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
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
Antwerpen, Knack, January 14, 2009
Devriendt, Indra, ART, January 22, 2009
Van Peel, Bart, Zone 03, Februrary 4-17, 2009
de Maulmin, Valérie, Connaissance des Arts n°641, September, p. 174., 2006
Troisgros, Michel, troisgros.fr (website), September, 2006
Bonnet, Frédéric, Tour des Galeries Rentrée émotive, Journal des Arts, October 6-19, p.25, 2006
Blain, Françoise-Aline, “L’effet Larsen, vies parallèles et aiguës”, Beaux Arts Magazine n°216, May, p. 36, 2002
Jamart, Christine, “Mitja Tušek : l’abstraction est une fiction comme une autre”, L’art même n°15, 2002
Alcalde, Maxence, Paris-art.com (website), March 8 – April 13, 2002
Bertrand, Valère, L’Oeil n°520, October, p. 90, 2000
La peinture en recouvrements, Journal des Arts n°12, March, 1995
Eric Suchère,- Mitja Tušek, Beaux-Arts Magazine, September, 1995
Lorent, Claude, Mitja Tušek, Art & Culture n°6, February, 1995
Mitja Tušek, Somehow, Anyhow, ddo, bulletin trimestriel d’information en Art Contemporain de l’Eurorégion Nord n°17, March-April, 1995
Esthétique de la disparition, Regards, Le Magazine de la Ville, Valenciennes n°16, March-April, 1995
Tarantino, Michael, Review, Frieze, Nov-Dec, 1995
Tarantino, Michael, Review, Artforum, February, 1994
Lamprecht, Luk, De picturale Koregrafie van Mitja Tusek, De Morgen, November 5, 1993
Prodhon, Françoise-Claire, Review, Flash Art, October, 1993
Kurjakovic, Daniel, New Swiss Art, Flash Art n°165 1992
Middendorf ,Jan, Mitja Tušek, Metropolis M n°3, 1992
Was, Knack n°27, 1991
Funk, Julika, Mitja Tušek, Verspiegelte Bildflächen, Du n°8, 1991
Jover, Manuel, Le tableau aveuglé de Mitja Tušek, Beaux-Arts Magazine n°93, September, 1991
Zahm, Olivier, Mitja Tušek/Galerie Froment-Putman, Art Press n°146, March, 1990
Léchot, Lysianne, Deux et deux font quatre, Faces n°10, 1988

MEDIA INTERVIEWS
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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