THE DUCK by Michaël Borremans

ベルギー人アーティスト、ミヒャエル・ボレマンス(Michaël Borremans)の作品集。2020年1月から7月までチェコの「Galerie Rudolfinum」で開催された同名展覧会の開催に伴い刊行。展示されていた絵画作品とビデオ・インスタレーション作品、全30点を本書で見ることができ、2019年秋に同ギャラリーのために制作された新作3点も含まれている。キュレーションを担当したPetr Nedomaによるエッセイ、美術史家のPetr Vaňousのテキストを収録。

ミヒャエル・ボレマンスの絵画は、実際には作家の想像力から生まれた幻想的な投影として、静的なシーンを描き出している。現実を掌握し作品に反映する彼の手法は、17世紀から18世紀のオランダ絵画界と大きく関係している。彼の作品の主題は、時に潜在的に存在する現代の暴力性ともリンクしうるにも関わらず、その仕上がりはずば抜けた美しさが際立つのだ。」-Petr Nedoma(「Galerie Rudolfinum」ディレクター /「THE DUCK」展キュレーター)


Galerie Rudolfinum has published an eponymous catalogue to accompany Michaël Borremans’ exhibition The Duck containing an essay by the exhibition curator Petr Nedoma and a text by art historian Petr Vaňous. The publication includes reproductions of all the exhibited works.

With his innovative approach to painting, the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans (born 1963) has attained a position of distinction on the international scene. His canvases address universal themes that resonate with a specifically contemporary nuance and his oeuvre is characterised by a strong, unsettlingly psychological aspect. With thirty pieces on display, The Duck presents a cross-section of Borremans’ painting practice as well as video installations. For the very first time, the artist will also exhibit three of his latest paintings made in Autumn 2019 specifically for Galerie Rudolfinum.

Michaël Borremans’ paintings present static scenes that in actual fact are an illusory reflection of the artist’s imagination. His way of grasping reality has much to do with the pictorial world of Dutch painting from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Even though he often links his pictorial subjects with latently present violence, they stand out with the extraordinary beauty of their execution,” notes the exhibition curator and Galerie Rudolfinum director Petr Nedoma.

(…) Another essential hallmark of Borremans’ practice is a detachment from the actuality of the everyday, a movement entirely outside of the endless flow of information that we feed on on a daily basis in a futile desire to capture something significant of life’s reality. Almost imperceptible hints at touching zones that are taboo become a source of agitated excitations that our minds may interpret as a something slightly threatening or as being present in a forbidden zone. The static tension in Michaël Borremans’ motionless paintings of bizarre banalities is clearly the most effective force of attraction in his stratified painting universe.

(From description of the Exhibition)

by Michaël Borremans

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104 pages
120 x 175 mm
color, black and white