The Swimming Pool, 2001

Pencil, watercolour on cardboard
Courtesy of Zeno-X Gallery


The German (Dreiten Teil), 2003

Pencil, watercolour, indian ink, glue, photocopy, mika on paper
Courtesy of Zeno-X Gallery


Borremans' drawing, painting, installation and film have an uncanny everyday-surreal quality that plays with disconcerting senses of scale and a close attention to detail. Miniature model figures confront a didactic screen where a suited man sequentially gestures his hands.

Borremans presents a miniature model black box, and related drawings that probe the position of the 'self' in the distorted scale of a theatre.



Michaël Borremans was born 1963, lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. His drawings, paintings, installations and films overwhelm the viewer through the use of deceleration, precision and vortex. His seductive works contain timeless images of inner drive and external force, of the latent pressure involved in being human.

Borremans has exhibited extensively worldwide.

He has recently undertaken a commission for the Royal Palace of Belgium, Brussels, and had a major retrospective at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. His work has been seen recently at David Zwirner, NYC; Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; City Museum Bristol; Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Spain; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Center of Contemporary Art, Vilnius; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (US). Solo exhibitions in 2011 are at Mücsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest, Württenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. He is represented in public collections in Europe, Asia and the United States.