Luc Tuymans  (Belgian, 1958) 

Luc Tuymans (Belgian, b.1958) is one of the most prominent living Belgian painters, highly regarded for his paintings that draw on visual techniques from photography and film. Born in Antwerp, Tuymans studied art and art history in Brussels for several years, holding his first solo exhibition of paintings in 1986. In addition to painting, Tuymans has also studied film, printmaking, and photography, and is concerned with the nature of representation in these art forms as well as in mass media as a whole. He frequently incorporates photographic aesthetics into his painted works, in paintings with cropped angles, and blurred imagery, often derived from photographs the artist has taken. Tuymans depicts everyday figures, architectural sites, and other ordinary subjects in his works but often gives his pieces titles alluding to World War II and other somber topics. When given such austere titles, his images evoke narratives of trauma, violence, and anxiety, questioning the limits of memory and representation in painting. In recent works, Tuymans has used imagery from cell phone cameras and other new technologies as the source material for his paintings. His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others; most recently, Tuyman has been preparing for his first United States retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Tuymans currently lives and works in Antwerp.

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Zeno X Gallery
Luc Tuymans, Tunnel


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Heather James Fine Art
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Luc Tuymans
The Temple

Winwood Gallery
Luc Tuymans, Allo!


Luc Tuymans

Winwood Gallery
Luc Tuymans, The Valley


Luc Tuymans
The Valley

Winwood Gallery
Luc Tuymans, Peaches and Technicolor


Luc Tuymans
Peaches and Technicolor

Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
Luc Tuymans, Interior Nr. II


Luc Tuymans
Interior Nr. II

Zeno X Gallery
Luc Tuymans, Harbor/Refribell


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Luc Tuymans
Untitled, 1986
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Luc Tuymans, Untitled (Man with tie)


Luc Tuymans
Untitled (Man with tie), 1978
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1958   Born in Mortsel, Belgium
1976 - 1979   Studied fine arts at Sint-Lukasinstituut, Brussels, Belgium
1979 - 1980   Attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels, Belgium
1980 - 1982   Attended the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, Belgium
1982 - 1986   Studied art history at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium
1993   Recipient, Flemish Culture Award for Visual Arts
2006   Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
  Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium
2011   Luc Tuymans, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2010 - 2011   Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2009 - 2011   Luc Tuymans, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH [itinerary: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium] [catalogue published in 2009] (solo)
2010   Luc Tuymans, David Zwirner, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Luc Tuymans: Against the Day, Wiels Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium [itinerary: Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia; Moderna Museet, Stolkholm, Sweden] [each venue published its own catalogue] (solo)
2008   Die Hande der Kunst, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
The Hands of Art, SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
2007   Wako Works of Art - 15 Years / Part II, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006   Afrika Remix, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Art Reflecting Medicine, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany
Luc Tuymans, Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, Ishikawa, Japan (solo)
Luc Tuymans, Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal (solo)
2005   Compton Verney House Trust, Warwickshire, England (solo)
Les Gilles de Binche, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Art and its Space, Benefit Auction, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
2004   Luc Tuyamns, Tate Modern, London, England (solo)
Luc Tuyamns, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Tracing, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Luc Tuymans, Display Room 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, England (solo)
Karel Appel. Onderweg-Reis van Rudi Fuchs langs de kunst der Lage Landen, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten Brussels, Belgium
Carpe Artem, Kunstproject in de stad St. Truiden, Limburg, Belgium
Witslag, Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen-aan-de-Leie, Belgium
The Undiscovered Country, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Contre-images, Carre d'Art, Nïmes, France
The Voice of Art, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Reinstallation of the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2003   The Arena, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Display, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
Fortune, David Zwirner, New York, NY (solo)
Curtains: Reconstitution, Clermont-Ferrand, France (solo)
The Rumor: Monoprints, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Niks, Zeno X Storage, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2001   The Rumour, White Cube, London, England (solo)
Imperfektum, Rogaland Kunstmuseum, Rogaland, Norway (solo)
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Luc Tuymans, Belgian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy [catalogue] (solo)
2000   Mwana Kitoko: beautiful white man, David Zwirner, New York, NY [catalogue] (solo)
Undetermined, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue] (solo)
Insolence, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Luc Tuymans Sincerely, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue] (solo)
1999   Splendid Isolation, White Cube, London, England (solo)
The Purge, Paintings/1991-1998, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (solo)
The Passion, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerpen, Belgium (solo)
1998   Security, David Zwirner, New York, NY (solo)
Privacy: Luc Tuymans, Miroslav Balka, Fundacao de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (solo)
Premonition: Works on paper, capcMus�e d�art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France [catalogue] (solo)
Delayed, Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden (solo)
Der Architekt, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1997   Premonition: Works on paper, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (solo)
Illegitimate, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Ons Geluk: One Year Presentation of Luc Tuymans and Dany Devos, Breydelstraat 5, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1996   The Heritage, David Zwirner, New York, NY (solo)
Necklace, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1995   Supersition, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
Luc Tuymans. Paintings, 1978-1993, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Heimat, Mus�e des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France [catalogue] (solo)
Le Verdict, Centre Genevois de gravure contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Blow Up. Luc Tuymans. Schilderijen paintings 1985-1995. De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands [catalogue] (solo)
The Agony, Galerie Foksal SBWA, Warsaw, Poland (solo)
Heimat, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1994   Indelible Evidence, Galerie Erika and Otto Friedrich, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
Superstition, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany [catalogue] (solo)
At random, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1993   Luc Tuymans, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany [catalogue] (solo)
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Intolerance, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerpen, Belgium (solo)
Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
1992   Luc Tuymans, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland [catalogue] (solo)
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Repulsion, Isabella Kacprzak Gallery, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1991   Disenchantment, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
Le Creux de l'Enfer, Centre d' Art Contemporain, Thiers, France (solo)
1990   Schilderijen 1978-1989, Plateau, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Tekeningen, Schouwburg Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Suspended, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1989   Zimmer Frei, Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
A Place in the Sun, Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1988   Josefine n'est pas ma femme, Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1985   Belgian Art Review, Palais des Thermes, Oostende, Belgium (solo)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Tate Gallery, London, England
2009    Molesworth, Helen. Luc Tuymans. Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts, 2009
2003    Loock, Ulrich. Luc Tuymans. New York: Phaidon Press, 2003