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, Waterloo (nr.13), 1981-1982. Photography, photograph, paper, 417 x 490 mm.
Feu d'artifice [Fireworks]
Luc Tuymans, Feu d'artifice [Fireworks], 1982. Video, videotape u-matic, kca 30, 00:26:43.
Peaches and Technicolor
Luc Tuymans, Peaches and Technicolor, 2013. Print, screenprint on paper, ed. 75 + xv+ 10 ap + 5 ap, 76 x 56 cm.
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The collection XXVIII – I...
17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.
In the summer of 2011, the M HKA invited British artist Emily Wardill (°1977, Rugby) to make a selection of works from the collection, and to
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
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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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Aanwinsten 2013 [Acquisit...
In 2013 the collection was reinforced by contributions from the international avant-garde active in our region in the Sixties and Seventies,
ADDRESSING MEMORY This is an issue that came to mind when we paired the work of Luc Tuymans with that of Ilias Papailiakis and Wilhelm Sa