Luc Tuymans | Glasses

2014. Filming and editing for Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS)

MAS celebrates fifth anniversary with a painter from Antwerp with a global reputation.

Friday 13 May 2016 – Sunday 18 September 2016

“When at a certain point I was looking through all the portraits I’ve painted up to now, I was amazed to discover that there are glasses in three-quarters of them. This is certainly not a conscious choice. […] Glasses radically change the physiognomy of a face, but are not perceived by us as a radical change. We tend to experience them as normal, something to which we react with mere indifference.”
Luc Tuymans, 2009

“I have always liked painting glasses. They cause a kind of distortion of the face, which we cannot see directly through glasses. They are a strange instrument, but also an almost universal reality. The banality of glasses takes on a different significance when you paint them.”
Luc Tuymans, 2015