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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Schaal en Perspectief [Sc...
Luc Deleu, Schaal en Perspectief [Scale and Perspective], 1980. Sculpture, bristol cardboard, plastic, 80 x 80 x 80 cm.
Voorstel tot verwaarlozin...
Luc Deleu, Voorstel tot verwaarlozing van de wegverharding. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
Madrid - Madrid en 80 jou...
Luc Deleu, Madrid - Madrid en 80 jours par son antipode, 40°25S 176°17° (Weber), 1993. Mixed Media, 3 x (134 x 94 cm).
Mobile Medium University ...
Luc Deleu, Mobile Medium University Revisited (floating U.I.A.), 1972-1982. Mixed Media, wood, plastic, paint, plexi, 110 x 60 x 25 cm.
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De Verzameling II en een ...
30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.
'De Verzameling II' showed a selection of the M HKA collection. Artists: Ulay & Marina Abramovic, Guillaume Bijl, Jean Marie Bijtebie
Joseph Beuys – Greetings...
13 October 2017 - 21 January 2018.
The exhibition Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian will seek simultaneously to consider Beuys’ activities in Antwerp during the 1960s
Museum E!: The residents'...
23 April 2017 - 22 October 2017.
M HKA and the Immaculata nursing home have developed an enduring partnership on the topic of contemporary art. This project aims to stimulate
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Stichting Gordon Matta-Cl...
In various ways, the ICC played an important part in forming the potential of the collection. Flor Bex aspired to establish a museum in Antwe
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
Free International Univer...
In 1974, Joseph Beuys and writer Heinrich Böll founded the Freie Internationale Hochschule für Kreativität und Interdisziplinäre Forschung (F