Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc Tuymans on Baroque


Date 01/06/2018 - 16/09/2018

During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, the work of Baroque masters will be confronted with that of leading contemporary artists in the exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood. The Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) invited the painter Luc Tuymans to curate this exhibition. Tuymans wants to create an overwhelming experience for visitors by establishing a dialogue between key works from the Baroque and the works of established contemporary artists, supplemented with contemporary stars.

The exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood wants to overwhelm the visitor by placing key works from the baroque of, among others, Francisco de Zurbarán, Caravaggio and Anthony van Dyck, in dialogue with works by classical contemporary masters, such as On Kawara and Edward Kienholz, as well as new works by contemporary stars such as Zhang Enli, Takashi Murakami and Michaël Borremans. Through a number of exceptional loans, curator Luc Tuymans brings national and international masterpieces to Antwerp, including a splendid selection from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA). Sanguine/Bloedrood is a visually opulent and challenging exhibition that brings old masters into the experimental spaces of contemporary art.


The M HKA invited Luc Tuymans to present his view on the baroque. The exhibition seeks to explore the tension between various masterpieces from the baroque period and contemporary masters, in an attempt to bridge the gap between old and contemporary art.

The key work in the exhibition is Five Car Stud , a recently discovered masterpiece by Edward Kienholz. This masterpiece will be presented in a unique and one-time location: in a dome tent on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken.

The exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood is a joint organization of the M HKA, Studio Luc Tuymans, the KMSKA and Fondazione Prada. Following the Antwerp edition, it will be presented at Fondazione Prada’s Milan venue from October 2018 to February 2019.

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From June 1 2018 to September 16 2018
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Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires

The cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires pays homage to Peter Paul Rubens and his Baroque, cultural heritage. During the festival, the spotlight will be on Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most influential artists ever and the most famous inhabitant of Antwerp. He personifies the Baroque period and is an important source of inspiration for contemporary artists and the atypical lifestyle of the city and its inhabitants. Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires tells a story about the Baroque, in the past and the present, and creates a dialogue between historic Baroque and the work of contemporary artists. With the city of Antwerp and the world as its décor. Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires is a key event in VisitFlanders' Flemish Masters programme. It promises to be explicitly extroverted and to combine artistic originality with authentic hospitality. From June 2018 to January 2019 in Antwerp.

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