The VRC has cataloged 21 images from Panamarenko: The Retrospective!. These images are available to the SCAD community in the Digital Image Database with an active MySCAD log-in.

I want my works to convey the experience that you can see when something contains beauty or not. Without restrictions, and completely. Do you want to make a submarine? Make a submarine, but make on that is one hundred per cent. Don’t turn it into an arty little sub. There’s a good chance that in the end it doesn’t function at all, but that is irrelevant. The point is that you respect the character of the machine. It’s not a submarine sculpture, it’s not an oil-on-canvas submarine. Because you have made it, and because you are so crazy about submarines, your sub embodies The Submarine, just as the other things embody The Flying Machine. (Panamarenko, back cover)

Images clockwise from top-left:

Panamarenko (Henry Van Herwegen). (1969-1971). The Aeromodeller. Airship of transparent PVC film, godola of woven Palembang cane, wood and metal, 4 Flymo motors and mahogany propellers, 4 petrol tanks. Balloon: 27 x 6 m, gondola: 2.3 x 5.7 x 3.3 m. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium.

Panamarenko (Henry Van Herwegen). (1972). Meikever. Metal, wood, plastic, small wheels, propeller, electric motor. Beetle: 29 x 50 x 44 cm, case: 16.6 x 37.1 x 38 cm.

Panamarenko (Henry Van Herwegen). (1996). Spitsburgen Submarine. Steel. 600 x 705 x 344 cm. Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France.

Panamarenko (Henry Van Herwegen). (1976). Umbilly I. Steel, balsa wood, tin, plastic, Japanese paper, two cushions, three wheelchair wheels, pedals, chain, flywheel, fibreglass wings, epoxy and nylon.


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