• Leopoldville, 2000.

    Leopoldville, 2000.

    Luc Tuymans

    K20 Grabbeplatz
    Grabbeplatz 5
    October 16, 2004–January 23, 2005

    Tate Modern
    June 23–September 26, 2004

    Curated by Emma Dexter

    Luc Tuymans has been everyone’s favorite candidate for serious European painter for several years now. Far away from the American brand of ostentatious figuration, Tuymans draws on Raoul de Keyser for minimalist eccentricity and Richter for a mournful commentary on painting itself. Tate senior curator Emma Dexter brings together eighty works from the past twenty years for the artist's first major exhibition in the UK. Tuymans's seemingly impersonal combination of weighty topics (ranging from the Congo to the Holocaust); the faint affect of found photographs (on which his work is often based); and lovely, offhand handling produces an indelible sadness—a history of absence, lost changes, and missing links.

    Travels to Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Oct. 16–Jan. 23, 2005.

  • Samuel Fosso, Le Chef, 2003.

    Samuel Fosso, Le Chef, 2003.

    Africa Remix

    Museum Kunstpalast
    Ehrenhof 4-5
    July 24–November 7, 2004

    Hayward Gallery
    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
    February 10–April 17, 2005

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    May 15–August 20, 2005

    Curated by Simon Njami

    The ambitious, multidisciplinary “Africa Remix” samples work made in the past decade by nearly one hundred artists from the continent. This timely arrangement highlights such stars as William Kentridge and Jane Alexander alongside heterogeneous work of some sixty as yet unknowns. The substantial catalogue features essays by curator Simon Njami, Jean-Hubert Martin, Hudita Mustafa, and others. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether a show so committed to the exigencies of place can transcend its exportation abroad or whether the exhibition will wind up redoubling those imperialist fantasies it so carefully strives to avoid.

    Travels to the Hayward Gallery, London, Feb. 10, 2005–Apr. 17, 2005; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, May 15, 2005–Aug. 20, 2005; and other venues.