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Major survey of Michaël Borremans' work makes U.S. debut at Dallas Museum of Art
MichaŽl Borremans, The House of Opportunity (Im RhŲnlandshaft), 2004. Pencil, watercolor, and gouache on cardboard, 7 3/16 x 9 15/16 in. (18.26 x 25.24 cm) S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent Courtesy Zeno X Gallery Antwerp ©MichaŽl Borremans.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art presents the U.S. premiere of the major traveling exhibition on the work of contemporary Belgian artist MichaŽl Borremans. Co-organized by the DMA and Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) and curated by Jeffrey Grove, MichaŽl Borremans: As sweet as it gets, on view March 15 through July 5, 2015, is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s career, bringing together paintings, drawings and films produced over the last 15 years. Featuring roughly 100 works, this exhibition provides compelling insight into the artist’s evolving practice by exploring the broad themes and visual references that Borremans brings to play in creating his psychologically charged, if strangely ambiguous, image world. The exhibition opened to wide critical and popular acclaim last February in Brussels and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art this past September, and will be on view exclusively in North America at the DMA.

Since the late 1990s, when he first began to exhibit his paintings and drawings, MichaŽl Borremans has created an improbably mature body of work that quickly captured international attention. This highly anticipated exhibition provides an overview of Borremans’ work spanning his entire career, featuring a complex and diverse selection of works in all media to illuminate the artist’s compelling approach to creating powerful tableaux of indeterminacy and mystery.

MichaŽl Borremans: As sweet as it gets is composed of well-known and rarely exhibited works from private and public collections in Europe and the United States, including approximately 50 paintings, 45 drawings, and five films. The carefully curated selection provides viewers with a singular opportunity to experience Borremans’ experimentations across media.

“MichaŽl Borremans’ work speaks to both a sense of history and an understanding of the present. We are delighted to share this comprehensive survey of his work with our community and those traveling to our city, and to partner with BOZAR to bring greater international attention to this artist’s innovative practice,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “The DMA seeks to offer a context for contemporary art with our encyclopedic collection, and Borremans is both at home in a museum with strong holdings in European figurative painting and a provocateur archly disavowing painterly conventions of the 17th century forward.”

Borremans’ work often evokes sensations of dislocation and disruption with unconventional compositions, unsettling scenes, and suggestive psychological spaces. In his paintings, Borremans employs hallucinatory symbols and signifiers while referencing great masters in art history, from VelŠzquez to Goya. Particularly in his drawings, which are more suggestively narrative than his paintings, Borremans places his figures in unknown states and locations that convey an indefinable sense of time and place. In this way, the work is saturated by the surrealist propensity to evade logical association, a trait he shares with countrymen including James Ensor, Renť Magritte, and Marcel Broodthaers.

“Like MichaŽl Borremans himself, the title of his mid-career survey As sweet as it gets is at once optimistic and open, though possessed of potentially darker intentions,” said Grove. “As sweet as it gets may imply either the embrace of a sunny present or a resigned acceptance that things are as bad as they will ever get. The tense ambiguity lingering in that expression provides an appropriate metaphor for MichaŽl’s work, characterized as it is by subtle symmetries of stunning beauty and disturbing abjection, humor and despair, strength and fragility. Yet, no matter how allusive or illogical the scenes he creates, they are imbued with qualities that describe the human condition, a subject with which we can each identify.”

Highlights from the exhibition:

• Glass and Blood, 2001, is a drawing that rejects the didactic nature of conventional illustration. Rendered with the fulsome and frilly coquettish quality Boucher and Fragonard brought to their confections depicting the laissez faire dames of the 18th-century bourgeoisie, these disembodied figures appear decorative. Like so many of the figures Borremans depicts, their expressions are benign, indicating they have no interior reality.

• The Avoider, 2006, is Borremans’ first painting executed on a truly epic scale. Revealing both his training in photography and engagement with art history, this painting discloses the beauty and ambiguity that structures so much of his practice. Recalling Gustave Courbet’s The Meeting, 1854, Borremans’ rendition conflates the image of a stylish fl‚neur of the city with that of a humble country shepherd.

• Trickland, 2002, is a landscape painting in which the distorted scale of a large figure hovering over a miniature pastoral scene enforces the illogical relationships and shifting levels of reality that typify Borremans’ practice. This work is one in the “Trickland” series, which is composed of six paintings that read sequentially like a film and presage Borremans first experiments with moving images.

• The Storm, 2006, is a film that exemplifies the evolution of Borremans’ process. While many of his early paintings were based on found photographs and film stills, Borremans has matured into a filmmaker who creates moving images that mimic paintings. This silent film directly connects to the stillness and muted quality in his paintings.

• The Devil’s Dress, 2011, acknowledges Borremans' dialogue with previous art historical epochs; analogies to Edouard Manet’s The Dead Toreador, 1864, are all but unavoidable. Yet, the unconventional composition, curious narrative and suggestive psychological space captured in the painting connect the work not only to the rich history of Belgian surrealism but to Borremans’ own interest in the Absurd.

Belgian artist MichaŽl Borremans (b. 1963) obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Hogeschool voor Kunst en Wetenschappen Sint-Lucas Gent, with a specialization in engraving. Until well into his 30s, he worked as an art teacher, engraver and photographer. He produced his first professional drawings in the late 1990s, and more recently incorporated painting into his practice. In the past two decades, Borremans has built a mature body of work, garnering international attention.

Borremans’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at several international museums, including the Museum fŁr Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland (2004); S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium (2005); La Maison Rouge in Paris (2006); the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, Denmark (2009); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2010); and the Kunsthalle Helsinki (2011).

His artwork is included in the permanent collections of many institutions, including S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; 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.

He is represented by David Zwirner Gallery in New York and Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium.

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