Xavier Debeerst chercheur visuel, France

The Studio

Xavier Debeerst was born in Ypres (Belgium) and studied art cinema and photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, with a thesis on the history of photography for the European Society for the History of Photography (ESPh).

History and photography always go hand in hand for Xavier Debeerst. He has been particularly concerned with the interplay between photography and other media.

His studies were followed by a period in the art world with various exhibitions. After an international career in marketing (internet), he founded the photo gallery Anamorfose, specializing in historical photography.


Since 2016, Xavier Debeerst has been living and working in the French countryside as an antique dealer. He went to France in search of clear skies to start his astronomy project "Les Observatoires du Clain". The project was slowed down by the Covid crisis. The moment to resume his former passion for painting.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Verbeke Foundation (BE), Installation art and astronomy as part of the "Junk Culture - City Art" project.
  • "Les Observatoires du Clain," an observatory with historical telescopes.
  • _polarity_duality_ , exhibition in Sommières-du-Clain." 



Collective Expositions

2024 Musée Expo Brux (86, FR)
2023 Cuvée 2023, Abbey Valence Couhé (86, FR)
2015 Commissaire De L'exposition "Astronomical" Au Center For Creative Photography, University Of Arizona Tucson, United States
2003 Commissaire De L'exposition « Tatouage, Sources De La Photographie Surréaliste », Stedelijk Museum Breda, Netherlands
1991 Crox 17-1 Copy Art, Croxhapox Gand, Belgium
1989 : Lijn 9, Klapstuk Festival De Danse Avec Entre Autre Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Platel, Daniël Larrieu Leuven, Belgium
1989 25 Ans De Photographie Au Kask, SMAK (Musée D’art Contemporain De La Ville De Gand, Be) Gand, Belgium
1987 Vue 87 Bruxelles, Belgium
1987 Académie Des Beaux-Arts Breda, Netherlands
1987 Conservatoire Royal De Musique Gand, Belgium

Solo Expositions


2023 _Polarity_Duality_ Sommières-du-Clain, France 



I draw inspiration from a range of figures, including Giotto, Fernando Pessoa, Nietzsche, Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Broodhaers, Jasper Johns, John Cale, Bela Bartok, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, György Sándor Ligeti, Stockhausen, and Jordi Savall.



_LB_2022_, Xavier Debeerst 

Lees mijn artikel over de geschiedenis van de selfie en de instant fotografie : "Selfies: heerlijk en lekker indien ze van een appeltaart zijn" op Het Verzet.

Music is very important when I'm working in the Studio.  I prefer classic records.

The classic records.

Books and the painting Eyes.

Encaustic melting.  Almost ready for use.

Old documents.  Collecting them and also a source of inspiration.

Resting place.  In front a reproduction of L'Angelus by Millet.  Part of the installation _original_reproduction_original_ .

Always surrounded with 19th century child drawings.  An important source of inspiration.

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