Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Mechelen (BE).
Narcisse Tordoir (°1954, Mechelen, Belgium) starts his career with experimental performances, alternative actions and spatial installations. Gradually, he elaborates a genre that might be called 'spatial painting', in which he plays with the potential to break through the painting's plane.
In the 1980s, Tordoir integrates pictorial and three-dimensional components to enhance the overall effect: paintings hung together at right angles, voids between painted panels, small objects and mirrors that reflect fragments of images in the works. Tordoir plays visual games, often borrowing strategies from art history. A recent example is the series with large-scale tableaux vivants that combine stage photography and painting and in which he refers to the 'empty' allegory of Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770).
In these and other works by Tordoir, time and memory play an important role. They are visual puzzles that evoke a multitude of associations and possible interpretations.
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L’Africeur de Bogolan (Vê...
Narcisse Tordoir, L’Africeur de Bogolan (Vêtements), 2004-2005. Installation, bogolan cloth, variable dimensions.
The Pink Spy
Narcisse Tordoir, The Pink Spy, 2013. Drawing, pastel on paper, mounted on dibond, 120 x 150 cm.
The Pink Spy 4
Narcisse Tordoir, The Pink Spy 4, 2013. Drawing, pastel on paper, mounted on dibond, 340 x 425 cm.
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Trouble Spot. Painting
08 May 1999 - 22 August 1999.
Artists: Anne Daems, René Daniels, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Raoul De Keyser, Marlene Dumas, Jan Andriesse, Carla Arocha, John Baldessari, Samuel
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
Narcisse Tordoir – The Pi...
13 March 2014 - 25 May 2014.
In the exhibition The Pink Spy, artist Narcisse Tordoir (°1954, Mechelen) tells stories in an intuitive and associative way about the existen
Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
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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
Hugo Roelandt (and group) never worked in the commercial art circuit. Roelandt started his career with Roger D'Hondt who ran a, small but inf