Installation view of the exhibition Michaël Borremans: Black Mould, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Michaël Borremans. On view at 24 Grafton Street in London, it marks the artist’s first show at the Mayfair gallery and his first solo presentation in the city in ten years.

Black Mould includes small- and large-scale paintings that feature anonymous, black-robed characters. Alone or in groups, they perform mysterious acts within monochromatic spaces reminiscent of an artist's barren studio. Seemingly behaving according to a symbolic language of their own, they pose alone or interact in communal dances, with some figures holding torches and others exposed naked from the waist down. Their facelessness opens up ambiguous narrative possibilities, like empty canvases with which to construct meaning.

 

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Installation view of the exhibition Michaël Borremans: Black Mould, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2015.
Installation view of the exhibition Michaël Borremans: Black Mould, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2015.
Installation view of the exhibition Michaël Borremans: Black Mould, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2015.
Installation view of the exhibition Michaël Borremans: Black Mould, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2015.
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Disaster, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Disaster, 2015
Oil on canvas
32 3/4 x 28 x 1/4 inches (83 x 71 x 3 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Black Mould / Pogo
Oil on wood
11 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (29.5 x 24.7 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs II, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs II, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (30 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / The Badger's Song, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / The Badger's Song, 2015
Oil on wood
8 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches (22.5 x 31.1 cm)

Michaël Borremans: Black Mould

​For nearly two decades, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans has created an ambitious and mesmerizing oeuvre that continues to simultaneously fascinate and unsettle viewers. As the art critic Laura Cumming writes in The Observer, “Borremans’s gift is fo...

Artist: Michaël Borremans

For nearly two decades, Belgian artist Michaël Borremans has created an ambitious and mesmerizing oeuvre that continues to simultaneously fascinate and unsettle viewers. His works display a concentrated dialogue with previous art historical epochs, yet their unconventional compositions and curious narratives defy expectations and lend them an indefinable character. 

A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on cardboard
12 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches (32.4 x 23 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (32.3 x 24.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 3/4 x 9 inches (29.8 x 22.9 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches (30.2 x 22 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 1/2 x 9 inches (29 x 22.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
14 3/8 x 10 1/4 inches (36.5 x 26 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on cardboard
9 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches (24.2 x 16.6 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
14 1/2 x 10 3/8 inches (36.6 x 26.4 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on cardboard
10 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches (26.3 x 18.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on cardboard
11 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches (30.2 x 24 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 9 inches (30 x 22.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
9 x 7 1/8 inches (22.7 x 17.9 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches (29.8 x 23 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Black Mould / Pogo
Oil on wood
11 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (29.5 x 24.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 3/8 x 9 inches (28.9 x 22.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
12 x 10 7/8 inches (30.5 x 27.7 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (29.7 x 22.2 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Pogo, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Pogo, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (30.2 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Glass Ghosts, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Glass Ghosts, 2015
Oil on wood
14 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches (36 x 46.8 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / The Badger's Song II, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / The Badger's Song II, 2015
Oil on canvas
20 5/8 x 15 x 1 1/4 inches (52.4 x 38 x 3 cm)

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / The Leafs, 2015
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 102 3/8 inches (200 x 260 cm)
A painting by Michaël Borremans, titled Black Mould / Disaster, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Disaster, 2015
Oil on canvas
32 3/4 x 28 x 1/4 inches (83 x 71 x 3 cm)

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Beard on Fire, 2015
Oil on wood
11 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches (28.2 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / The Dance, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / The Dance, 2015
Oil on wood
11 x 15 1/4 inches (28 x 38.8 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Flyer, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Flyer, 2015
Oil on wood
9 x 11 1/2 inches (22.7 x 29 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Toes on Fire, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Toes on Fire,, 2015
Oil on wood
9 x 5 3/4 inches (22.7 x 14.4 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs, 2015
Oil on wood
15 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches (38.6 x 18 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs II, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Juggling with Fiery Limbs II, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (30 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Blood II, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Blood II, 2015
Oil on wood
11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (30 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / Fiery Limbs, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / Fiery Limbs, 2015
Oil on cardboard
9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches (23 x 29.2 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Black Mould / The Badger's Song, dated 2015.

Michaël Borremans

Black Mould / The Badger's Song, 2015
Oil on wood
8 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches (22.5 x 31.1 cm)

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