La Pelle - Luc Tuymans

Palazzo Grassi
24/03/2019 - 06/01/2020


As part of the cycle of monographic shows dedicated to major contemporary artists, launched in 2012 and alternating with thematic exhibitions of the Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi presents Luc Tuymans’ first personal exhibition in Italy.

Curated by Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with the artist (Mortsel, Belgium, 1958), the show is entitled ‘La Pelle’, after Curzio Malaparte’s 1949 novel. It includes over 80 works from the Pinault Collection, international museums and private collections, and focuses on the artist’s paintings from 1986 to today.

Considered as one of the most influential painters of the international art scene, Luc Tuymans has been dedicating himself to figurative painting since the mid 1980s and has contributed throughout his career to the rebirth of this medium in contemporary art. His works deal with questions connected to the past and to more recent history and address subjects of our daily lives through a set of images borrowed from the private and public spheres – the press, television, the Internet. The artist renders these images by dissolving them in an unusual and rarefied light; the slight anxiety that emanates from them is able to trigger – according to the artist himself – an ‘authentic forgery’ of reality.

The exhibition project corresponds to the eighth ‘carte blanche’ given by the Pinault Collection to its artists as an invitation to conceive major monographic exhibitions presented in Venice. Luc Tuymans also unveils a site-specific work created specifically for the spaces of Palazzo Grassi.

The site-specific mosaic by Luc Tuymans, Schwarzheide, conceived for the atrium of Palazzo Grassi, will be dismantled ahead of time and will start on Friday 22 November.

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The exhibition catalogue is published by Marsilio Editori. Graphic design by Philippe Delforge, Les produits de l’épicerie.
The catalogue includes texts by François Pinault, Martin Bethenod, Caroline Bourgeois, Marc Donnadieu, Jarrett Earnest, Patricia Falguières.

216 pages
1 edition in 3 languages (Italian, English, French)

Available for sale online and at the bookshops of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana at reduced price.

Exhibition guide