Our headquarters at Brussels Airport boast a permanent exhibit of contemporary artwork from both Belgian and international artists, which we selected in cooperation with Vanhaerents Art Collection.
Contemporary art fits perfectly with our story. The artists of these works, created them in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world. Their art demonstrates a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definitions.
In the same way, this is how we, at KPMG, try to make the difference, every day. We want to trigger discussions and challenge traditional boundaries.
You can find a selection of the artwork featured in our offices below, as well as in our Advisory Brochure.
The artist Joana Vasconcelos was born in 1971 in Paris, France and lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
Joana Vasconcelos investigates the present through a critical reading of Western mythologies and iconographies, she explores mainstream values, habits, and customs in order to examine identity with respect to gender, class and nationality.
‘Diane’ engages with classical statues of the female body, yet in the tradition of her work, it is cast in cement and painted in bright colors and covered in crochet and made net. These pairings create an unexpected and humorous focal point. Vasconcelos also refers to the tradition where unmarried girls in the Azores had to crochet lace in a room with high windows shielded from the outside.
Chiho Aoshima was born in 1974 in Tokyo, Japan and lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
‘Rinko-Chan on the Building’ is one of only a few sculptures made by Aoshima. The pedestal has the face of a girl and is illuminated from within, while an Indian girl wearing a duck and a sheep on her back is sitting on it. According to the Aoshimacosmos, this is not a doll on a plinth but a goddess of nature sitting on top of the world. Rinko-Chan also refers to the work of Takashi Murakami, who turns Manga figures into statues and thus transports them into the world of high art.
Michael Elmgreen was born in 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark and lives and works in London, United Kingdom and Berlin, Germany.
IngarDragset was born in 1968 in Trondheim, Norway and lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
These series of works evolve around eight sculptures by the great Danish neo-classicist form the beginning of the 19th century Bertel Thorvaldsen. Thorvaldsen’s style can be seen as contrived and formalistic, but also marked by an ambiguous sensuality that is in turn explored by Elmgreen & Dragset. In a contemporary take on the classic myth of Pygmalion, Thorvaldsen’s sculptures come to life dressed in various garments. In this respect the socks, scarves and shorts bring the sculptures into a contemporary context. With this series, Elmgreen & Dragset approach more tentatively how new meaning is created through simple and unexpected turns.