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Young Boys
Marlene Dumas
Young Boys


Oil on Canvas

100 x 300cm
In Young Boys, Marlene Dumas’s line-up of ghostly lads is stark and oppressed against the ominous background, trailing off in the distance into mere sketchy traces of suggestion. It’s this suggestion that Dumas does best: a void of colour, a bleeding line, she creates a subtle, unnerving, perversity from an unabashed simplicity. This is painting with no frills: full on, with nowhere to hide.
Young Boys
Marlene Dumas
Young Boys


Oil on canvas

100 x 300 cm
The Cover-up
Marlene Dumas
The Cover-up


Oil on canvas

198 x 99 cm
Die Baba [The Baby]    
Marlene Dumas
Die Baba [The Baby]   


Oil on canvas

130 x 110 cm
Jule - die Vrou [Jule - the Woman]   
Marlene Dumas
Jule - die Vrou [Jule - the Woman]   


Oil on canvas

125 x 105 cm
Feathered Stola  
Marlene Dumas
Feathered Stola  


Oil on canvas

100 x 56 cm
Marlene Dumas - Installation Shot
Marlene Dumas
Marlene Dumas - Installation Shot

Marlene Dumas


Gouache and ink on paper

61 x 49 cm
The Cover Up
Marlene Dumas
The Cover Up


Oil on Canvas

198 x 99cm
In The Cover-Up, Marlene Dumas presents a corruption of innocence. Her portrayal of a young child with its clothes lifted over its head immediately gives way to dark thoughts of sexuality and exploitation. The controversy isn’t in the images Marlene Dumas paints, but in the way they’re subverted by an implied knowingness, a blatant confrontation with a natural reality and its discomforts.
Jule-die Vrou
Marlene Dumas
Jule-die Vrou


125 x 105cm
Jule-die Vrou is a disembodied portrait painting framed in extreme close-up; only the model’s eyes and lips are fully rendered attributes of seduction and sexuality. The rest of the painting is obliterated by a corpulent fleshy pink, suggestive of femininity, sin, violence and womanhood. The contrast between representation, and abstraction suggests a psychological disparity, where morality, representation, and social convention are questioned.

‘I don’t have any conception of how big an average head is, I’ve never been interested in anatomy. In that respect I relate like children do. What is experienced as most important is seen as the biggest, irrespective of actual or factual size. In the movies everything is larger than life and yet you experience that as real(istic); all my faces are much bigger than human scale. From blowing up to zooming in, for me the “close-up” was a way of getting rid of irrelevant background information and by making the facial elements so big, it increased the sense of abstraction concerning the picture frame. The elimination of the background also did away with the place of being and environmental context.’

‘As the isolation of a recognisable figure increases and the narrative character decreases (contrary to what one might initially assume that this lack of illustrative information would bring about), the interpretative effects are inflamed. The titles re-direct the work, however, they do not eradicate the inherent ambiguity. One cannot interpret the painting of Jule-die Vrou without entangling some of the root metaphors applied not only to the female, but to the idea of portrayal in general’. Marlene Dumas, 1992.
Die Baba
Marlene Dumas
Die Baba


Oil on Canvas on Linen

130 x 110cm
Bathed in sickly blue-yellow light, Marlene Dumas’s baby is almost repellent. Instead of an instant love affair, Dumas paints an alien encounter, the unnerving presence of an ‘other’, the realisation of an individual with a will and determination of his own. Marlene Dumas confronts the reality of motherhood, with all its natural and terrifying implications.
Feather Stola
Marlene Dumas
Feather Stola


100 x 56cm
In Feather Stola, Dumas recalls the painterly gestures of expressionism, while combining the critical distance of conceptual art with the pleasures of eroticism. The relationship between art and female beauty - or between art-historical models and twentieth-century supermodels - are constant themes in her work.

Marlene Dumas's BIOGRAPHY

Marlene Dumas
Born in 1953, Cape Town, South Africa
Lives and works in Amsterdam

BA Fine Art, University of Cape Town

Atelier 63, Haarlem, Netherlands

Institute of Psychology, University of Amsterdam


Tronies, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Against the Wall, Fundacao Serralves, Porto
Against the Wall, David Zwirner, New York

Measuring your Own Grave, Menil Collection, Houston

Measuring your Own Grave, MoMA, New York
Measuring your Own Grave, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Intimate Relations Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg,
RSA (travelling from SA National Gallery, Cape Town)
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa
For Whom the bell Tolls, Zeno X, Antwerp.

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Taidehalli Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki

The Second Coming, Frith Street Gallery, London
Con vista al celestiale, together with Marijke van Warmerdam, Montevergini - Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Termite Art Vs. White Elephant, Fundacio ICO, Madrid

Suspect, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Massa Venice

Name No Name, New Museum, New York
Name No Names, de Pont, Tilburg
Zeno X Gallery

Name No Names, Centre de Georges Pompidou, Paris

Figuration, Museion, Bozen
Strippinggirls, met Anton Corbijn, Theatermuseum Amsterdam, SMAK, Gent
Marlene Dumas, Camden Arts Centre, London
All is Fair in Love and War, Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York
Touring Exhibition, Muhka, Antwerp; Camden Arts Centre, London; Henie
Onstad Artcenter, Hovikodden, Oslo

M D-light, Frith Street Gallery, London

Miss World, Galerie Paul Andriesse
Fantasma, Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Damenwahl (with Andries Bota), Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel

Young Boys - Part II, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
Marlene Dumas Wolkenkieker, Produzentengalerie Hamburg

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
Models NGBK/Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin
Tate Gallery, London
Pin Up, Stedelijk Museum "het Toreke", Tienen

The Dutch Pavilion, The Venice Biennial Raum aktueller Kunst, Vienna
Models, Kunstverein, Salzburg
Portikus Frankfurt am Main

Chlorosis, Douglas Hyde Gallery, DubliKunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne
Marlene Dumas, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
Marlene Dumas, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Not From Here, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Give 'em what they Want, Zeno X, Antwerp
Land of Milk and Honey, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg; Bonner Kunstverein, am August-Macke-Platz, Bonn
Marlene Dumas, ICA, Philadelphia
Lanormalita dell'Arte, La Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milan

Ask me no Questions and I'll tell you no Lies, Galerie Isabella Kacprzak, Cologne
Insight, Axe-Néo-7, Hull Québec
Strips, In Situ/Ardi Poels, Maastricht
Miss Interpreted, StedelijkVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

The Origin of the Species, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Ausser Reichweite von Kindern, Galerie Stampa, Basel
Presentation of a commission for the Psychiatric Centre Het Hooghuys, Etten-Leur

Couples, Museum Overholland, Amsterdam
The Origin of the Species, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich

The Question of Human Pink, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

Nightmares, Galerie Wanda Reiff, Maastricht
Mother Explains Life to Her Son, Kunstcentrum Marktzeventien, Enschede
Waiting (for meaning), Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Ecco Pier Paolo Pasolini (presentation portfolio), Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

The Private versus the Public, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

Fear of Babies (presentation portfolio), De Expeditie, Amsterdam

The Eyes of the Night Creatures, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

Ons Land Lickt Lager Dan De Zee, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
The Artist as a Young Girl, Galerie Flatland, Utrecht

Unsatisfied Desire, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

Marlene Dumas, Galerie Lambelet, Basel

Marlene Dumas, Galerie Annemarie de Kruyff, Paris


In the Company of Alice, Victoria Miro, London
25 or 30 Years Gallery: Part II, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

MOCA’s First Thirty Years, MOCA, Los Angeles
Mapping the Studio, Punta della Dogana, Venice
The Female Gaze, Cheim & Read, New York

Order. Desire. Light. IMMA, Dublin
The Painting of Modern Life, Hayward Gallery, London
The Gallery, David Zwiner, New York

Seduced, Barbican, London
Global Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, NY (touring)
The Present: The Monique Zajfen Collection, Stedelijk Museum CS

Resonance, Frith Street Gallery, London
Essential Painting, National Museum of Art, Osaka
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy
Nederland I, Museum Gouda, Netherlands
2005 Self Portrait Renaissance to Contemporary, National Portrait Gallery
51st Venice Biennale, The Experience of Art, Italian Pavilion
Identita & Nomadismo, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Sienna, Italy
Some Painting, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Africa Remix, Hayward Gallery, London
Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, London

Nederland Niet Nederland, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Non Toccare La Donna Bianca, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torin
(In Search of) The Perfect Lover, Hauser and Wirth, London
L’AAAir du Temps, Das Migro Museum, Zurich

The Nude in Art of the 20th Century, Museum of Modern Art, Arken, Denmark
FOCUS, Art Insitute, Chicago

The Beauty of Intimacy, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Germany
Schwarz/Weiss, Muscarnok, Budapest
Hofvijver in Poezie en Beeld, Den Haag
Moffat, Kruger, Dumas, Monika Sprueth Galerie, Cologne
Royal Academy, London, curated by Gary Hume
Refuge, Henie Onstad Center, Oslo
Extreme Existence, Pratt Institute, New York
The Nude in Art of the 20th Century, Kunsthalle Emden
The Galleries Show 2002, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Stop Press : beautiful productions, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Le Sommeil ou quand la raison s'absente, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts,
Lausanne, (cat.)
Salon, Delfina Gallery, London

Physical Evidence, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
Marlene Dumas, Fondazione Teseco per l"Arte, Pisa
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Spaced Out, Californian College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco
Trouble Spot, Muhka, Antwerp
Presence: Figurative Art at the End of the Century, Tate Gallery Liverpool
Face to Face, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Pathologiae, Museion, Bolzano
0 TO 60 IN 10 YEARS, Frith Street Gallery, London
Micro / Macro, University of Texas, Austin
Presumés Innocents, Capc, Bordeaux
Regarding Beauty, Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Zeitwenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn

Desde el cuerpo: alegorias de lo femenino, Museo bellas Artes, Cara
Wounds: between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Szenenwechsel, Museum fĂŒr Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
8 People from Europe, Inaugural exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
Hungry Ghosts, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Ideal und Wirklichkeit, Rupertinum, Salzburg

Kaapse Lading, Oudtshorn, South Africa
De Bruiloftsreportage, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht
Palazzo Grassi, Biennial, Venice
De Versameling, Muhka, Antwerp
Floating Images of Women in Art History, Tochigi prefectoral Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya
1996 Ver na Vermeer, De Beyerd, Breda
Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990's, Hirschorn Museum, Washington
Take Two, Centraal Museum Utrecht

The Particularity of Being Human, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö and Castello di Rivoli, Turin
ARS 95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Africus, Johannesburg Biennale
Identita et Alterita, La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Grassi
Der Eeuw van Mondriaan, Museum Paleis Lange Voorhout, Den Haag
Hedendaags Zuid-Afrika, 12 artists from South Africa, Museum't Coopmanshus, Franeker
Carnegie International 1995, Carnegie, Pittsburgh

Marlene Dumas, Mike Kelley, Christopher Wool (Drawings), Galerie Samia Souma, Paris
Art des Pays Bas au XXeme Siecle, Du Concept à L'Image, Musée D'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Ik + de Ander, Dignity for All, Reflections on Humanity, Beurs van Berlage Galerie Luce Monacchese, Rome
Andries Botha, Marlene Dumas, Sandra Kriel, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam Centre d'Art
Contemporain, Geneva
Marlene Dumas, Juan Muñoz, Thomas SchĂŒtte, Frith Street Gallery, London
4 x 1 im Albertinum with Gunther Fruhtrunk, Louise Lawler, Marcel
Odenbach, GemÀldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Cocido Y Crudo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

The 21st Century, Kunsthalle Basel
Der Zerbrochene Spiegel, Positionen zur Malerei, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Cahn, Dumas, Hentricks, Zimmerman, Verein kunsthalle St Gallen Gegenbilder, Lambertkirche, MĂŒnster Deichtorhalle, Vienna and Hamburg
Überleben, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Bildnisse Figuren, Stampa, Basel
Drawn in the Nineties, New York
Documenta IX, Kassel
Ars Pro Domo, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Kölner Privatbesitz, Museum Ludwig Cologne
De Opening, De Pont Stichting
Brain / internal affairs, Gorichem, Beatrixzielkenhuis

The Interrupted Life, The New Museum, New York
Forbidden Games, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York
Individu, Duiding, verboden verbindingen + twijfelachtige verbanden KMSK/ICC, Antwerpen
GlĂŒck Auf , Zeche Rheinpreussen, Schacht V. Moers

Selfportraits, Galerie Tania Rumpff, Haarlem
Inconsolable, An Exhibition about Painting, Louver Gallery, New York
Bevrijdingen, Het Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam

6 Dutch Artists The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Bildersteit, Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der kunst siet 1960
Rheinhallen der Kolnermesse Koln in samenwerking met Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Hommage aan Pasolini, Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem
Prospect '89 Eine Ausstellung Aktueller Kunst Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
1988 Bluebeard Stills, Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam
Nightfire, Stichting de Appel, Amsterdam
Rosemarie Trockel: arbeiten 1988; Marlene Dumas; arbeiten 1986/88, Galerie Stampa, Basel

Art From Europe, Tate Gallery, London
Holland's Landscape, Museum Overholland, Amsterdam Century Art, Amsterdam
1986 6 Plasticiens contemporains des Pays-Bas, Musée d'Art Moderne Villeneuve d'Ascq
Innovation and Tradition . Dutch Art of the Eighties
Badischer Kunstverien, Karlsruhe; StÀdtische Galerie Erlangen, Erlangen; Centraal Museum, Utrecht
The Meaning of Drawing, Drawings by ten Dutch artists, Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst, Den Haag

Het Avondmaal, Grote of Jacobijnenkerk, Leeuwarden
Wat Amsterdam betreft (As far as Amsterdam goes), Sedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Holanda 18A Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Centro de Arte communication
Buenos Aires; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Cover/Dubbelganger, Aorta, Amsterdam
Vijftien kunstenaars, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Kunst tegen apartheid De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
Original d'Amsterdam, Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Holland,
Centre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensiones, Barcelona
René Daniels, Marlene Dumas, Henk Visch, Barbara Jandrig Galerie, Krefeld

Vindsulor. Painting Sculpture and Video in Holland, Konsthallen Göteborg
Private Symbol: Social Metaphor (5th Biennial of Sydney), Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney
Im toten Winkel, Kunstverein und Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Hamburg; Göteborgs Konstmuseum
Paravents, Schloss Lörsfeld, Kerpen

Rainer Fetting, Marlene Dumas, René Daniels. Walter Dahn, Galerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam
Amsterdam 1983 in Berline, Berlin 1983 in Amsterdam, 14 NiederlĂ€ische KĂŒnstler zeigen eigene Werke, 14 Deutsche KĂŒnstler zeigen eigene Werke, Kunstambt
Kreuzberg, Berlin; Aorta, Amsterdam
Fourteen Artists from The Netherlands, a selection from Albert Waalkens,
Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Restrisiko, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Amsterdam-Reykjavik, on both sides of the meridian, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

Zeichnung Heute, 2. Inernationale Jugendbiennale + Meister der Zeichnung, RĂŒckblick, Kunsthalle NĂŒrnberg, NĂŒrnberg
Junge Kunst aus den Niederlanden, Form und Expression, Art 13'82, Sonderschau Kunstmesse, Basel; Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag Documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel

The Critic Sees, a choice from Paul Groot, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

Atelier 15 (10 young artists), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Marlene Dumas, Elisabeth de Vaal, Edelambachtshuis, Gouda