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
Narcisse Tordoir, Bréhima Kone, L'Africeur de Bogolan, 2004-2005. Object, bogolan cloth, 237 x 130 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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Visite - Kunstenparcours ...
28 September 2013 - 13 October 2013.
De Ververij, a cultural centre in Ronse, has devised a challenging art-route through the center of the city featuring top textile designs fro
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
14 August 2015 - 31 January 2016.
The M HKA collection is always expanding. With Recent acquisitions, M HKA showcased purchases that help shape our excisting collection. When
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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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
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Werk van Narcisse Tordoir...
Narcisse Tordoir once said “I am going to paint in a fashion that is in no way reminiscent of painting”, thereby locating himself outside the