Based on a selection of video works by Bałka, and a selection of works by Tuymans, the two artists have a conversation taking their mutual interest in memory, history and relevance as a starting point...
Both born in 1958, Luc Tuymans and Mirosław Bałka have been close friends for years, and their artistic paths crossed several times. In 1998 they collaborated in the two-person exhibition "Privacy", at Fundaçao de Serralves in Porto, and more recently, Bałka contributed 2 major installations to the 2010 group exhibition the Reality of the Lowest Rank, curated by Luc Tuymans and Tommy Simoens.
Over the past years the acclaimed sculptor Mirosław Bałka has been making concise and moving video works. He uses his video recordings as a repository of visual and thematic material, extending a sculptural language that is rich in associations with history and his native Poland.
Luc Tuymans is considered one of the most significant European painters of his generation and he has been an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists. Born and raised in Antwerp, where he lives and works, Tuymans is an inheritor to the vast tradition of Northern European painting. At the same time, as a child of the 1950s, his relationship to the medium is understandably influenced by photography, television, and cinema.
This lecture is hosted alongside the exhibition "The Power of Fantasy".
"The Power of Fantasy. Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland" exhibition features the works of more than 30 internationally acclaimed Polish contemporary artists - Monika Sosnowska, Wilhelm Sasnal, Mirosław Bałka, Julita Wójcik, Piotr Uklański, Katarzyna Kozyra and Robert Kuśmirowski - the BOZAR exhibition surveys the most important accomplishments across painting, sculpture, installation and video of the 20th century against the backdrop of seminal Polish works of art from earlier periods. The exhibition runs from the 24th of June till the 18th of September 2011.
The lecture takes place in English on 1 September 2011 at 19:00-20:30 at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts / Hall M
Rue Ravenstein 23