Belgium, Antwerp 1940
Panamarenko (Henri Van Herwegen) is a famous for his work with aeroplanes as theme; none of which are able nor constructed to actually leave the ground. His interest in aeroplanes and human powered flight is also reflected in his name, which supposedly is an acronym for “Pan American Airlines and Company”. Starting in 1970, he developed his first models of imaginary vehicles, aeroplanes, balloons or helicopters, in original and surprising appearances. Many of his sculptures are modern variants of the myth of Icarus.
At the opening of a large-scale overview exhibition of his work in Brussels in 2005, Panamarenko announced his retirement as an artist.
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