Curated by Petr Nedoma, Galerie Rudolfinum presents Michaël Borremans until 12 April 2020. Often inspired by slow motion film and cinematography, Borremans’s striking paintings address themes of unsettling psychology and documentation of dark realities. His work combines technical mastery with subject matter that defies straightforward interpretation.
“His way of grasping reality has much to do with the pictorial world of Dutch painting from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Even though he often links his pictorial subjects with present violence, they stand out with the extraordinary beauty of execution,” said Nedoma.
With thirty pieces on display, the exhibition titled The Duck presents a cross-section of Borremans’ practice as well as video works. For the first time on display are three new site specific paintings made in Autumn 2019.
Borremans’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at a number of prominent institutions. Most recently, Michaël Borremans: Fixture, was presented at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in 2015-2016. A major museum survey, Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets, which included one hundred works from the past two decades, was on view at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 2014.
Image: Michaël Borremans, Anděl, 2013, olej na plátně, 300 x 200 cm. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; photo: Peter Cox, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp // Michaël Borremans, The Angel, 2013, oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery. Antwerp; photo: Peter Cox, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp4 /11