Ann Veronica Janssens

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Ann Veronica Janssens
MovementLight art

Ann Veronica Janssens is a contemporary visual artist who works primarily in light. She was born in 1956 in Folkestone, England.[1] She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.[1]


Janssens's installation piece of blue and yellow paraffin smoke, Daylight Blue, Skyblue Medium, Yellow (2011), was included in Dynamo: A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913–2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris.[2]

In 2013 she created colorful light installations for the Chapelle Saint-Vincent in Grignan, France.[3]

Janssens worked together with the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on different occasions. Janssens created the lighting for De Keersmaeker's choreography The Song.[4] For De Keersmaekers choreography Cesena, where the set was stripped to its bare walls, Janssens introduced subtle lighting.[5]


In 1989 she participated in the Lyon Biennale.[6]

In 1999, she participated in the 48th Venice Biennale, representing the Belgium Pavilion, with the artist Michael François.[7]

In 2009, she had a solo exhibition at WIELS, the Brussels Centre for Contemporary Art. Janssens' exhibition 'Serendipity', included sensory experiences for the viewer through use of dazzle, flashing lights and sounds, among others. She presented ten new sculptures, among which six large devices were real immersion spaces.[8]

In 2012 she participated in the 18th Biennale of Sydney. She also created an adaptation of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's "Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich" at the Tanks in the Tate Modern.[9]

In 2013 Janssens was featured in the Hayward Gallery's large group exhibition of light artists, Light Show, alongside James Turrell, Dan Flavin, Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer.[10]

In 2014, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas is organizing a solo exhibition of the artist's work.[1]

In 2015 she created with artist Michel François a new installation and exhibition called 'Philaetchouri' in La Verrière, an art space of the fr:Fondation d'entreprise Hermès in Brussels. The new installation was created in situ by Janssens and François, working together for the first time since 1999, when they represented their home country of Belgium at the 48th Venice Biennale.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c "Ann Veronica Janssens: Biography" Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ Quemmin, Alain "Monster Movement" The Art Newspaper, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. ^ Dugan, Phillipe."Ann Veronica Janssens plonge la chapelle du cimitiere de Grignan dans la coluleur" Le Monde, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (13 July 2009). "Greek Festival Has Equal Respect for Classic Dance and Avant-Garde" (Online). NYT. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. ^ Flanders, Judith (9 November 2012). "Cesena, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas, Sadler's Wells". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. ^ Sutton, Benjamin. "History of Light: Heirs, from Olafur Eliasson to Ann Veronica Janssens" Art Info. Retrieved 17 February 2014
  7. ^ Vogel, Carol "At the Venice Biennale, Art Is Turning Into an Interactive Sport" The New York Times, Retrieved 17 February 2014
  8. ^ "Serendipity". WIELS. WIELS. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
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  10. ^ "What's On: Light Show" Retrieved 21 February 2014
  11. ^ "Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François at La Verrière". Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. Retrieved 13 June 2015.

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