Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Mortsel (BE).
Luc Tuymans was born in 1958 in Mortsel, Belgium. He lives in Antwerp. After studying painting and art history in Brussels and Antwerp he emerged as an artist in the mid-1980s. His first, self-organised, solo exhibition took place in the once grand Thermae Palace in Ostend in 1985. Tuymans has since made a name for himself as one of the most accomplished and most sought-after contemporary painters. The series Der diagnostische Blick (‘The Diagnostic Look', 1992) might be called his international breakthrough, with its reinterpretation of the painterly based on images from a medical handbook dedicated to a goal-orientated yet disinterested vision. Quite the opposite of what painting often claims for itself. We recognise the formal characteristics of Tuymans’s work: the muted palette, the horizontal brushstrokes, the blurred and cropped imagery. In numerous series of painted images Tuymans has addressed other controversial topics, such as the Second World War (often working from photographs reproduced in the wartime Nazi propaganda magazine Signal), the Belgian Congo (Mwana Kitoko, in the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2001) or contemporary global politics (The Secretary of State, after a photograph of Condoleezza Rice).
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Luc Tuymans, Refribell (nr.5), 1981-1982. Photography, photograph, paper, 417 x 490 mm.
Luc Tuymans, Nautilius (nr.17), 1981-1982. Photography, photograph, paper, 417 x 490 mm.
Luc Tuymans, Refribell (nr.10), 1981-1982. Photography, photograph, paper, 417 x 490 mm.
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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
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
Salon de Peinture
17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019.
For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the curren
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’...
07 June 2019 - 15 September 2019.
AMBERES – Roberto Bolaño’s Antwerp An exhibition inspired by a novel, a city and a scene Artists include: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Im
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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 exhibition Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp is a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on wo
ADDRESSING MEMORY This is an issue that came to mind when we paired the work of Luc Tuymans with that of Ilias Papailiakis and Wilhelm Sa
We're happy to share a number of artworks which will be on display in our new collection space as of 27 April 2017.