The artist has been the focus of several retrospectives at various international institutions, including the Műcsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest, Hungary; Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland; and, most recently (2011) the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium.
The artist’s first comprehensive U.S. retrospective opened in September 2009 at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (17 September 2009 to 3 January 2010) and travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Against the Day, an exhibition of new works inspired by one of Tuymans' favorite authors, Thomas Pynchon, is Tuymans' most recent international solo exhibition. Against the Day originated at Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium (23 April 2009-2 August 2009) and is traveling to Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow Russia (25 September 2009-8 November 2009) and Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö, Sweden (26 December 2009-25 April 2010).
Tuymans has recently been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany; MuHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium (both 2007); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland (both 2006); and the Tate Modern, London, England (2004).
His numerous, recent group exhibitions include Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François PinaultCollection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2009); Collecting Collections: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Doing it My Way: Perspectives in Belgian Art, Museum Küppersmuhle für Moderne Kunst, Duisberg, Germany (2008); What is Painting? Contemporary Art From the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Fast Forward: Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; The Painting of Modern Life, The Hayward Gallery, London, England and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2007); Essential Painting, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Italy (2006).
The artist also curates exhibitions, and is organizing the second in a series of cross-cultural exhibitions that brings together Belgian and Chinese art. His exhibition, The State of Things: Brussels/Beijing, will travel from the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium to Beijing. In 2010-2011 he will be the guest curator for the inaugural Bruges Central art festival in Bruges, Belgium.
Tuymans aroused interest in 2000 with his series of political paintings titled Mwana Kitoko ("beautiful boy"), which take themes out of the state visit of King Baudouin of Belgium in the Congo in the 1950's. The most noted painting was of the king himself in his white military uniform.
Luc Tuymans is represented by David Zwirner, New York.