Michaël Borremans

Belgian, b. 1963

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Michaël Borremans

Belgian, b. 1963

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In his figurative drawings and paintings, Michaël Borremans' juxtaposes somber figures, jarring close-ups, and unsettling still lifes that are at once nostalgic, darkly comic, disturbing, and grotesque. His theatrical staging and enigmatic narratives recall the work of painters such as Odd Nerdrum, Eric Fischl, and Bo Bartlett; he is inspired by art history, but his unconventional compositions and curious narratives are distinctly contemporary. Borremans also works in film, and sometimes paints from film as well. "A filmed image has another quality—you use lenses, you use lights," he says. "You can get some painterly qualities even though it’s another language; it has its own poetry. I’m interested in cinematic esthetics, like going in and out of focus."

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Solo show at a major institution
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 1 more
Biography

In his figurative drawings and paintings, Michaël Borremans' juxtaposes somber figures, jarring close-ups, and unsettling still lifes that are at once nostalgic, darkly comic, disturbing, and grotesque. His theatrical staging and enigmatic narratives recall the work of painters such as Odd Nerdrum, Eric Fischl, and Bo Bartlett; he is inspired by art history, but his unconventional compositions and curious narratives are distinctly contemporary. Borremans also works in film, and sometimes paints from film as well. "A filmed image has another quality—you use lenses, you use lights," he says. "You can get some painterly qualities even though it’s another language; it has its own poetry. I’m interested in cinematic esthetics, like going in and out of focus."

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 1 more
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