Born in Duffel (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Luc Deleu (°1944) calls Antwerp his home. In 1970, just after having graduated from his architectural studies, he founds the T.O.P. office (Turn-On Planning office) in Antwerp as an interdisciplinary urban planning company. That same year, Deleu also hold his first solo exhibition: Luc Deleu says goodbye to architecture for new horizons in the self-curated Antwerp Vacuüm gallery. To date, he has given up neither architecture nor art, seeing them both as closely related manifestations of thought: ‘I am an artist, because I am an architect.'
The T.O.P. office has always been radically focused on increasing opportunities for social reflection and has done this in a plethora of different ways. Deleu is a powerful presence on the Flemish and Belgian architectural scene, famous for his heated confrontations with the Belgian Architects Association, and for his recalcitrant perspectives that have influenced generations of architectural students, among which include ‘design research’, an idea that currently enjoys enormous sway and which he devised himself. Published in 1980, the ‘Orbanistisch Manifest’ [Manifesto to the World] represents the pinnacle of his ability for critical discourse, advocating that the rationale underlying urban planning be expanded worldwide.
Deleu's radical visual proposals take shape as plans or scale models, as well as in concrete actions, such as exercises in scale and perspective or container constructions. Many of the radical depictions, but also the arrangement of public architectural-planning presentations and socio-urban spaces for reflection materialise within the visual artistic space, distributed and safeguarded therein as well.
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Geen jets te Deurne... Or...
Luc Deleu, Geen jets te Deurne... Orbanisch idee voor Antwerpen. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
Voorstel tot verwaarlozin...
Luc Deleu, Voorstel tot verwaarlozing van de wegverharding. Print, ink, paper, 1180 x 1080 mm.
Luc Deleu & T.O.P. Office...
Luc Deleu, Luc Deleu & T.O.P. Office 1967-1991, 1991. Book, ink, paper, 21 x 27,5 cm, 127 p., language : Dutch, French, English, publisher : Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.
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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
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
16 September 2017 - 12 November 2017.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
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SUPERDEMOCATIE / SUPERDEM...
The voices of citizens are heard louder than ever in parliaments all over the world, while the diversity of who and what these institutions r
ONDERZOEK / RECHERCHE / R...
Research, often limited to the empirical and scientific sphere, refers in fact to any gathering of data initiated by a question. This essenti