Curated Highlights: Hannelore Knuts' Selection from Art Antwerp
Hannelore Knuts. Portrait by Ferry van der Nat
Hannelore Knuts is a Belgian Fashion model, actress and artist who began modelling in the late 90s.
Shortly after she was spotted at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp she would go on and model for Gucci, Chanel, Prada and more. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue seven times. Along side her modelling career she has worked as a stylist for Hermes, Wunderkind, 10 Magazine, etc. She has kept her roots in photography alive in multiple (self-portrait) shoots and has designed a signature handbag at Belgian Luxury brand Delvaux.
Her 2011-12 film credits include Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and the Radio Soulwax project DAVE, in which she plays the title role of David Bowie. She’s also featured as “The Mother of the Universe” a film by Toon Aerts for Philip Metten.
She has collaborated on art projects with several artist, including “Une Danse Des Bouffons (or A Jester’s Dance.)" by Marcel Dzama. She served as the model for Michael Borremans’s painting "The Angel". And has appeared in front of the lens of Juergen. Teller (which Ugo Rondinone later used to copy/paste his face on top of HK’s), Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to name but a few.
In 2013 she curated an exhibition “UltraMegaLore” at the Modemuseum Hasselt based on her modelling career and her personal interest in art and music.
Art is to feel and to feel is to live.
“Art is to feel and to feel is to live. It lifts us out of the cognitive to plunge deep down in our hearts. A place we should visit more often these days... My selection is based on old favourites, what makes me dream and/or would spark an open story for my 7 year old son’s imagination.”
Not only is Philip Metten a great artist, he’s also a close friend. As young adolescents he has enriched my artistic vision and vocabulary and keeps doing that until this day. I was happily surprised to see my son getting lost in this work. It reminded him of the big city New York where he was born. It felt like home.
Old time favourite Dennis Tyfus his wit and skill are always on point.
To me this vulnerable pose gives the woman so much power at the same time. It spoke to me immediately.