Project Description

Mitja Tusek

b. 1961, Maribor, Slovenia
lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Swiss artist Mitja Tušek has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and America since the mid-80s. His paintings exist between figuration and abstraction, a place from which the artists creates compositions that are never completely evacuated from their earthly origins. The materials used by Tušek are part of this ambivalence. Through their characteristics of light absorption and light reflection, wax, lead, and interference pigments work together to produce ambiguous perceptions between media and imagery, resulting in a palpable visual presence.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
Mitja Tusek,Life on Mars, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Étienne, France
2016
Small World, Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium
2015
Celi/Cela, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
2014
Mitja Tusek, Don’t make me repeat it, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Étienne, France
2013
Monkey, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva, Switzerland
2012
La Ligne Passée, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2011
Mitka Tusek – Success and Failure, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2011
Great Balls of Fire, Institution Opposite Projects, Brussels, Belgium
2010
In de Wind, Centre Culturel, Grimbergen, Belgium
2010
Pantalone, Centre Culturel, Grimbergen, Belgium
2010
Pantalone,Centre Culturel, Mecheien, Malines, Belgium
2008
In The Future Even The Past Will Be Better, Antwerp, Belgium
2006
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
2000
New Paintings, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2000
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
1998
NoDoubt, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
1998
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, United Kingdom
1996
Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, USA
1995
Somehow, Anyhow, L’Aquarium, École des Beaux-Arts,Valenciennes, France
1995
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
1995
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995
New Abstraction, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1995
Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
1994
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland
1993
Quelconque, Fundatio Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
1993
Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
1993
Galerie Bruges La Morte, Bruges, Belgium
1992
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1991
Galerie Bruges La Morte, Bruges, Belgium
1991
Galerie Nelson, Lyon, France
1990
Galerie Froment & Putman, Paris, France
1990
Shedhalle, Zürich, Switzerland
1989
L’École de Nimes, Nimes, France
1987
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
1986
Objects Photographiques, Galerija Ars, Maribor, Slovenia
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Eminent Domains, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
2015
Echoes, ING Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
2014
Biennaie de la Peinture, Roger Raveelmuseum, Museum Dhondt-Daenens, Museum van Deinze, Deurle, Deinze, Belgium
2013
Cadavre Exquis, A Figure of Painting, LLS 387, Antwerp, Belgium
2013
QNX4, Bruges, Belgium
2013
Le Pont, MAC, Marseille, France
2013
E-Motion, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
2009
Jeugdzonde, Over opus één en opus min één, LLS 387 Ruitme voor actuele Kunst, vzw, Antwerp, Belgium
2007
25thAnniversary, Galerie Nelson, Paris, France
2007
Géométries Variables, Galerie de Multiples, Paris, France
2007
Curating the Library, Singel International Kunstcampus, Antwerp, Belgium
2003
Contrée, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
2002
L’effet Larsen, processus de resonance dans l’art contemporian, Centrun für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, AU & Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2002
Peintures, Galerie du Cloitre, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
2001
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2001
Remember Camembert, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
1999
A Quiet Storm: Painting in Abstraction, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1997
Abstraction/Abstractions, Géometries Provisoires, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint Étienne, France
1997
Radicaal-Beeld, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands
1997
Heaven, PS1, New York, USA
1996
The Event Horizon, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
1995
Pittura/Immedia, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
1995
Pittura/Immedia, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
1995
Color and Structure, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
1995
Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1993
The Sublime Void, Koninklijk voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium
1992
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany
1990
De Pictura, Galerie Bruges La Morte, Bruges, Belgium
 
PUBLICATIONS
2010
Jamart, Christine. Naked Painting, L’art même n°47, 2d trimester, p. 33, 2010 Lambrecht, Luk. Mitja Tušek krijgt eindelijk de expo die hij verdient bij LLS387 in
2009
Antwerpen, Knack, January 14, 2009
2009
Devriendt, Indra. ART, January 22, 2009
2009
Van Peel, Bart. Zone 03, Februrary 4-17, 2009
2006
de Maulmin, Valérie, Connaissance des Arts n°641, September, p. 174., 2006
2006
Troisgros, Michel, troisgros.fr (website), September, 2006
2006
Bonnet, Frédéric, Tour des Galeries Rentrée émotive, Journal des Arts, October 6-19, p. 25, 2006
2002
Blain, Françoise-Aline, L’effet Larsen, vies parallèles et aiguës, Beaux Arts Magazine n°216, May, p. 36, 2002
2002
Jamart, Christine, Mitja Tušek : l’abstraction est une fiction comme une autre, L’art même n°15, 2002
2002
Alcalde, Maxence, Paris-art.com (website), March 8 – April 13, 2002
2000
Bertrand, Valère, L’Oeil n°520, October, p. 90, 2000
1995
La peinture en recouvrements, Journal des Arts n°12, March, 1995
1995
Eric Suchère,- Mitja Tušek, Beaux-Arts Magazine, September, 1995
1995
Lorent, Claude, Mitja Tušek, Art & Culture n°6, February, 1995
1995
Mitja Tušek, Somehow, Anyhow, ddo, bulletin trimestriel d’information en Art Contemporain de l’Eurorégion Nord n°17, March-April, 1995
1995
Esthétique de la disparition, Regards, Le Magazine de la Ville, Valenciennes n°16, March-April, 1995
1995
Tarantino, Michael, Review, Frieze, Nov-Dec, 1995
1994
Tarantino, Michael, Review, Artforum, February, 1994
1993
Lamprecht, Luk, De picturale Koregrafie van Mitja Tusek, De Morgen, November 5, 1993
1993
Prodhon, Françoise-Claire, Review, Flash Art, October, 1993
1992
Kurjakovic, Daniel, New Swiss Art, Flash Art n°165 1992
1992
Middendorf ,Jan, Mitja Tušek, Metropolis M n°3, 1992
1991
Was, Knack n°27, 1991
1991
Funk, Julika, Mitja Tušek, Verspiegelte Bildflächen, Du n°8, 1991
1991
Jover, Manuel, Le tableau aveuglé de Mitja Tušek, Beaux-Arts Magazine n°93, September, 1991
1990
Zahm, Olivier, Mitja Tušek/Galerie Froment-Putman, Art Press n°146, March, 1990
1988
Léchot, Lysianne, Deux et deux font quatre, Faces n°10, 1988
 
MEDIA INTERVIEWS
1994
Muller, Robert-Jan, KM n°9, 1994

Frieze – Mitja Tusek
In 1983, Michelangelo Antonioni exhibited a series of ‘paintings’ at the Galleria de Arte Moderna in Rome. ‘Paintings’ only in the sense that he originally produced a series of miniature landscapes, which he then photographed and enlarged to hundreds of times the original size. As in his film, Blow-Up (1966), the resultant images must literally be deciphered by the viewer. Looking at Mitja Tusek’s recent series of paintings, one also thinks of an image about an image; a reflection upon a reflection. Tusek, like Antonioni, is interested in process ­ the way in which a work nears completion, nears the moment when it is mediated by the viewer.

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