Past Exhibitions

Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets

Michaël Borremans: As sweet as it gets  


This is the first comprehensive exhibition in Israel of Michaël Borremans 
(b. 1963, Belgium), one of the most prominent and challenging artists active today. It comprises about one hundred of his highly evocative paintings, drawings and films from the last fourteen years.

Borreman's enigmatic, psychologically charged and visually staggering works present sober-looking characters that lack identity or a clear role. They are portrayed in seemingly mundane environments and situations, which are nonetheless mysterious and indecipherable and consequently melancholic and unsettling. A hidden force seems to propel or dictate a narrative which is not entirely realized or fully told. Borremans engages in a fascinating dialogue with past masters (such as Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, and Édouard Manet) and cinematic iconography (mainly films by David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick), while infusing his art with a contemporary critical outlook. The exhibition provides the Israeli public with a unique opportunity to view a complex body of work which is both disconcerting and mesmerizingly beautiful. Conveying a sense of disruption and ambiguity, the works invite multiple interpretations.

The exhibition was co-organized by BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, and the Dallas Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and is supported by the Flemish authorities.


The Tel Aviv venue was sponsored by Cal – Israel Credit Cards Ltd.

With the generous support of Sidney Simchowitz and the Simchowitz Family; and Wendy Fisher.

Comprehensive catalogue (English), edited by Geffrey Grove, and booklet (Hebrew/English), edited by Ahuva Israel.



Wednesday 03 September 2014


Saturday 31 January 2015


Lilly & Yoel Moshe Elstein Multi-Purpose Gallery; Doron Sebbag – ORS Ltd. Photography Gallery
Herta and Paul Amir Building

Guest curator:

Jeffrey Grove
Curator in charge:
Ahuva Israel

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  • Michaël Borremans, Weight, 2005 35-mm film, 9:44 min, framed 15-inch screen, edition of 3. Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
  • Michaël Borremans, The Angel, 2013 Oil on canvas, 300 x 200 cm, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp © Dirk Pauwels
  • Michaël Borremans, The Devil’s Dress, 2011 Oil on canvas, 203 x 367 cm Dallas Museum of Art Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London © Ron Amstutz
  • Michaël Borremans, Automat (I),2008 Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm Private collection, Belgium Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp © Peter Cox
  • Michaël Borremans, The Avoider, 2006 Oil on canvas, 360 x 180 cm High Museum of Art, Atlanta Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Zwirner, New York/London © Ron Amstutz
  • Michaël Borremans, The Wooden Skirt, 2011 Oil on canvas, 200 x 120 cm Collection of Liz and Eric Refkofsky, USA Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; David Zwirner, New York/London © Ron Amstutz