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Luc Tuymans at Zachęta
June 25, 2008   
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Come and See is the title of an exhibition of more than 70 paintings by Belgian painter Luc Tuymans at the National Zachęta Art Gallery in Warsaw. The exhibition is another in Zachęta's series highlighting the work of prominent contemporary artists.

Paintings are arranged according to several topics, with special emphasis on nationalism and the crimes of fascism. Visitors to Zachęta can also see works from one of Tuymans's most well-known series, Der Diagnostische Blick (The Diagnostic Look) from 1992.

Apart from paintings on canvas, Tuymans has created a mural entitled "The Church" specially for this exhibition. It is an enlarged version of his painting from 2006 depicting the interior of a Jesuit church in Eastern Europe.

A separate section of the exhibition displays documents, photographs, films and other items. The title of the exhibition was lifted from one of the artist's favorite movies, Idi i smotri (Come and See) by Elem Klimov from 1985. The movie tells the story of a Belarusian boy who experiences the occupation of his village during World War II. The movie theater of the Zachęta Gallery is showing Idi i smotri while the exhibition is on display.

FACTFILE
Luc Tuymans (born 1958) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. In the late 1970s and early '80s he studied painting in Brussels at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels la Cambre. In 1982-1986, he also studied the history of art at the Vrije Universiteit. He made his debut as a painter in 1985 at an exhibition in Ostend. He has also experimented with film.

In most of his works, Tuymans tackles the catastrophic consequences of recent history and politics, themes that stand in opposition to the pared-down form of his paintings. The most recurring themes in his works are fascism, nationalism and the role of the church in the history of nations. When he creates his paintings, Tuymans uses as reference archival materials such as old newspapers, books, photos, movies and Polaroid photos he takes himself.

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Until Aug. 17
National Zachęta Art Gallery, 3 Małachowskiego Sq., tel. 0-22 827-58-54
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