Born in Dendermonde, Belgium, in 1979.
Lives and works in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Graduated at Sint-Lucas Institute, Ghent, Belgium


Michaël Aerts creates sculptures, drawings and performances in which the importance of references to the European or global cultural and historical past is pivotal. Equally important is the exploration of the potential of the symbols, the codes, the forms and functions of that very heritage with respect to the arts, the artist, and 21st century man.
Michaël Aerts’ monumental sculptures, for instance, are formally based on historical models (the bust, the obelisk, …) but are often realized in flight case material. In this way, the typical contemporary dimension of mobility is projected onto a traditionally immobile type of sculpture. In his most recent art, Michaël Aerts also includes the theme of ‘packaging’, in which the packaging symbolizes the temporary concealment of the object for the purpose of moving it from one place to another, from one period to another, from one culture to another.
In an era in which everything has become extremely mobile, where all sorts of codes and systems of meaning that belong to a particular culture or subculture (from purely artistic to social), and which are often focused on stability, are continuously shifting, Michaël Aerts, as an artist, sets out to reflect upon how we are to deal with our rich heritage.

Solo exhibitions


The possibility of the simultaneous, Hilde Vandaele Gallery, Watou, Belgium
Flämische Meister - Neue Gemälde und Skultpuren, with Vadim Vosters, Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer e.K.,München, Germany

Identity & Culture, with Corina Gertz, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
Michaël Aerts & Vadim Vosters, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Michaël Aerts & Vadim Vosters, Salon 17, Pottes, Belgium


Launch Catalog + exhibition, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, germany

Our New Cultures, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany

Planetarium, (Vlaamse meesters In situ) Onze-Lieve-Vrouw kerk, Dendermonde, Belgium

Planetarium, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
Cach derri re mes poings, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel, Belgium

RED Gallery Antwerp, Belgium 
That's the way I like it, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf
Inauguration monument Bobbejaan Schoepen, Lichtaart, Belgium 

Comme à Ostende, Salon Blanc, Ostende, Belgium
Slices, hotel Drie Eiken, Antwerpen, Belgium

Something in the Way, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany

Michaël Aerts - Would Like to Use Your Current Location, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany

It was like so, but wasn't, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Project Space, Deweer Gallery, ART13 London, UK

Club 7.5, Paris, France
Everything Will Burn Baby Burn, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
New Positions, Deweer Gallery, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail upgrade it, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours!, Deutschlandpremieren 2010, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany
An O’Neill Drama, A Whistler’s Mama, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Please Please Me, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ridge Ecstacy – New drawings and paintings, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
A Night at the Playboy Mansion, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy

Solo Show, Art Brussels, Deweer Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The Immaculate Collection, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Onetwenty Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

Galerie C. De Vos, Aalst, Belgium

Group exhibitions


An echo in time, Leroy Breweries, by Hilde Vandaele Gallery, Watou, Belgium
Je suis, Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf, Germany


Eden, Augustijnenekerk, Roeselare, Belgium

The shadow of the Cross, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Belgian Thoughts, Märkisches Museum Witten, Witten, Germany
Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Under the Parachute of Shapes and Colors, Artworks Advisory, New York, USA

On the Go, Kunstroute maART, curated by Monia Warnez, Waregem, Belgium

Coup de Ville, Triënnale for Contemporary Art, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

@yourservice, Egmontpaleis, Brussel, Belgium
Sweet 18, Kasteel d’Ursel, Hingene, Belgium
The Drawing Room II, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Deweer Gallery - Het Portret van een familie, de Directeurswoning, Roeselare, Belgium

Another Dream, Another Sense, Another Mind, Bibliotheek Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, KU Leuven, Belgium
Capita Selecta, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium
Collector's Room #5 - Pleasure, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Middle Gate Geel '13, De Halle, Geel / Gasthuismuseum Geel / Kunsthuis Yellow Art / St.-Dimpnakerk, Belgium
Kunst uit privé-bezit, Stadsmuseum 't Schippershof, Menen, Belgium
Cultural Freedom in Europe (curator Filip Luyckx), Europe (to the power of) -
Goethe-Institut Brussels, Belgium

Save Europian Home (curator Marina Martiæ), Belgrade Cultural Centre Art Gallery, Serbia
West of East – An Exhibition on Europe in 6 chapters, Gallery for Contemporary Art « Y », Minsk, White Russia
Re-Opening, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
België – Take Over 01, Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Brussels, Belgium
Szenarien über Europa (III) (curator Filip Luyckx), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
The Drawing Room, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Tender Buttons – Becoming Gertrude Stein (curator Guy Bovyn), University Ghent, Belgium
Kunst moet rollen (curator Elias Tieleman), Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands
RAW (curator Chris Driessen), Lustwarande 2011, Tilburg, The Netherlands
When the fairy tale never ends (curator Lara Pan), Ford Project, New York, USA

FAKE!, zomerproject Beeldende Kunst Stad Aalst, Belgium
Young Collectors # 2 (curators Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez), Sign – Tentoonstellingsruimte voor jonge kunst, Groningen, The Netherlands
Atmospheres (curator Lara Pan), Galerie Pangée, Montréal, Canada
No Contemplation, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy
30 Years Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Arrivals and Departures Europe, (curators Andrea Bruciati & Walter Gasperoni), Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
Pandora's Sound Box (curator Lara Pan), Performa 09, New York, USA

UPDATE, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
Cuesta (curator Frederik Van Laere), Tielt, Belgium
Amusez-vous (curators Johan Delcour & Monia Warnez), Galerie Koal, Berlin, Germany
Ephemeral Fringes (curator Filip Luyckx), Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Versus4 (curators Christophe De Jaeger, Olivier Deprez & Bjorn Scherlippens), Site Pamele-Maagdendale, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Nighthawks (curator Christophe De Jaeger), Acec Dok Noord 4 hal 20, Ghent, Belgium
Kick box project, S.M.A.K. & Maria-Middelares, Ghent, Belgium
Carte blanche à l’Atelier 340 Muzeum, Comptoir asbl, Liège, Belgium
Arteconomy: project by Concordia, Waregem, Belgium

Ephemerality (curator Christophe De Jaeger), Menen, Belgium
Filiaal van de Hemel, Lokeren, Belgium

Talentbeurs, Atelier 340 Muzeum, Jette, Brussels, Belgium
Missies (cura tor Stef van Bellingen), De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mo(nu)ment@bornem, Bornem, Belgium
De Alpen, Netwerkgalerij, Aalst, Belgium
Vierkantswortel van het geheugen (curator Filip Luyckx), Huis Van Winckel, Dendermonde, Belgium

Fame Happening, Festival van Vlaanderen (S-L Platel), Ghent, Belgium
Collectzie, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Deinze, Belgium

M/V, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium
The Pizza Project (curator Yasmine Nessah), Thermische Centrale, Ghent, Belgium
Sint-Lukasgalerij, Brussels, Belgium

Coming People, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium

Public & Private Collections (Selected)

Dingkök Collection, Turkey
Ministery of Foreign Affairs (FOD Buitenlandse Zaken), Brussels, Belgium
Collection Katoen Natie, Antwerp, Belgium