Heimat in de Belgische naoorlogse kunst

Translated title of the thesis: Heimat in Belgian Post-War Art

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


“What is the impact of a Belgian post-war artist’s Heimat on his artworks and his position in the Art World?”. After World War II, Heimat’s pre-modern ideals will be affected by Westernization’s modernist ideas and its mixing of European and American values. This also affects the Belgian Art World because it turns its back on local artists to focus more on international orientated artists. With art historical and sociological research we will discuss how Roger Raveel and Gert Robijns incorporate these modernist shifts in Heimat in their artworks. The idea “Glocal” will offer a new explanation for this post-war Heimat attitude and will help define the place and importance of contemporary Heimat art in a globalised Art World. A glocal attitude will prove that finding a respectable way to assimilate Heimat values to global values, and vice versa, results in qualitative art that can function in, and reconcile, both contexts.
Date of Award2017
Original languageDutch
SupervisorKatarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans (Promotor) & Hans De Wolf (Co-promotor)


  • Heimat
  • Glocal
  • Art World
  • Roger Raveel
  • Gert Robijns
  • globalisation
  • Belgian art

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