Deurle and Mechelen, Belgium

Narcisse Tordoir

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens/Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

Narcisse Tordoir is one of Belgium’s best-kept secrets. Besides having taken a rather unusual artistic route, Tordoir has nurtured several generations of upcoming talent as a teacher and a curator, for instance through the milestone exhibition “Trouble Spot: Painting” at Museum van Hedenaagse kunst Antwerpen and New International Culture Centre in Antwerp, which he cocurated with Luc Tuymans in 1999. With a clever presentation, and mixing renowned names such as Marlene Dumas, John Currin, and Kerry James Marshall with younger artists, the show proved that the medium of painting was and would continue to be relevant. Since then, Tordoir has reinvented himself by using photography, performances, and film to question medium and personal style. With parallel exhibitions in Deurle and Mechelen, Belgium, and the recent release of The Way of the World, an impressive artist’s book, it suddenly

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