Opening on March 7, 2006, David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans. This will be Borremans' second solo exhibition at the gallery. In 2005, he had a one-person exhibition of drawings and paintings at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium (the painting exhibition then traveled to Parasol Unit in London, England and the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland; the drawing exhibition traveled to the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH). In 2004 he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven in Germany, as well as the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland. His work will be included in the upcoming 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (March 25- May 28, 2006), and a solo exhibition will be held at La Maison Rouge in Paris, France (June 8-September 24, 2006). His work has been included in numerous prestigious group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.
The exhibition will include a group of new canvases exploring the depiction of mental states through the careful release and withholding of visual and conceptual clues. With a traditional style akin to Baroque and Rococo portraiture and pastoral scenes, Borremans’ paintings reside in an uncomfortable place–one that is best understood through introspection rather than imposed rationale. Haunting yet familiar enough to evoke buried memories, Borremans' images are peaceful upon first encounter, yet they intensify and become eerily unsettling after prolonged viewing.