The Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga is presenting Retratos y vegetación, the first solo exhibition to be held in Spain on Luc Tuymans, a leading name in contemporary painting and one of the most influential and admired European artists today. It comprises a selection of 16 oil paintings of different sizes that reveal the technique that has made Tuymans a key reference point for a new generation of figurative artists for whom painting is the optimum means of expression, contrary to those who still consider it a conservative one that contradicts the heterogeneous nature of contemporary art.
A sombre aura lies behind the narrative simplicity of Tuymans’s works, while the deceptively fluid, subdued brushstroke with which they are painted is in fact illusory and produces a sense of tension and angst that inevitably disturbs the viewer. Luc Tuymans deploys a false serenity in order to draw attention to society’s need to forget certain events that have marked the collective memory such as the Holocaust and the dramatic events of 11-S or the politics of the Belgian Congo. Retratos y vegetación has been organised with the collaboration of the Flemish Representation.