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BOZAR presents a major survey of Belgian artist Michaël Borremans' work
Belgian painter Michael Borremans poses after a press conference on the opening of the 'As sweet as it gets' exhibition at the Bozar museum in Brussels on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / BENOIT DOPPAGNE.
(BRUSSELS).- The Belgian artist MichaŽl Borremans (born in1963, Geraardsbergen) made his international breakthrough in the late 1990s and has since participated in various group and solo exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. In 2014, BOZAR, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art, presents a much anticipated retrospective of his work in his home country. MichaŽl Borremans. As sweet as it gets gives an overview of his varied body of work from 1990 to the present, with an impressive selection of about 50 paintings, 40 drawings, and 5 films.

The exhibition lays bare the mutual relations between these various art forms and takes visitors on a journey into the artist’s mysterious and hallucinatory visual world. There is a certain dimension to Borremans’s works which are teeming with symbols and references to historic paintings. His work constitutes a subtle subversion of the iconographic conventions of painting and he often refers to historic masters such as VelŠzquez, Goya, and Manet. At the same time, his work is firmly rooted in the present and frequently alludes to literature, photography, and film as sources of inspiration. Borremans’s work exudes a sense of alienation and disruption with often quite unconventional compositions, unsettling scenes, and suggestive psychological spaces. In so doing, it ties in with the rich, surrealist past contained in the works of other Belgian artists such as Renť Magritte and Paul Delvaux.

Together with the artist, the exhibition’s organizing curator Dr. Jeffrey Grove selected well-known works, as well as works that have been rarely shown, from private and public collection in Europe and the United States together with the artist.

MichaŽl Borremans (born in 1963, Geraardsbergen) obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Hogeschool voor Kunst en Wetenschappen Sint-Lucas Gent, majoring in engraving. Until the age of 30 he worked as an art teacher, engraver and photographer. After producing his first drawings and paintings in the late 1990s, Borremans has built a mature body of work over the past two decades which has garnered international attention.Borremans’s work has already been the subject of solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Museum FŁr Gegenwartskunst in Basel (CH, 2004), S.M.A.K. in Gent (BE, 2005), La Maison Rouge in Paris (FR, 2006), the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover (DE, 2009), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (U.S., 2010) and the Kunsthalle Helsinki (FI, 2011).

Works by MichaŽl Borremans are also held in several public collections internationally including the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas); S.M.A.K. (Ghent); The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum (Jerusalem); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles); the Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).

In 2012 Borremans was awarded the 2011-2012 Prize of the Flemish Community for Visual Arts.

MichaŽl Borremans is represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp and by David Zwirner in New York.

After the Centre for Fine Arts the exhibition will travel to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel (04.09.2014 > 31.01.2015) and the Dallas Museum of Art in the United States (15.03 > 05.07.2015).

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