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Luc Tuymans: Glasses
ANTWERP  •  Museum aan de Stroom  •  13 May - 18 September 2016
 

For the exhibition Glasses, Luc Tuymans looks back at his oeuvre thematically for the first time. It includes portraits, of ‘nameless people’ and historic figures, and other works. The leitmotiv is a ‘pair of glasses’.

The selection includes iconic works from Tuymans’ oeuvre, whose major themes include Nazism, colonialism and nationalism. In the series ‘Die Zeit’, SS officer Heydrich masks his face behind dark glasses, a young King Boudewijn disembarks an aeroplane in Leopoldville hidden by sunglasses, Patrice Lumumba wears glasses and a tie while looking us right in the eye at close quarters, the smiling American family man Milteer, with enlarged eyes behind his glasses, is an extremist-racist, the face of the Flemish author Ernest Claes becomes a kind of empty mask-with-glasses...

The work of the Belgian painter Luc Tuymans (1958) is an ongoing investigation of images and the flood of images in which we are immersed on a daily basis; of how people and things appear to us; and of the gap between representation and reality. Because glasses help shape the way someone looks, such an apparently obvious instrument is important to an artist and image researcher. However incidental they may seem to be, glasses help determine how we ‘read’ a person’s identity.



Museum aan de Stroom Website


Contact: Museum aan de Stroom
Hanzestedenplaats 1
2000 Antwerp

Tel: (32) 3 338 44 00

Andres Serrano Uncensored photographs
BRUSSELS  •  Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium  •  18 March - 21 August 2016
 
 

Through his photography, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality. Relgion, death, sex or violence are omnipresent in the retrospective exhibition – the largest one ever organized. But beyond these powerful topics and past the “Piss Christ” controversy, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. Five works which were judged as scandalous and destroyed during previous exhibitions will also be on display, thus questioning the limits of censorship.

Simultaneously, the Museums – in the streets of Brussels – presents Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of the capital’s homeless.

Through his photography, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality. Relgion, death, sex or violence are omnipresent in the retrospective exhibition – the largest one ever organized. But beyond these powerful topics and past the “Piss Christ” controversy, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. Five works which were judged as scandalous and destroyed during previous exhibitions will also be on display, thus questioning the limits of censorship.

Simultaneously, the Museums – in the streets of Brussels – presents Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of the capital’s homeless.

Born in 1950 in New York, Andres Serrano studied painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Although he takes photographs, the artist does not consider himself a photographer, but more a visual artist who uses photography as a medium. The work of Serrano, like that of Mapplethorpe, was at the center of cultural wars in 1989, when his photography “Piss Christ” ignited a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks.

The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s series by placing them in their historical and social context: provocation and iconoclasm, blasphemy and critical testimony of a world in dereliction, a human story of the individual in its singularity. This way, it takes us into the world and mind of the artist.

The series:

• “Immersions” and “Bodily Fluids” unveil both the pictorial – almost abstract – dimension of his work and the importance of Christian religion in it.

• The portrait, another capital and recurring dimension, is especially present through, among others, “Nomads”, “The Klan” and “America”, testimonies of a suffering humanity.

• “The Church” and “Holy Works” question his Christian faith.

• Emblematic works like “The Morgue”, “Objects of Desire” and “The Interpretation of Dreams” allow the viewer to go beyond the picture to reach the conscience of humanity itself.

• With “Cuba” and “Jerusalem”, he introduces the place as a subject in itself. Both projects significantly transformed his way of looking at things.

• Finally, with the “Residents of New York” and the “Denizens of Brussels”, the experience of the place transforms the art of the portrait by creating a work that both sadly topical and timeless.

• His latest series “Torture” closes the course.



Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium website


Contact: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Tel: 32 (0)2 508 32 11



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