Luc Tuymans: Glasses

Past display archive
4 October 2016 - 2 April 2017

Room 16


Portrait, 2000 Private Collection. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Portrait by Luc Tuymans, 2000; Private Collection; Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

A display of portraits of sitters wearing glasses made and selected by the internationally renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans. Since the 1970s Tuymans has been preoccupied with how we perceive people and things. His work, with its use of found images and photographs and its meditations on history and memory, makes the banal striking, in this case the everyday phenomenon of spectacles, which are now so ubiquitous as to go almost unnoticed.


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