William Ludwig Lutgens
William Ludwig Lutgens
William Ludwig Lutgens

Exhibition views, Off Balance, PLUS-ONE gallery, 2019.

Absurdities with Peter I Kasteels, 2018, watercolor pencils, graphite, acrylics, paper and frame, 63 x 46 cm

Absurdities with Peter I Kasteels, 2018, watercolor pencils, graphite, acrylics, paper and frame, 63 x 46 cm

We had a good conversation we had, 2018, watercolor pencils, graphite, acrylics, paper and frame, 63 x 46 cm

We had a good conversation we had, 2018, watercolor pencils, graphite, acrylics, paper and frame, 63 x 46 cm

Lust, Laughter & Liquor, 2018, groupshow at Sofie Van de Velde & PLUS-ONE gallery, Antwerp.

Blygedacht, 2018, Oil on unstretched canvas, 110x100cm

Mr Tickles, 2018, oil on unstretched canvas, 100x76cm

Other works by:
Alphachanneling, Antwan Horfee, Barbara Kruger, Beni Bischof, Bruce Nauman, Bram Bogart, Carole Vanderlinden, Dennis Tyfus, Félicien Rops, Francis Picabia, George Grosz, Guillaume Bijl, Jacques Charlier, James Ensor, Jan Van Imschoot, Jason Rhoades, Jean Schwind, Jeff Koons, Joakim Ojanen, John Stezaker, Karin Hanssen, Kasper De Vos, Keith Haring, Kembra Pfahler, Kris Martin, Leo Dohmen, Maaike Schoorel, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Mariën, Margot Bergman, Max Pinckers, Mike Bouchet, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Navid Nuur, Nel Aerts, Nicholas William Johnson, Pascal Bernier, Paul McCarthy, Philippe Vandenberg, Pim Blokker, Rosemarie Trockel, Sergio De Beukelaer, Stefan Marx, Sven 't Jolle, Tatjana Gerhard, Walter Swennen, William Ludwig Lutgens, Wim Delvoye.

Front page of Het Geïllustreerd Blad nr2, 2018, 48 pages, edition of 2000.

Front page of Het Geïllustreerd Blad nr2, 2018, 48 pages, edition of 2000.

Installation view of Art & Insurance for Eeckman Art Prize 2017, at Art on Paper in Bozar, Brussels.


Two Screws, A Hammer And A Drill,2017, wooden shipping box, styrofoam, oil paint and canvas, 195 x 130 cm. Part of group exhibition: Trust In The Unexpected, at the Governors Mansion, Ghent.

Participating artists: Michiel Albers, Anaïs Chabeur, Goeun Choi, Omar Chowdhury, Bram Demunter, Kasper de Vos, Vesna Faassen en Lukas Verdijk, Elias Ghekiere, William Ludwig Lutgens, Philip Metten, Femmy Otten, Jonathan Paepens, Sarah Smolders and GHOSTTRANSMISSIONS #2 – Nico Dockx. Curated by Elena Sorokina.


Kleenex, 2017, acrylics and print on wood,100 x 84 x 47 cm, as part of Group show Infinite Flowers Plus One #3

With: Antwan Horfee - Beni Bischof - Bernd Lohaus - C. Arocha & S. Schraenen - Daan Van Golden - Donald Baechler - Gert & Uwe Tobias - Guy Mees - Jårg Geismar - Lili Dujourie - Nicholas William Johnson - Ross Bleckner - Stefan Marx - Timothy Segers - Walter Swennen - William Ludwig Lutgens - …


Presentation of ‘Het Geïllustreerd Blad nr1’, at The Matter of Facts in Z33 House for contemporary art, 2016.
Photo © Kristof Vrancken

Snapshots of Solo exhibition ‘Dank U Voor Het Leven’, at A01, Napoli, Italy. 


Nankan: Inexplicit ethics and de-ranking perspective. Group exhibition, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China, 2016.

Participating artists: Oscar Chan, He An, He Yida, William Ludwig Lutgens, Tan Tian, Xiao Kegang.

Curated by Lu Mingjun

Judged by the words, Eyesore (or Nankan in Chinese) has no settled standards. It depends on the widespread aesthetics, interests and experience of individuals, certain era or region. But today, the word Eyesore (Nankan) or Beauty (Haokan) is not judged by aesthetics or interests. It spreads to politics, ethics and culture. Indeed, this is related to the self-intervention and self-reflection within the artistic system. Because, the Eyesore here plays a righteous role to prevent the Beauty class and its power. By now, the Eyesore becomes Beauty and the Beauty becomes Eyesore. We cannot figure whether its eyesore or not, and the judgment itself makes no sense. Eyesore is an inexplicit ethics factor. It is unstable and dynamic language and politics without any sense of class.
Therefore, we avoid coarse works when we choose artists. We also avoid the socalled beautiful works that focus too much on aesthetics or impose difficulty for appreciation. These are two extremes and focus too much on class. They lack the possibility of inexplicit and class-oriented flexibility. The reason why we choose Oscar Chan, He An, He Yida, William Ludwig, Tan Tian and Xiao Kegang is that they strike a balance of material and form, image and narration, knowledge and life with different perspective, path and method. They give up correct and incorrect posture and still preserve the sharpness and vitality of language.

One-time thing for the mama (Professions of the artist’s mother), 2015, Acrylics and print on wood. Series, number 1,2 and 5. Group exhibition ‘Paris Texas’, Antwerp.

“This work deals with the relationship between the artist and his mother. For some years now, his mother has been asking him for a portrait in warm colours, which would depict here in a clearly recognizable fashion. After much insistence, the artist decided to abide by her request. The initial painting, not put on display here, was a 2 x 1,2m titled Mother and Me Discussing (whether or not I should paint her face pretty). William Ludwig Lutgens is presenting a composition of paintings, drawings, poems and (fictional) professions. The composition is based on an old Flemish quartets card game with different professions.”

William Ludwig Lutgens

Born in 1991, Belgium.
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium
and Seoul, Korea.




PLUS-ONE Gallery
Antwerp, Belgium.


Surplus Space
Wuhan, China.

workplace for visual artists
Genk, Belgium.



The Archive Hotel x Off the, grid, Leuven, Belgium.

OFF BALANCE, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.


OFF OFF OFF, CC Palethe & Dommelhof, Pelt, Belgium.

Residency & Education


SeMA NANJI Residency, Seoul, Korea.


MSF-Kokela, Gbadolite, Bili & Kinshasa, DR Congo.

2018 - 2019

FLACC, Genk, Belgium.

2017 - 2016

HISK - Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium.


Sala D’art Jove, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain.


Z33 - Cultuur Platform, Toegepast 21, Hasselt, Belgium.

2014 - 2015

Master of Research in Art & Design, St. Lucas, Antwerp.

2012 - 2013

Master in Graphic Design & Illustration, St. Lucas Antwerp.

Awards & Grants

2018 - 2019

Development grant, Flemish community, Kunsten en Erfgoed/ Flanders State of the Art.


Boghossian Foundation, 2nd Prize, Art Contest, Brussels.

Eeckman Art Prize, Art on Paper, BOZAR, Brussels.

The First Line Award, Lyra Germany, Drawing Room Madrid.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)


Please Play By The Rules, Gallery Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

William Ludwig Lutgans - Drawing Room, Madrid, Spain.

Eat me up and spit me out, Junior, Plus-One, Antwerp, Belgium.

KunstINgang, CC Merksem, Belgium.


De Muur, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium.

Art on Paper, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium. 

Dank U Voor Het Leven, A01, Naples, Italy.



William Ludwig Lutgens, alltogethernow, Rotterdam. Netherlands. 

Het Kabinet, CIAP, Hasselt., Belgium.

Group Exhibitions (selection)


By your trace, by your shadow, SeMA, Seoul, Korea.

DISSIDENCE: Quilting Against, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.

Looking at the world through rose coloured glasses, PLUS-ONE & Sofie Van De Velde gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.


KOKELA, Phillips, Antwerp, Belgium.

AYNITL #2, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium.

Streams of Consciousness, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Netherlands. 

Kunstenfestival Plan B, Bekegem, Belgium.

LUST LAUGHTER LIQUOR, Plus-One & Sofie Van De Velde, Antwerp, Belgium.

20 years NICC - Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium.


The Grid and The Cloud: How to Connect, Vanderborght Building, Brussels, Belgium.

Trust In The Unexpected, Governor's House, Ghent, Belgium. 

Art Contest, Vanderborght, Brussels, Belgium.

Infiniteflowersplusone Accrochage 3, Plus One Gallery, Antwerp.

Nacht van de beeldende kunst, De Studio, Antwerp, Belgium. 

At The Campsite, CC Ekeren, Belgium.


The Matter of Facts, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.

Artenova, D.art, Mechelen, Belgium.

NanKan, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China.

Little Hisk, LLS 387, Antwerp, Belgium.

The Moving image, De Studio, Antwerp, Belgium.

Interrupting The City, Stadsfeestzaal, Antwerp, Belgium.

Ten Dans, CC Maasmechelen, Belgium.


Canned Laughter, WO MEINE SONNE SCHEINT, curated by Pieter Vermeulen, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Fascinator, CC, Ekeren, Belgium.

Game of Roles, Paris-Texas, Antwerp. Curated by Matteo Lucchetti, Belgium.

Love Will Tear Us Apart, HAL, Antwerp. Belgium.

A Belgian Politician, Marion de Cannière Art Space, Antwerp. Belgium.


Un Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre, Het Bos, Antwerp. Belgium.


20% eenhoorn, Souterrain, Antwerp. Belgium.

Art Fairs


Art Brussels, Belgium.

Art Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Art Brussels, Belgium.

DrawingRoom Madrid, Spain.

Building Friendship fair, Antwerp, Belgium.


DrawingRoom Madrid, Spain.

Michiel Burger - Prospects and Concepts (in collaboration), Art Rotterdam, Netherlands.


w/ Collective Francis, POPPOSITIONS, KanalWharf, Brussels. Belgium. 

Artist Talks


Artist Talk /w Johan Pas, Muhka, Antwerp. Belgium.


Integrated, Between creativity and criminality, Antwerp, Belgium.

Paratext #18, Sala Ricson, Hangar, Barcelona.


Serieuze Praat: Het Geïllustreerd Blad w/ Wouter Poolman, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium.

Serieuze Praat: Het Geïllustreerd Blad w/ Wouter Poolman, Troebel Neyntje, Antwerp, Belgium.


Klaxon StripFestival, Borgerhout, Belgium.


Integrated 2013 - International arts & design conference, Singel, Antwerp, Belgium.

Features/Press/catalogue (selection)


Sema Nanji Residency 13th, catalogue, SeMA, Seoul.


Kunstenaarspagina, H Art Magazine 198, 22/02. 

FOOD MATTERS - All You Need Is The Lavatory,Croxhapox.



Paratext vol.3, Hangar, Barcelona.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Antwerp Art Weekend (Selected Works Part 2), Art Viewer, 28/05.

The lighter side of satire: William Ludwig Lutgens’ unfiltered mind, The Word, 06/03.


HISK Laureates 2017, The Grid and The Cloud, catalogue.

Artist’ Publications: The Belgian Contribution, Johan Pas.

Art Viewer, Special Feature part 1; Antwerp Artweekend, 21/05.

Metropolis M, Antwerp Art Weekend, 22/05.

Lost Painters, Hisk Open Studios 2017.

Michiel Burger - Prospects and Concepts 2017 Catalogue.


Croxhapox veilt voor het leven, DeMorgen, 14/11

Flirten met William en zijn kunst, Wouter Poolman, Toegepast 21.

Hisk Open Studios 2016, Lost Painters.

Hisk Open Studios (catalogue), Wouter Poolman.

The Story of William Ludwig Lutgens, D!NG magazine.


Canned Laughter – Humor in Crises, TrendBeheer, Niels Post.

Abecedarium, Invitation to collaborate, Masterpublication (of 2014) St. Lucas, Antwerp.


D!NG • online art magazine, issue 12. 

10 x 10 Radical Books Since 1914, Johan Pas. 

Particular Piece (contribution), Foundfootage.be. 


Masters publication, St. Lucas Antwerp.