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Pavel Büchler, Eclipse, 2009, mixed-media installation. From “The Reality of Lowest Rank.”

“The Reality of Lowest Rank”

Various Venues

Pavel Büchler, Eclipse, 2009, mixed-media installation. From “The Reality of Lowest Rank.”

Making Central Europe central—how’s that for a change? The focus of this exhibition, whose full title was “The Reality of Lowest Rank; Luc Tuymans: A Vision of Central Europe,” was art originating in Poland, expanding from there in widening geographical circles to other Central European countries (Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic) and the rest of the world (with works by the likes of Alex Katz and Takashi Murakami). The story was told by Luc Tuymans, who has for many years been traveling through these countries and is in touch with many artists in the region, and his fellow Belgian painter Tommy Simoens, with a section on animation selected by film curator Edwin Carels.

The show was divided among five sites in the historic center of Bruges and included work by forty-four artists. It began at Stadshallen on Markt with a pair of

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