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Michaël Borremans closing TOMORROW at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on January 16th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


The Swimming Pool by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolor and white ink on cardboard, 2001 - click to enlarge

Attention Oslo people! Due to my bad time management skills you now have less than a day to see Michaël Borremans' outstanding works at the Kunstnernes Hus in your beautiful city.

I need to brush up on my Norwegian, but I'm quite positive this exhibition text says how awesome I am and that you should trust my judgement and go see it and then send me all your money.


Automat (I) by Michaël Borremans, oil on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

I first came across Borremans' prosaically entitled
Paintings (Hatje Cantz Verlag) monograph while art book browsing at the UK branch of the great Koenig Books in Leicester Square - a mysterious place that always i) makes me forget why the hell I came to this part of town in the first place and ii) magically makes all my money disappear. Trouvailles from my last visit include probably one of the best exhibition catalogues ever made, Darkside, Vol. 2: Photographic Power and Photographed Violence, Disease and Death (Steidl) and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Monacelli Press).

Aaaaanyways, Borremans' aesthetic caught my eye and brought to mind much loved artists like Markus Schinwald, Muntean & Rosenblum, Luc Tuymans with a bit of added John Currin and Neo Rauch and I must have been so mesmerised by it all that I sat down in the shop assistants' chair near the till while reading it because everyone asked me questions about art books and what would make a great Christmas present - questions I answered with great knowledge and expertise and approximately trebled daily profits. That's me.

But seriously, he's THAT good so go spend your Sunday with his works.


Various ways of avoiding visual contact with the outside world using yellow isolating tape by Michaël Borremans, pencil and watercolor on cardboard, 1998 - click to enlarge

Closing: Tomorrow, Jan 16, 2011

Address: Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, NO-0167, Oslo, Norway, tel: 22 85 34 10 | Map

Hours: 12 - 6 PM

Paintings monograph

Artist's profile at David Zwirner

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2 comments to " Michaël Borremans closing TOMORROW at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo "

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    Suzanne G. – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Michaël Borremans is eating his beard at Kunstverein Stuttgart says:

    [...] we’ve only just had him here on Wurzeltod, but since I developed a bit of an unhealthy Borremans obessions, here he is once again, this time [...]

    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Michaël Borremans’ “The Devil’s Dress” at David Zwirner, New York says:

    [...] that his pitch-black and hopeless sense of humour becomes apparent and I believe work titles like Various Ways of Avoiding Visual Contact With the Outside World Using Yellow Isolating Tape illustrate this feeling [...]

    October 30th, 2011 at 1:42 am

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