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Luc Tuymans – Edith Clever at the Akademie der Künste | 15.09.-26.11.2023

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The exhibition “Luc Tuymans – Edith Clever” starts to begin of the Berlin Art Week 2023 and is the prominent prelude to a new series of the Visual Arts Section of the Berlin Academy of Arts, in which works by Academy members from different artistic disciplines are confronted with each other. The Belgian painter and curator Luc Tuymans – a star of the art scene with his significant figurative style – has invited the German actress and director Edith Clever, who is an icon of theatre with her roles of strong women.

Image above: Edith Clever in: The Night, 1985, film still. Written and directed by Hans Jürgen Syberberg, 35 mm film, colour and black and white, 367 min. courtesy: Syberberg Clever Monologues

High-quality loans, specially conceived works and performative interventions address the relevance and ambiguity of painted images and embodied texts in a world saturated by the digital. The exhibition explores the representability and legacy of the past as well as the omnipresent atmosphere of dissolution.

DEEDS NEWS - Luc Tuymans - Foto Ben Blackwell - Courtesy David Zwirner, New York London
Luc Tuymans. The Architect, 1998. Oil on canvas, 113 x 144.5 cm. Photo: Ben Blackwell, Courtesy: David Zwirner, New York London. Courtesy: Society for Modern Art in Dresden e.V.

In his paintings, Luc Tuymans transfers motifs from pre-existing images from a wide variety of historical, cultural and popular media sources into a muted colourfulness. Their calm appearance conceals an underlying moral complexity and an examination of mechanisms of violence – as in his reference to the history of the Academy building. In a series created during the Corona pandemic, which is richer in contrast and colour than before, the increasing political uncertainty is felt with a new urgency.

Edith Clever’s work with language is based on extreme restraint and an effort to achieve openness to being moved and shaped by texts. She turns her body into an instrument in order to experience the power, poetry and beauty of the texts. Reduction in means is juxtaposed with precisely measured excess in long monologues. The artist marks a path through her theatre and film works. Based on her language, the Studio for Electroacoustic Music of the Akademie der Künste has developed a sound installation for the exhibition.

In the context of the Berlin Art Week
With the kind support of the Society of Friends of the Akademie der Künste and the Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation.

Opening hours:

Tue – Fri 2pm – 7pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 7pm


€ 9/6, free up to 18 years, Tuesdays and every first Sunday of the month


Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin-Mitte


Friday, 15. September – Sunday, 26. November 2023

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