Lives in Amsterdam (NL), born in Cape Town (ZA).
'I am an artist who uses second-hand images and first-hand emotions'. - Marlene Dumas, 1989
Marlene Dumas (°1953) grows up in Cape Town, South Africa under the apartheid regime, which continues to have a big influence on her critical thinking. She studies painting at the Cape Town Academy. The dark, figurative and worrisome works from that period are permeated by a sultry unrest. The censorship, however, starts to weigh on her and in 1976 she moves to Amsterdam, where she still lives today.
During the first years in Amsterdam she works mostly with paper, creating large drawings in pencil, ink or chalk, usually with text, sometimes with newspaper and magazine clippings. The paper is pasted, torn, mottled and scratched. Dumas brings together events from her own life and stories and images from movies and books, but she always allows the viewers to make their own interpretation.
The role of women is a central starting point in her work, ranging from the female nude, which has lost its meaning, to the naked woman who loses her senses. She paints many portraits, sometimes in soft colours, that present hard truths. A portraits of a child shows no laughing, rosy face, but an aged child with a stony look, full of knowing. Many faces cover her canvases, ranging from the mentally ill to female idols.
Dumas searches for a specific person, rather than the general, a person set in a specific time, rather than a symbol. Her paintings share the same qualities as the photographic source material: a directness, loss of details, overexposure, lack of sharpness and skewed proportions.
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INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verbo...
Ria Pacquée, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler, Marlene Dumas, INDIVIDU : DUIDING. Verboden verbindingen + Twijfelachtige verbanden (Marlene Dumas, Christine & Irene Hohenbuchler, Annemie Van Kerckhoven, Ria Pacquée), 1991. Book, ink, paper, 42 x 29.8 cm, 31 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten/Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen.
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EXTRA MUROS: Visite Genk ...
02 July 2014 - 31 August 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Herze...
03 April 2015 - 03 May 2015.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA - in collaboration with LOCUS, the nerve centre for libraries, cultural and community centres and l
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
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Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Charif Benhelima, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Craigie Horsfield, Vlad Monroe, Sergey Bratkov, N.
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
GEWELD | VIOLENCE
It seems clear that in the case of Dymphna, the sting – t.i., the violence – is in the tail of her story, in the beheadings and the flickerin