The thematic traveling exhibition Glasses presents paintings by Luc Tuymans that feature subjects wearing glasses, as well as other works depicting glass or mirrors. The exhibition debuted at Museum Aan De Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, and is currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Tuymans commented on the exhibition saying: "I have always enjoyed painting glasses. Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face...it is a strange instrument and practically a universal theme. The banality of glasses receives a different meaning when you paint them. When at a certain point I was looking through all the portraits I’ve painted up to now, I was amazed to discover that there were glasses in three quarters of them. This is certainly not a conscious choice. Glasses radically change the physiognomy of a face, but are not perceived as a radical change."