Luc Tuymans: GENE
Luc Tuymans: GENES
The paintings of the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, who is one of the most sought-after painters of the present day, are formally captivating through strongly reduced colours. They seem to be faded photographs that have been reactivated by the painting process. With regard to their content, Tuymans’ apparently quiet pictures are full of allusions to history, pressing questions of the times and politics—but as cautious as only an educated artist can continue in the tradition of the symbolism of Flemish still life painting. Tuymans grew up in a country with historically strong Catholicism. Therefore, the historical heritage—especially that of the Jesuits—keeps entering his pictorial world. Tuymans sees the religious energies of the present with great concern, because they also contain fanaticism. Here art has great analytical power: »It would have been better to have studied Theology than Art History to understand what is happening in the world today«, says Luc Tuymans. Luc Tuymans painted a genetically modified flower as a mural in a room next to the tomb of Ferdinand II and his mother, Maria Anna of Bavaria: Its place is far away from streams of visitors, but conceivably close to graves with a heavy historical burden for this city. Is it defying its history, and if so, how?
Text aus |Text from: Johannes Rauchenberger: Last & Inspiration. 800 Jahre – 8
Fragen. Ausstellungen zu »800 Jahre Diözese Graz-Seckau« | Burden & Inspiration. 800 Years – 8 Questions. Exhibitions on »800 Years of the Diocese of Graz-Seckau«, herausgegeben von | edited by Heimo Kaindl, Alois Kölbl, Johannes Rauchenberger, Styria Verlag, Wien 2018, S. | p. 208-211.