Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Mortsel (BE).
Luc Tuymans was born in 1958 in Mortsel, Belgium. He lives in Antwerp. After studying painting and art history in Brussels and Antwerp he emerged as an artist in the mid-1980s. His first, self-organised, solo exhibition took place in the once grand Thermae Palace in Ostend in 1985. Tuymans has since made a name for himself as one of the most accomplished and most sought-after contemporary painters. The series Der diagnostische Blick (‘The Diagnostic Look', 1992) might be called his international breakthrough, with its reinterpretation of the painterly based on images from a medical handbook dedicated to a goal-orientated yet disinterested vision. Quite the opposite of what painting often claims for itself. We recognise the formal characteristics of Tuymans’s work: the muted palette, the horizontal brushstrokes, the blurred and cropped imagery. In numerous series of painted images Tuymans has addressed other controversial topics, such as the Second World War (often working from photographs reproduced in the wartime Nazi propaganda magazine Signal), the Belgian Congo (Mwana Kitoko, in the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2001) or contemporary global politics (The Secretary of State, after a photograph of Condoleezza Rice).
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Luc Tuymans, Harbours (nr.12), 1981-1982. Photography, photograph, paper, 417 x 490 mm.
Premonition (Series II)
Luc Tuymans, Premonition (Series II), 2003. Print, paper j. wathman 1961 hmp, 53.3 x 44.2 cm.
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M HKA in het Paleis op de...
During the Cultuurmarkt (Culture Market), the M HKA is taking over the Blue Salon of the Palace on the Meir. This marks the start of an ongo
THE GAP – Abstract Art fr...
30 January 2016 - 29 May 2016.
Focusing on the notion of abstraction in twentieth-century and contemporary Belgian art and the varying sources of influence and inspiration
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Since the end of May 2002, the M HKA has strayed from the beaten track of museum catalogues. The M HKA does not consider a systematic thereof
The exhibition Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp is a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on wo
Worth Fighting For
14.11 - 14.12.2022 Oskar-Jäger-Strasse 97-99, 50933 Cologne Open every day, 10:00 – 18:00 The Ukrainian fight is about the sur