With the exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood (Blood Red), curator Luc Tuymans aims to overwhelm the visitor by placing key works from the baroque of, among others, Francisco de Zurbarán and Caravaggio, in dialogue with works by classical contemporary masters, such as On Kawara and Edward Kienholz, as well as new works by contemporary stars such as Zhang Enli, Takashi Murakami, Michaël Borremans, Sigmar Polke and Tobias Rheberger.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, curator Luc Tuymans juxtaposes the spirit of the baroque masters with the vision of contemporary top artists. The exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood aims to overwhelm the visitor by placing key works from the Baroque in dialogue with the work of classical contemporary masters, and new works by contemporary stars. Sanguine/Bloedrood is a visually opulent and challenging exhibition that brings old masters into the experimental spaces of contemporary art.
The term 'baroque' continues to evoke some of its original negative connotations - exaggeration and indulgence - but simultaneously suggests something exciting, something elusive. Tuymans brushes the dust from the threadbare term, and revisits the intensity of the image. Tuymans chose the evocative, poetic Sanguine/Bloedrood – as an energy flow of life and death – as the title for the exhibition.
Tuymans chooses not to set up Sanguine/Bloedrood as an art-historical, canonical overview, but according to his own personal interpretation that deliberately leaves many gaps. It is the gaze of a creator onto other creators.