Paul Vandenbroeck has held a part-time professorship in the Social Sciences Faculty of KU Leuven since 2003. He is an art graduate from the same university (PhD 1986, dissertation on Hieronymus Bosch). His main research topics are situated on the interface between art and anthropology. His current research focuses on developing a comprehensive theory of the psychocorporeal and transcultural foundations of style and of creative/artistic form; a second research topic is the iconography of North African domestic textile arts. Paul Vandenbroeck is also the scientific editor of the Annual of the Antwerp Royal Museum, where he has worked with the Collection Research Department since 1980. Vandenbroeck has often combined scientific research with the staging of, frequently experimental, exhibitions. Currently, Vandenbroeck continues his research on Hieronymus Bosch, on Flemish art in Spain, and on the cultural and artistic links between the Low Countries, the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco in the 15th and early 16th centuries, and, through fieldwork, on the semantics or an-iconology of the nearly extinct abstract rural weaving art in Southern Tunisia (Chenini, Guermessa, Tamezret).
The Bakhnoug, a book, woven
Exhibition, audio interview
During the exhibition The Bakhnoug, a Book, Woven (2016, Villa Romana), Radio Papesse talked to the curator Paul Vandenbroeck about the philosophy, the techniques and the critical misfortunes of the Tunisian and Lebanese bakhnoug and its textile art.
Radio Papesse, an independent online radio station focusing on contemporary art, has been running for several years from its offices at Villa Romana. It accompanies the programme of exhibitions and events with interviews, live streaming and debates.