The research group is led by Wouter Davidts and consists of Camille Bladt (junior), Laura Bovsòvers-Carette (junior), Koen Brams (senior), Anton Pereira Rodriguez (PhD) en Stefaan Vervoort (postdoc).

Wouter Davidts

Wouter Davidts is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, as well as the Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences of Ghent University (UGent). He publishes on the museum, art and architecture and is the author of two books on museum architecture, Bouwen voor de kunst? (2006) and Triple Bond (2017). He is the editor of The Fall of the Studio (2009) and Luc Deleu - T.O.P. office: Orban Space (2012; with Stefaan Vervoort and Guy Châtel). He curated The Corner Show (2015, Extra City Antwerp; with Mihnea Mircan and Philip Metten). In recent years, Davidts has worked closely with the Ghent University Library in the acquisition and management of archives of important Belgian artists (Philippe Vandenberg, René Heyvaert). His current research focuses, among other things, on the reception of American art and artists in the low countries in the post-war period.

Koen Brams

Koen Brams is an independent researcher, curator and publicist. He is the former director of the Jan van Eyck Academy (2000-2011) and the former editor-in-chief of De Witte Raaf (1991 to 2000). He is involved in a research project on Art in Ghent (between 1957 and 1987) commissioned by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Ghent). Recent exhibitions: The breakthrough of "conceptual art" in Belgium. The case of Fernand Spillemaeckers. Part 1: Towards a "Marxist Formalism" (in collaboration with Dirk Pültau), in Museum M (Leuven, 2013); La morte addosso. The (anonymous) art production of Alessandro and Schède (1966-1980) (in collaboration with Ulrike Lindmayr and Dirk Pültau), in LLS 387 (Antwerp, 2014); Jef Cornelis - TV works, in the context of the Liverpool Biennial 2014; Jef Cornelis - TV works (1964-1997) / Jef Cornelis - Obras de Televisão (1964-1997), Galeria da Culturgest (Porto, 2015) and 'Believe in your time' - Karel J. Geirlandt and the Association for the Museum of Contemporary Art (1957-1960), SMAK (Ghent, 2019). His current research concerns, among other things, the history of the Museum of Contemporary Art / S.M.A.K.

Stefaan Vervoort 

Stefaan Vervoort is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences at Ghent University. He teaches at the Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool in Antwerp. He holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering: Architecture (UGent) and a Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts, Media and Architecture (VU University Amsterdam). He defended his PhD on architectural models in the visual arts at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of Ghent University in 2020. Vervoort is editor of three books about Belgian artists or artists working in Belgium: Aglaia Konrad from A to K (edited with Emiliano Battista, 2016); Raymond Barion (edited with Mihnea Mircan & Stijn Maes, 2014); and Luc Deleu - T.O.P. office: Orban Space (edited with Wouter Davidts & Guy Châtel, 2012). He is the author of various scientific articles and book chapters and as an art critic has written many exhibition and book reviews. His research focuses on the exchange between art and architecture and the relationship between sculpture and language, specifically in the period after 1968.

Anton Pereira Rodriguez

Anton Pereira Rodriguez is a PhD student at the Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences at UGent. His doctoral research, entitled “A Belgian artist in Italy: Art History and Culture in the Work of Jan Vercruysse (1948-2018)”, focuses on the artistic and institutional interplay between the Belgian and Italian art scene of the late 1980s and years '90, with Jan Vercruysse as a key figure (UGent - University of Verona). As a voluntary employee at the Jan Vercruysse Foundation, he is involved with drawing up an inventory of the extensive archive of Jan Vercruysse and contributing to the catalog raisonné. In 2018 he helped to enclose the archive of the artist René Heyvaert, after which he wrote a chapter for the catalog of Heyvaert's exhibition at CGAC in Santiago de Compostela together with Wouter Davidts. Pereira Rodriguez studied architecture at Luca School of Arts, Ghent campus (KULeuven) and subsequently art sciences at UGent. During the academic year 2016-2017 he studied Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin and did an internship at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art.

Laura Bovsòvers-Carette

Laura Bovsovers-Carette is a researcher at the Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences at Ghent University. She holds a master’s degree in Art History and Education in cultural sciences from the University of Ghent (2015-2019). Her thesis ‘The loss of the center in the visual arts of the 1970’s’ discussed two exhibtions: Sonsbeek buiten de perken (1971) and Ici/Hier, Ailleurs/Elders, Désormais/Vanaf by Daniel Buren (1976). For multiple years she was a member of The Mobile and Temporary Studio for Research and Production, a research group initiated and coordinated by Koen Brams.

Camille Bladt

Camille Bladt (°1996) is a researcher at the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences at Ghent University. In 2020 she contributed to the publication Maisons d’art moderne. Private Collections in Belgium, 1945-1980 (edited by Steven Jacobs and Maarten Liefooghe, 2020).

Bladt studied Art History at Ghent University, where she wrote her master thesis on the architectural practice and private collection of Liège architect Charles Vandenhove. She continued her studies in the postgraduate programme Curatorial Studies at KASK & CONSERVATORIUM School of Arts Ghent. During the academic year 2017-2018 she studied Art History at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna.

Eléa De Winter

Eléa De Winter graduated as an art historian at Ghent University (2021) with a thesis on the photographic portraits and studio images of Philippe Vandenberg. She is currently preparing a doctoral project on the interplay between visual art, cultural policy, and urban urban regeneration in Antwerp between 1980 and 2000.

Louise Vanhee

Louise Vanhee graduated as an engineer-architect at Ghent University (2020) with a master thesis titled ‘[the] Ruin Age: an analysis of Belgian contemporary architectural projects between ruin and ruinosity.’ In 2020, she joined Groningen University to follow a research master in Arts, Media & Literary Studies. In 2021, she became a doctoral assistant at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (Ghent University). She assists courses on architectural design, history, and theory. Her doctoral research looks at contemporary temporal and material shifts in art and architecture. The research focuses on questions concerning the ephemeral, entropy, and temporality and how these affect the perception, valuation, and materiality of architecture.

Associated members

Steven Jacobs

Maarten Liefooghe

Henk Roose