13 May 2016 – 18 Sep 2016

Cost of entry

Tickets: 10 euro / 8 euro / free
B-day trip: train + entrance, on sale in every NMBS station
TIP: avoid queues and purchase your ticket online via www.mas.be

MAS Museum aan de Stroom

Flanders, Belgium


Travel Information

  • take bus 17 (UZA – Rijnkaai) and 34 (Zuid-Berchem-Borgerhout-Zuid)
  • take tram 7; disembark at Sint-Pietersvliet
  • from Antwerp Central station, exit the station on the Pelikaanstraat side, take bus 17 (UZA) towards Rijnkaai.


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For the Glasses exhibition, Luc Tuymans looks back at his oeuvre thematically for the first time. It includes portraits, of ‘nameless people’ and historic figures, and other works. These works have never been presented together!


I have always enjoyed painting glasses. Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face that we cannot see directly through a pair of glasses. It is a strange instrument and practically a universal theme. The banality of glasses receives a different meaning when you paint them.” -- Luc Tuymans, 2015

Banal but defining
The work of the painter Luc Tuymans (1958) is an ongoing investigation of images and the flood of images in which we are immersed on a daily basis; of how people and things appear to us; and of the gap between representation and reality. Because glasses help shape the way someone looks, such an apparently obvious instrument is important to an artist and image researcher. However incidental they may seem to be, glasses help determine how we ‘read’ a person’s identity.

Key works
It is the first time that Luc Tuymans has made a thematic selection from his own oeuvre. In the series ‘Die Zeit’, SS officer Heydrich masks his face behind dark glasses, a young King Boudewijn disembarks an aeroplane in Leopoldville hidden by sunglasses, Patrice Lumumba wears glasses and a tie while looking us right in the eye at close quarters, the smiling American family man Milteer, with enlarged eyes behind his glasses, is an extremist-racist, the face of the Flemish author Ernest Claes becomes a kind of empty mask-with-glasses...

Luc Tuymans and the MAS
This is not the first time that Luc Tuymans and the MAS have worked together. A 1600 m2 mosaic by Luc Tuymans entitled ‘Dead Skull’ is located on the square in front of the museum. It harks back to his painting of the same name from 2002, which is based on the commemorative plaque for the painter Quentin Matsys of Antwerp on the façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady.


Extra information:

Visit the ‘Glasses’ exhibition with a suitable soundtrack chosen by the MAS's youth crew.  A separate musical experience was chosen for each work. It can be downloaded for free via the Antwerp Museum App on Google Play and App Store

Family booklet
Discover Luc Tuymans' oeuvre together with your children. For families with children aged 5 and over.

Available in Dutch and English (25 euro)

Lecture MasterGlasses by Luc Tuymans
Sat 14/5 and Sun 15/4 from 5 to 7 pm
Price: 10 euro (includes access to all activities related to 5 years MAS)

Guided tours
for individual visitors: every Sunday at 11 am, entry ticket + 5 euro
in group: upon request (max. 20 people) via visit@stad.antwerpen.be, 75 euro + 5 euro administration fees

For information about workshops, guided tours and activities, surf to www.mas.be.

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