Ann Veronica Janssens

Born 1956 in Folkestone, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in Brussels.


École de la Cambre, Brussels

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2017 Naissances latentes, SHED, Notre-Dame-de-Bonnevilles / L'Aitre Saint-Maclou, Rouen / Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
mars, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne
2016 Ann Veronica Janssens, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
2015 Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink, Wellcome Collection, London
Philaetchouri (in collaboration with Michel François), La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Brussels
2014 with Nord Project / Laurent Jacob, Museo Capella Sansevero, Naples
2013 Ann Veronica Janssens: Septembre, FRAC Corse, Corte
Ulysses – Ellipse, Eglise Sainte-Honorat des Alyscamps, Arles
Ann Veronica Janssens, Chapelle St Vincent de Grignan
2010 Ann Veronica Janssens, Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster
2009 Serendipity, WIELS, Brussels
2003 Aux origines de l’Abstraction (1800-1914), Musée d’Orsay, Paris
CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
Kunsthalle Bern
2002 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2001 Light Games, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2017 Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
What is visible is not invisible, Song Eun Art Space, Seoul
Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown, Kunsthaus Graz
Le musée absent, WIELS, Brussels
2016 Daniel Buren—A fresco, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
2015 Zehn Räume, drei Loggien und ein Saal, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Light Show, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
2014 Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Constellations, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
Des choses en moins, des choses en plus, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Museum to Scale 1/7, Baker Museum, Naples
Museum to Scale 1/7, Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Rotterdam
The Light Show, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
2013 Before The Horizon, Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona
Museum to Scale 1/7, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Lumineux! Dynamique! Espace et vision dans l’art de nos jours à 1913, Grand Palais, Paris
2012 The Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London

Ann Veronica Janssens’ work foregrounds the body’s perception of the world and itself in it. She often uses light, natural optical phenomena or glass as a medium. Beautifully made, her works exude the impression of great simplicity yet create vivid experiences of the act of seeing, evoking a heightened awareness of the changeability and fleetingness of the individual perception.

Her contribution to the 48th Venice Biennale (1999), where she represented Belgium with Michel François, for example, filled the space with thick mist that served to disorient the viewers. In 2013 she added colorful glass monoliths to the windows of the Chapelle de Grignan in Provence, transforming the interior space into a constantly changing color environment. The 2012 work L’ODRRE N’A PAS D’IPMROTNCAE, a neon installation on top of a building in the lakefront district in Plaine de Plainpalais in Geneva, altered a well-known slogan into an enigmatic light installation.