist and former student of Joseph Beuys, Bernd Lohaus spent most of his working life in Antwerp. In a career spanning over 40 years, his practice centred on a poetics of placement and a precise equilibrium of forms. The heavy wooden beams that would become his signature material, salvaged from Antwerp’s River Scheldt, stand in contrast to his lighter sculptural works in brown paper tape or cut paper, hanging out in loose parts from the wall, scatterings of pigment in space and his tender watercolours of flowers, yet they all are utterances of the same starting point: a desire to trigger a response in the viewer.