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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Trouble Spot • Painting
Luc Tuymans, Narcisse Tordoir, Trouble Spot • Painting, 1999. Book, ink, paper, 27 x 23.5 cm, 174 p., language : Dutch, French, English, German, publisher : MUseum van Hedendaagse Kunst/NICC, Antwerpen, ISBN : 90-72828-06-2.
Narcisse Tordoir, Zonder Titel , 1985. Mixed Media, acrylic on wood, plaster, 400 x 140 x 5 cm.
De 4 seizoenen / The 4 Se...
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Narcisse Tordoir, Hugo Roelandt, De 4 seizoenen / The 4 Seasons, 1977. Performance.
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Textiles – Art and the So...
10 September 2009 - 03 January 2010.
*Textiles Art and the Social Fabric* is an exhibition of artist who use textiles materials or related concepts, tapping this medium’s potenti
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
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
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
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public