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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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)

Literature

2009
Molesworth, Helen. Luc Tuymans. Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts, 2009
2003
Loock, Ulrich. Luc Tuymans. New York: Phaidon Press, 2003