10 October 2008 to 22 March 2009
The Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, one of the most prominent and most sought-after painters of the present, assumed the Max Beckmann Foundation Professorship at the Städelschule in 2008 as the successor to William Kentridge. In June 2007, he launched his teaching activities with three public lectures at the Städel Museum in which he spoke about his experiences in and with the art world. In that context he assessed the role of art criticism and art subsidisation as well as the influence borne by curators quite sceptically. As was also the case with William Kentridge, Luc Tuymans brought the professorship to a close with an exhibition developed especially for the Städel Museum. During his stay in Frankfurt he took advantage of the opportunity to familiarise himself thoroughly with the museum’s collection – the works on view in the galleries and above all those kept in storage. From the overall holdings, he selected a series of fifteen paintings dating from five centuries, which he then introduced within the framework of the exhibition "Reconsidered” in the Städel rotunda, enhanced by commentaries and his own triptych “Eyes” of 2001. Tuymans moreover undertook an intervention in the gallery rooms devoted to the art of the nineteenth century, where he juxtaposed Fernand Khnopff’s painting “The Game Warden” with his own “Against the Day”, a work which was presented to the public for the first time.
CURATOR: Dr. Eva Mongi-Vollmer, Städel Museum