Narcisse Tordoir

° 1954, Mechelen (Belgium )
Lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium)

www.narcissetordoir.com

Works

STILL-LIGHT - pastel on print (2015) - 340 x 415 cm

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STILL-LIGHT - pastel on print (2015) - 340 x 415 cm (DETAIL)

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SILENT LIGHT - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 71x75cm

STILL LIFE - pastel on print (2015) - 340 x 450 cm

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STILL LIFE - pastel on print (2015) - 340 x 450 cm (DETAIL)

STILL-LIFE - pastel on print (2015) - 64 x 49 cm

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SLEEPWALKER - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 330x180cm

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SLEEPWALKER - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 330x180cm (DETAIL)

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SLEEPWALKER - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 64x46cm

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DE-LIGHT - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 340x320cm

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DE-LIGHT - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 340x320cm (DETAIL)

DE-LIGHT - pastel on print (2015) - 60 x 80 cm

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GRAVEL BEAT - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 340x250cm

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GRAVEL BEAT - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 340x250cm (DETAIL)

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THE PINK SPY IV - pastel on paper on dibond (2013) - 340x425cm

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THE PINK SPY IV - M HKA Antwerp installation view

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THE PINK SPY V - pastel on paper on dibond (2013) - 340x560cm

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SHOES - pastel on paper on dibond (2014) - 120x150cm

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THE PINK SPY III - pastel on paper on dibond (2013) - 340x320cm

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THE PINK SPY III - pastel on paper on dibond (2013) - 340x320cm (Exhibition view, museum Plantin Moretus)

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THE PINK SPY III - pastel on paper on dibond (2013) - 340x320cm (DETAIL)

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ANGEL - pastel on paper on dibond (2015) - 62x45cm

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PLANT - pastel on paper on dibond (2014) - 104x130cm

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COAT - pastel on paper on dibond (2014) - 104x130cm

Biography

Narcisse Tordoir’s visual language can be called swell dynamic, bold and intriguing. For more than three decades he reinvents the act of painting. As an artist he is constantly trying out new possibilities where media and style are mixed. In a flashy way he challenges himself and his audience, both content wise as in his technical approach. His works are full of bravado, simultaneously subtle and in your face. Like no other he weaves romance with harsh reality, history with actuality, moving pictures with static, madness with seriousness. He raises painting to an act, a performance that continues to resonate long after. Tiepolo, the Arab revolution, news and history, gods and fairy tales, war and piece, all components of Tordoir’s imaginary world that he brings to the canvas or paper, with paint of fragile pastels constructing new stories through the eye of the master painter in the true tradition of Flemish greatest.

Narcisse Tordoir represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and he was senior advisor of the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) till 2015. He exhibited in several museums in Belgium and abroad, and thereby he often invited (and collaborated with) other artists. In 1999 he curates Trouble Spot Painting in collaboration with Luc Tuymans. In 2014 Tordoir showed monumental pastel drawings in his exhibition The Pink Spy at M HKA, Antwerp. Publications include Are we changing the world (Extra City, 2005), The Way of the World (CC Mechelen, 2009) and The Pink Spy (M HKA, 2014).

Curriculum Vitae

2017
Tiepolo’s Silence, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
2016
Narcisse Tordoir, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
Follow the White Cube, Honold Fine Art, Ubud, Bali
Regards Partagés (collectie Rudy Joseph), musée Marthe Donas, Ittre
2015
Narcisse Tordoir - De plaats van het tekenen in het scheppingsproces, Museum Plantin Moretus, Antwerp (solo)
Recente aanwinsten, M HKA, Antwerp
Works on paper, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp
Gravel Beat / Sleepwalker, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (solo)
Tordoir verkent Tiepolo, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen (solo)
2014
The Pink Spy, M HKA, Antwerp
The Pink Spy, Galerie Duan, Paris (solo)
Capita Selecta, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part of Something Else, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
2013
About Waves - Refiguratie CC Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever
2012
The Pink Spy, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (solo)
Switch, Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris
Collectie XXII M HKA, Antwerp
About Waves - Refiguratie CC Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever
2011
Meesterwerken in het MAS, Vijf eeuwen beeld in Antwerpen, Antwerp
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris
Untitled, Galerie Van de Weghe, Antwerp
2010
Square 1, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp
Tegenlicht, SMAK, Gent
Ecce Homo Ludens, Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Rousilllon, Sérignan
An unpardonable sin, Castillo/Corrales, Paris
2009
The Way of the World, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Picture this!, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
Textiles, M HKA, Antwerp
A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters from Antwerp, National Museum of Singapore
A Story of the Image: Old & New Masters from Antwerp, Shanghai Art Museum , Shanghai
2008
Confronting the Image, Elements MoCA, Beijing
Honorons Honoré, De Garage, Mechelen
Dry and wet paintings, Crown Gallery, Brussels
The ARC Collection, Office for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
2007
Kunst als Leben, Kunsthaus Bern, Bern
Bad Dad, Objectif (retribution), Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
Strike a pose, Circuit, Lausanne
Dry and wet paintings, Crown Gallery, Brussels
Jubilee, M KHA, Antwerp
2006
Shakalakaboum, Lamot, Mechelen
Modern People, Crown Gallery, Brussels
2005
Collaborate works, Extra City, Antwerp
Dear ICC, MuKHA, Antwerp
de wereld deugt, wij een beetje minder, De Appel, Amsterdam
2004
Working Ethics, Krinzinger Projecte, Wien
Artists Favourites, ICA , London
2003
Kunstenaars in beweging, De Markten, Brussels
De Collectie, MuKHA, Antwerp
Bogodia, Centre Soleil d’Afrique, 5ième Rencontres de Bamako Biennale
Tears of the skull, De Watertoren, Vlissingen
2002
9 Points of view, Ronse
Legaat R.De ROECK-Vos, Factor 44, Antwerp
2001
Editions, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp
CLICK, Centre Soleil d’Afrique, 4ième Rencontres de Bamako Biennale
2000
The Dancant, Galerie Nadia Vilenne, Luik
Galerie Milco Onrust, Amsterdam
Echap, Centre Soleil d’Afrique, Bamako
1999
Trouble spot: Painting MUKHA, Antwerp
1997
N.T.Z.T., Centraal Museum, Utrecht
1998
Vive la Peinture, l’Aquarium, Galerie d’Ecole, Valenciennes
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
François Curlet, Michel François, Han Schuil, Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent
1995
Tim Ayers, Narcisse Tordoir, Alan Uglow, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
1994
Link, The Contemporary Art Company, Den Haag
(group) Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
1993
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Annette De Keyser, Antwerp
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Kunst in België na 1980, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Brussels
1992
Woord en Beeld in de Belgische Kunst, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Brussels
1991
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Joost Declerq, Gent
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Luc Deleu, Guy Rombouts-Monika Droste, Narcisse Tordoir, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
1990
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Joost Declerq, Knokke
(group), Ponton, Temse
(group), Beelden Buiten, Tielt
Belgique, une nouvelle génération, FRAC du Pays de la Loire, Clisson
Beeldenstorm 1990, M HKA, Antwerp
1989
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Joost Declerq, Gent
Narcisse Tordoir, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
(group), Jack Tilton Gallery , New York
1988
XLIII BIENNALEDIVENEZIA, Belgian Pavillion, Venice
Narcisse Tordoir, Art & Project, Amsterdam
Narcisse Tordoir, Gallery Laure Gennilard, London
Gran Pavese, The Flag Project, M HKA, Antwerp
De Verzameling/The Collection, M HKA, Antwerp
1987
Narcisse Tordoir, 121 Art Gallery , Antwerp
Narcisse Tordoir, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
(group), Studio Massimi, Roma
Déconstruction, Hallen van Schaarbeek, Brussels
1986
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie De Lege Ruimte, Brugge
6 Young Flemish Artists, Art Society of the International Monetary Fund, Washington
Abstraction ‘86’, 121 Art Gallery, Antwerp
Een Keuze, KunstRAI, Amsterdam
Initiatief 86, Sint-Pietersabdij, Gent
Portraits de scène, l’Ile de Phoques, Casa Frollo, Venezia
Portraits de scène, Musée d’Ansembourg, Liège
1985
Narcisse Tordoir, Galerie Plus-Kern, Brussels Narcisse Tordoir’, Galerie ‘t Venster, Rotterdam
Beelden in de Plancius, Art & Project, Amsterdam
1984
Narcisse Tordoir, Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent
Le Musée de Voyag’, Espace 251 Nord, Liège
1983
Narcisse Tordoir, Art & Project, Amsterdam
Narcisse Tordoir, 121 Art Gallery , Antwerp
Jonge Kunstenaars uit het Antwerpse, Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle
1982
Het picturaal verlangen/Le désir pictural, Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels
De magie van het beeld/La magie de l’image, Vereniging voor tentoonstellingen van het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels
1981
Narcisse Tordoir, 121 Art Gallery , Antwerp
Picturaal 1, Recente schilderkunst in Vlaanderen, ICC, Antwerp
1980
Narcisse Tordoir, Associates, Enschede
A week of Informations about Selforganisations, Kleiner Ausstellungsraum, Hamburg
1979
The Many Faces of Modern Art, Old House, Brentwood
1978
Today’s Place, The Registry Gallery, San Francisco
1977
Performance Art, Galerie New Reform, Aalst
Performance Art, R.H.O.K., Brussels
Performance Art, Stadsarchief, Kassel