Born in Duffel (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Luc Deleu (°1944) calls Antwerp his home. In 1970, just after having graduated from his architectural studies, he founds the T.O.P. office (Turn-On Planning office) in Antwerp as an interdisciplinary urban planning company. That same year, Deleu also hold his first solo exhibition: Luc Deleu says goodbye to architecture for new horizons in the self-curated Antwerp Vacuüm gallery. To date, he has given up neither architecture nor art, seeing them both as closely related manifestations of thought: ‘I am an artist, because I am an architect.'
The T.O.P. office has always been radically focused on increasing opportunities for social reflection and has done this in a plethora of different ways. Deleu is a powerful presence on the Flemish and Belgian architectural scene, famous for his heated confrontations with the Belgian Architects Association, and for his recalcitrant perspectives that have influenced generations of architectural students, among which include ‘design research’, an idea that currently enjoys enormous sway and which he devised himself. Published in 1980, the ‘Orbanistisch Manifest’ [Manifesto to the World] represents the pinnacle of his ability for critical discourse, advocating that the rationale underlying urban planning be expanded worldwide.
Deleu's radical visual proposals take shape as plans or scale models, as well as in concrete actions, such as exercises in scale and perspective or container constructions. Many of the radical depictions, but also the arrangement of public architectural-planning presentations and socio-urban spaces for reflection materialise within the visual artistic space, distributed and safeguarded therein as well.
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Voorstel tot totaal onbru...
Luc Deleu, Voorstel tot totaal onbruik van de publieke verlichting. Orbanisch idee voor Antwerpen. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
De Evenaar / The Equator ...
Luc Deleu, De Evenaar / The Equator W100°28'679, 1999. Photography, ink on canvas.
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15 October 2011 - 25 November 2011.
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LATT: MUHKADEMIE 2013
27 September 2013 - 05 January 2014.
In 2013, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp marked its 350th anniversary. This makes it the fourth oldest art school in the world and the
Kunstwerk van de maand 2014
01 January 2014 - 31 December 2014.
January: Panamarenko – Blimp, 2013. February: Luc Deleu – Mobile medium architecture promotion, 1974. March: Patrick Van Caeckenbergh – Teken
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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"... They cannot be reduced. They’re not representable. The claim of the complexity of their design is irreducible. They never give the impre
ORBANISM This term, created by Luc Deleu, led us to pairing him with Allan Sekula and Dimitris Alithinos. ‘Orbanism’ can be described