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We are pleased to present a unique group of works by Luc Tuymans which beautifully illustrate the artist's diverse working techniques and their emphemeral aesthetic quality. Tuymans' paintings are characterised by their figurative and fading subjects of apparently very mundane and small images of landscapes, interiors, objects and masked people. "Still lifes and portraits are interchangeable, they can all tell the same story, as long as the tone is equally hushed." (U. Loock, in Luc Tuymans, London 1996, p. 97). In this sense, Tuymans addresses the idea of memory or the lack thereof through the economic use of his medium. Like a memory, the paintings seem to be out of reach, the original is fading away, the scenes are emptied. His paintings are not about freezing a moment in time as photography does Rather they state the instability of memory and remembering, the inaccuracies that creep into the collective memory of ones history and personal memory, through the passing of time. By using grisaille or monochromatic colours, the images lose themselves in an objective, nameless reality, which make Tuymans' works so intriguing.
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