Nel Aerts

Born 1987, in Antwerp Belgium
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium


1999-2005 KSO, Heilig-Grafinstitute, Turnhout 

2005-2009 Master in the Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent (KASK)

Solo Exhibitions


“Inner Wavy Turmoil Baby”, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens (GR)
“Slippery Wobbler”, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate, (EN)


“The Waddle Show; a counteract”, Solo at Museum M, Leuven, (BE)
“Haus der Wanderer”, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, (DE)
“The Snake Charmer”, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, (DE)


Solo at Independent, represented by Carl Freedman Gallery, Brussels, (BE)
Film de Fenêtre, solo project, NICC, Brussels, (BE) 

Solo show at PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, (BE) 


Ontmaskerd Maske, solo show at Warande, Turnhout, (BE) 

Lord Nelson FW17, solo presentation, CASSTL, Antwerp, (BE) 

The Village Idiot, solo at Carl Freedman Gallery, London, (UK) 


Jack and the Paradise Cruise, solo at Horizont Gallery, Budapest, (HU) 

Mural at Beurskafee at Beursschouwburg, Brussels, (BE) 


De Zundert tekeningen, solo show at Vincent van GoghHuis Galerie, Zundert, (NL) 

Residency at Vincent van Gogh Museum, Zundert, (NL) 

Billenkoek, solo show at KIOSK Gallery, Ghent, (BE) 

Verzopen Vaarwaters, solo show at trampoline, Antwerp (BE) 

Solo show at kunstINgang, Cultuurcentrum Merksem, Antwep, (BE) 

Lord Nelson Posters, solo show and book presentation at Stadslimiet, Antwerp, (BE) The best couples in the World, project and edition w/ MOREpublishers, GRAMM restaurant, Brussels, (BE) 

Nieuwe Zwevers, solo show, ‘120 minutes’ curated by Lieven Segers and Frank Koolen, Art Brussels, Brussels, (BE) 


Döbbelganger, solo show, trampoline, Antwerp, (BE) 

Lord Nelsons Portrait Gallery, solo show, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, (EN) 

Duo show w/ Kristian Devantier, Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, (DA) 

Season of the which, curated by Marie de Gaulejac, Castillo/Corrales, Paris, (FR)


Al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een lelijk ding, duo show w/ Vaast Colson, Studio Katleen Vinck, Antwerp, (B)

Solo, Liste Basel, represented by Galerie VidalCuglietta, (CH) 

Solo, Art Brussels, represented by Galerie VidalCuglietta, (BE)
KUNSTENAARS VAN MORGEN (en alle dagen nadien), solo show, Stadsliemiet, Antwerp (BE)
POST, solo, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, (DA)
De averechtse val van Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (NL)


De dans rond het uurglas, solo show, project space, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, (BE)


Whilst the Master sleeps, book release, Vaast Colson&Nel Aerts, Alt Antverpia, Antwerp (BE)
De Grote Overtocht, solo show, Hectoliter, Brussels (BE)


Traveling after Zbigniew Herbert and Pan Cogito (2), organized by Scheld’apen, Fort 8, Hoboken (BE) 

Undisclosed Gathering, solo show, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE) 

In De leer, Anastasis project, Heilig-Grafinstituut, Turnhout (BE)


One with the Medicine Man, solo show, Pocketroom, Antwerp (BE)
Vaast Colson in Kiosk, week 3, KIOSK, Ghent, BE 

Goodbye Old Paint, graduation, Academy (KASK), Ghent (BE)

Selected Group Exhibitions and projects


“In Vitro”, MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp (BE)
Group exhibition, Nino Mier, Los Angeles (US)
“De Nacht”, De Warande, Turnhout (B)
“een blik achter de muur”, Blikfabriek, Hoboken Billboard Project, Antwerp (B)


“The Other Self”, duo show w. Ellen Berkenblit, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens (GR)
“Playground”, M Leuven, Leuven (B)
“5 Schilders”, Cera-collecLe, Leuven (B)
“Just So Stories”, Gallery Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg
“The Skateroom”, Brussels Gallery Weekend, Brussels (B)
“Off Balance”, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp (B)
“Der Rausch”, ArL et AmiciLae, Amsterdam (NL)
“Duckumenta”, Studio Omstand, Arnhem (NL)
“Ceres”, Hof De Bist, Ekeren (B)
“There will never be a door. You are inside”, Teixeira de Freitas CollecLon, Sala de Arte of the Santander FoundaLon, Madrid
“Salon de Peinture”, M HKA, Antwerp
“Looking at the world through rose colored glasses”, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp


Group presentation w/ PLUS-ONE Gallery, Independent, Brussels
‘ADA’, groupshow w/ William Anthony and Joelle Dubois, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne (DE)

'Soft? Tactile Dialogues in Collaboration with MOMU', Groupshow at PLUS-ONE gallery, Berchem, (BE) 

‘Soft?’, MOMU, groupshow at Maurice Verbaet Center, Antwerp (BE)

'Middle Gate II’, curated by Bart De Baere, CC De Werft, Geel, (BE)

‘Affiniteiten #1', groupshow, /w Vaast Colson, Marie José Burki, Mitja Tušek, curated by Stella Lohaus, LLS Paleis, Antwerp (BE) 

Lust, Laughter and Liquor, groupshow, PLUS-ONE gallery and Gallery Sofie Van De Velde at Art Brussels, Brussels, (BE) 

Lust, Laughter and Liquor, groupshow, PLUS-ONE gallery and Gallery Sofie Van De Velde, Antwerp (BE)

Private Choices, Centrale, Brussels, (BE)

Working on the margins: artist-in-residence program in Brabant, bkkc, Tilburg, (NL)

Drawings project with Danielle Lemaire, Extrapool, Nijmegen, (NL)
Vitrine, solo presentation at NICC, Brussels, (BE)


Social-artistic project with the students of (W)onderweg vzw, Antwerp (BE)
Pélamide, groupshow curated by Lilou Vidal at Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, (BE)

infiniteflowersplusone, groupshow at Plus One Gallery, Antwerp, (BE) 

Biacho, groupshow curated by Denie Put, Het Bos, Antwerp, (BE)


Living in dreams, groupshow curated by Frank Koolen & Els Fiers, De Bond, Brugge, (BE)
Frieze NY, represented by Carl Freedman Gallery, New York, (US)
Part of the 'I'll show you mine if you show me yours' solo show by Vaast Colson at Muhka, Antwerp, (BE)

Benefit for Croxhapox exhibition, Croxhapox, Ghent, (BE)

'Verloren Ruimte', groupshow curated by Lot Doms at Verloren Ruimte, Antwerp, (BE)
Hundred Zundert book presentation with Posture Editions, KIOSK, Ghent, (BE)
The Armory Show, represented by Carl Freedman Gallery, New York, (US)

'Ten Dans', groupshow curated by Lieven Segers, Cultuurcentrum, Maasmechelen (BE)


Rock, Paper, Scissors, groupshow at Primo Piano, Paris, (FR)

Wrijving v gedachten/Antwerpen-Zundert, groupshow Vincent van GoghHuis, Zundert, (NL)
11 kunstenaars tegen de muur, groupshow curated by Lieven Segers, Antwerp, (BE) Before the food fight, groupshow curated by Gertie Clark, Chocoladefabriek, Tongeren (BE)
Character Traits, groupshow, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, (US)

Me, Myself and I, groupshow, trampoline, Antwerp (BE) 

Dames van Plezier, limited edition for Vrienden van het S.M.A.K., S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
Comic Relief, groupshow, Levy Delval, Brussels, (BE) 

Inhabitants, groupshow, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, (CH)

Six possibilities in painting, groupshow, Galerie Bernhard, Zürich, Switzerland, (CH)

Blue Pink Black, groupshow, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, (UK) 

Tranen uit de Schelde, Art’s Birthday, mural for MuHKA Antwerp, (BE)


De vierkantigste rechthoek, groupshow curated by Tom Barman, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, (NL)

We will never surrender, groupshow, The Bries Space, Antwerp (BE)

ATLAS, groupshow w/ Kasper Bosmans & Julien Meert, MOTInternational, Brussels, (BE)
Van de sokkel, Antwerpse avant-garde ten noorde van het zuid, groupshow curated by Christine Clinckx, Kris Van Dessel and Johan Pas, Hof De Bist, Ekeren, (BE)

Verf Na Van Eyck, groupshow, Croxhapox, Ghent, (BE) 

VIRUS, groupshow, Netwerk, Aalst, (BE) 

L'Europe des Artistes, groupshow curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, (NO) 

Heyoka, groupshow curated by Simon Delobel, Stadslimiet, Antwerp, (BE)

Exercise Empathy, collaboration with Vaast Colson, groupshow, curated by Bunk Club, Koplot, Brussels, (BE)

Medium of everything, groupshow, curated by Jerry Galle, Zwarte Zaal, Ghent, (BE)
Elevator Pitch, groupshow, Base Alpha Gallery, Antwerp 
2014 No Basement Is Deep Enough, curated by Ignace De bruyn, 44sic, Antwerp, (BE)


Pop Up Expo ZOUT, groupshow organized by BAM and Vrijstaat O., Muzee, (BE)

Salon der Angst, curated by Cathérine Hug & Nicolaus Schafhausen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, (AT)

Time Space Poker Face, curated by Sofie Van Loo, Be-Part, Waregem, (B) 


Definitional Disruptions, /w Filip Gilissen & Hedwig Houben, Kunstraum London, (EN) Un-Scene II, curated by Elena Filipovic and Anne-Claire Schmitz, Wiels, Brussels, (B) 

Tiny Abstracts of Today, Martin Van Blerk Gallery, Antwerp, (B) 

BOOKSHOWBOOKSHOP, curated by Johan Pas & Vaast Colson, Be-Part, (B)


Aerts-Ceulers-Herman-Poelmans, part of En dan nu... muziek, a solo show by Vaast Colson, De Garage, Mechelen, (B) 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, curated by Cakehouse, Scheld’apen, Antwerp, (B) 

Billboard Project, group show, Antwerp, (B) 

Art’s Birthday, groupshow, Muhka, Antwerp, (B) 


Traveling after Zbigniew Herbert and Pan Cogito, Poetry and Arts festival, Watou, (B) POP ART, groupshow curated by Kati Heck, Lieven Segers, Dennis Tyfus and Michèle Matyn, NICC, Antwerp, (B) 

Koaz Lily, groupshow curated by Fia Cielen, VVB8 Gallery, Antwerp, (B) 


Coming People, curated Meruro Washida & Thibaut Verhoeven, S.M.A.K., Ghent, (B) Registration of an action in Oudenaarde, Versus V, Oudenaarde, (B) 

Piece of Cake, groupshow curated by Cake House, Scheld’apen, Antwerp, (B)


In-Flux, curated by Michel De Wilde, Machine à eau, Bergen/Mons, (B) 


Input/Output, De Bond, Brugge, (B)

Books – Publications

2018 Checkered Checkmate, published by Lord Nelson and PLUS-ONE Gallery 2018 Lord Nelsons Photo Album (#1), published by Lord Nelson

2018 Ontmaskerd Maske 2, published by Lord Nelson

2017 Ontmaskerd Maske, published by De Warande
2016 Billenkoek, published by Lord Nelson 

2016 Hundred Zundert, published with Posture Editions

2015 Lord Nelson Posters, artist book published by Lord Nelson 

2014 Boomhanger (self-portrait), postcard, reissued by Netwerk, Aalst 

2014 Lord Nelsons Portrait Gallery, artist book and stool, published by Lord Nelson

2014 Al draagt een aap een gouden ring, het is en blijft een lelijk ding, w/ Vaast Colson, poster edition, published by Clean Press & Lord Nelson
2013 De averechtse val, artist book published by Lord Nelson and Galerie VidalCuglietta
2012 Looking in Looking out, artist book published by Lord Nelson 

2012 Boomhanger (self-portrait), postcard, published by Lord Nelson 

2012 Catalogus: De dans rond het uurglas, artist book, self-published
2011 Het gehavend handje, w/ Gerard Herman, artist book, self-published w/ Gerard Herman
2011 Whilst the Master sleeps, Nel Aerts & Vaast Colson, artist book published by Clean Press
2011 Have a happy one (voor Jan, voor Jelle), booklet on two copies, self-published 2011 Undisclosed Gathering, artist book, self-published
2011 De grote overtocht, artist book, published by Nel Aerts and Hectoliter
2010 Wandelingen (voor Vic), booklet on one copy, self-published 

2009 Registratie van een actie in Oudenaarde, self-published 

2007 Untitled, self-published