Panoptès is a collection of modern and contemporary art as well as a platform dedicated to research initiatives in the fields of art and philosophy. It was founded by Émilie De Pauw in 2015.
At the core of our interests lie the ways in which artists interrogate and redefine the phenomenological experience of space, light, sound and movement. We seek to engage primarily with the nature of perception through investigations of the expanded field of sculpture, immersive environments, and the uses of technology and science in the creation of sensory experiences. The collection includes pieces from different moments of the history of art of the twentieth century including Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, GRAV and Light and Space. Our efforts are put towards the development of a wider understanding of phenomenal and experiential art through the study of the influence of key ideas developed by early twentieth-century artists and theorists on the radical practices of the 1960s and 1970s but also the legacies of these ideas on contemporary practices.
As a platform, Panoptès has several aims. We consider the possible ways in which the collection can be extended through acquisitions, or can travel through loans to institutions in Belgium and abroad. We support emerging artists through commissions and develop research initiatives to bring together artists, art historians and curators with experts from different fields. And lastly we offer a program of workshops bridging philosophy and art for children.