For his first curated exhibition at a publication institution in London, Luc Tuymans brought together some 40 works from two successive generations of Belgian artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and installation.
Focusing on the notion of abstraction in twentieth-century and contemporary Belgian art and the varying sources of influence and inspiration among the artists of two generations, Tuymans selected fifteen artists whose work either articulated a relationship to abstraction or took as its cue the definition of abstraction.
Although the artists themselves emerged from different periods and motivations, a clear formal relationship between the selected works was apparent, and thereby revealed a current and earlier interest in abstraction that had not lost its relevance over recent decades.
Published to accompany the exhibition, The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium curated by Luc Tuymans, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, 9 September – 6 December 2015. The exhibition then toured to M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, from 30 January to 29 May 2016.