Michaël Borremans - As sweet as it gets
Exhibition, Bozar Brussels, Belgium, until 03 August.
Michaël Borremans made his international breakthrough in the late 1990s with a varied body of work (drawings, paintings, and films) that laid bare the deceptive nature of representation and the absurdity of existence in a suggestive, ironic way. He has been known to make personal references to historic paintings by, among others, Velázquez, Goya, and Manet, and he also frequently alludes to literature, photography, and film. His focus on the power of the imagination makes this subversive visual idiom especially engaging. This exhibition, containing 100 works, presents a fascinating overview.