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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Geen jets te Deurne... Or...
Luc Deleu, Geen jets te Deurne... Orbanisch idee voor Antwerpen. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
Luc Deleu - Vrije ruimte ...
Luc Deleu, Luc Deleu - Vrije ruimte / Espace libre / Open Space, 1980. Book, ink, paper, 29.6 x 21 cm, 31 p., language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : ICC/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
SATURNUS V. Voorstel de b...
Luc Deleu, SATURNUS V. Voorstel de bestaande raketten te gebruiken om (nucleair) afval naar de zon te schieten [Proposal to Use Existing Rockets for Shooting (Nuclear) Refuse to the Sun], 1975. Print, ink, paper, 115 x 98.5 cm.
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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
The collection IV – Summe...
31 May 2003 - 17 August 2003.
In the fourth chapter, which is presented during the summer months, it is the turn of the Antwerp artist-architect Luc Deleu (°1944, Duffel).
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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We're happy to share a number of artworks which will be on display in our new collection space as of 27 April 2017.
ONDERZOEK / RECHERCHE / R...
Research, often limited to the empirical and scientific sphere, refers in fact to any gathering of data initiated by a question. This essenti