ana torfs

solo exhibitions


The Magician & the Surgeon
Bozar, Brussels
(BE, March 12-June 1, 2020)


Figments & Fragments
Pori Art Museum, Finland
(FI, September 22, 2017-25 February 2018, curated by Anni Venäläinen)


Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
(PT, March 10-June 16, 2016, curated by Caroline Dumalin)


WIELS, Brussels
(BE, September 12-December 14, 2014, curated by Dirk Snauwaert)


Generali Foundation, Vienna
(AT, September 3-December 12, 2010, curated by Sabine Folie)

K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
(DE, February 27-July 18, 2010, curated by Doris Krystof)


Sprengel Museum, Hannover
(DE, April 13-September 7, 2008, curated by Inka Schube)


argos centre for art and media, Brussels
(BE, February 6-March 10, 2007)


daadgalerie, Berlin
(DE, September 23-November 4, 2006, curated by Friedrich Meschede)

Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst(GAK) Bremen
(DE, January 26-April 27, 2006, curated by Gabriele Mackert)


DeSingel, International Arts Campus, Antwerp
(BE, November 8, 2005)


Dia Art Foundation, New York
(US, web project, launched December 2, 2004, curated by Lynne Cooke & Sara Tucker)

Roomade, Brussels
(BE, October 15-24, 2004)


Het Kabinet, Ghent
(BE, November 22, 2003-January 18, 2004)


Etablissement d’en face, Brussels
(BE, edition project, September 27-November 11, 2002)


Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
(BE, September 15-November 5, 2000, curated by Piet Coessens)


Theater aan het Spui/Stroom hcbk, Den Haag
(NL, May 9-22, 1995)


Royal Palace, Antwerp
(BE, Antwerp93, Cultural Capital of Europe, May 21-June 11, 1993)

selected group exhibitions and screenings


Wir Irren
De Singel, Antwerp
(BE, 18 February 2020)

Wir Irren
Klarafestival/bozar, Brussels
(BE, 22 March 2020)

Wir Irren
nona, Mechelen
(BE, 28 April 2020)


Le petit cercle bruxellois, a selection of artists from Brussels
Institut de Carton, Brussels
(BE, 19 April-30 November 2019, curated by Institut de Carton)

Art & Diplomacy, works from the Art Collection of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Egmont Palace, Brussels
(BE, 22 July-30 August 2019, curated by Ilse Dauwe)

Collection presentation
(BE, 6 April 2019-6 September 2019, curated by Ilse Roosens)

Contemporary Art in the Collection
K21-Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
(DE, 7 September 2018-6 September 2019, curated by Doris Krystof)


Power of Language
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
(AT, 20 October 2018-7 April 2019, curated by Antonia Lotz)

The Liar's Cloth
Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam
(NL, 22 February-7 April 2018, curated by Nathanja Van Dijk)

Voici des Fleurs
La Loge, Brussels
(BE, 19 April-30 June 2018, curated by Anne-Claire Schmitz)

Different venues, Worpswede
(DE, 24 June - 4 November 2018, curated by Jörg van den Berg)

Akarova/Baugniet, L'entre deux-guerres
La loge, Brussels
(BE, 23 May 2018, curated by Laura Herman & Anne-Claire Schmitz)

Somewhere in Between, Contemporary Art Scenes in Europe
Bozar, Brussels
(BE, 19 June-19 August 2018)

Contemporary Art in the Collection
K21-Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
(DE, 7 September 2018-6 September 2019, curated by Doris Krystof)


Power and Other Things
Bozar, Brussels
(BE, 18 October 2017-21 January 2018, curated by Riksa Afiaty and Charles Esche)

What Are the Clouds?
Kunstgebäude, Stuttgart
(DE, 18 November 2017-4 March 2018, curated by Iris Dressler and Christine Peters)

Open House
IASPIS, Stockholm
(SE, 22 September 2017)

Contour Biennial 8, Mechelen
(BE, March 11-May 21, 2017, curated by Natasha Ginwala)

Still Point of the Turning World: Between Film and Photography
Fomu, Antwerp
(BE, 23 June-8 October 2017, curated by David Campany and Joachim Naudts)

"Artist's publications, the Belgian Contribution"
Maurice Verbaet Art Center, Antwerp
(BE, 15 September-5 November 2017, Antwerp, curated by Johan Pas)


BXL Universel
Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels
(BE, October 20 2016-March 26, 2017, curated by Carine Fol)

Zyklus von Kleinigkeiten, (Cycle of Trifles), screening
Cinematek, Brussels
(BE, 23 November 2016, chosen by Le P'tit Ciné and Cobra Films)

Zyklus von Kleinigkeiten (Cycle of Trifles), screening
KASKcinema, Ghent
(BE, 6 December 2016, chosen by Steven Jacobs)


The Importance of Being
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
(BR, December 16, 2015-February 14, 2016, curated by Sara Alonso)

Picture X, Proximus Art Collection
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
(BE, June 28-October 10, 2015)

Et in Arcadia Ego—World Chaos and Idyll
Museum Kurhaus Kleve
(DE, July 10-September 20, 2015, curated by Harald Kunde, Susanne Figner)

Beyond Words
M HKA, Extra Muros
(BE, April 2-April 25, 2015)

The Importance of Being
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(AR, July 17-October 4, 2015, curated by Sara Alonso)

Parasophia, Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture
(JP, March 7-May 10, 2015, curated by Shinji Kohmoto)

The Importance of Being
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba
(CU, February 13-April 26, 2015, curated by Sara Alonso)


Cinema Remake, Art & Film
EYE, Amsterdam
(NL, March 22-June 1, 2014, curated by Jaap Guldemond & Marente Bloemheuvel)

Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
(JP, April 22-June 1, 2014, curated by Chinatsu Makiguchi)

six memos for the next…
Magazin4, Kunstverein, Bregenz
(AT, June 13-August 24, 2014, curated by Wolfgang Fetz & Jörg Van den Berg)

1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
(CO, February 7, 2014-April 7, 2014, curated by Berta Sichel)

Zyklus von Kleinigkeiten,, screening
Cinematek, Brussels
(BE, 21 November 2014, in the context of my solo exhibition Echolalia at WIELS )


ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
(AU, December 20, 2013-March 2, 2014, curated by Juliana Engberg)

Conversation Piece
Mu.ZEE, Ostend
(BE, December 14, 2013-June 29, 2014, curated by Mieke Mels & Phillip Van den Bossche)

The Way of the Shovel, Art as Archaeology
MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
(USA, November 9, 2013-March 9, 2014, curated by Dieter Roelstraete)

Against Method
Generali Foundation, Vienna
(AT, September 13-December 22, 2013, curated by Gertrud Sandqvist)

Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
(JP, September 7-October 27, 2013, curated by Chinatsu Makiguchi)

The Collection as a Character, Collection XXXIII
M HKA, Antwerp
(BE, June 7-October 6, 2013, curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq)

Bazaar Belgie
Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels
(BE, June 28-October 6, 2013, curated by Claude Blondeel)

Sharjah Biennial 11
(UAE, March 13-May 13, 2013, curated by Yuko Hasegawa)


Appropriation 3
Fotogalerie, Vienna
(AT, December 17, 2012-January 26, 2013)

Lo Bueno y lo Malo
Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo
(BR, September 1-November 3, 2012, curated by Patrick Charpenel)

Manifesta 9, The Deep of the Modern, Genk
(BE, June 1-September 30, 2012, curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades)

BOOKSHOWBOOKSHOP, Belgian Artist's Books
Be-Part, Waregem
(BE, April 15-June 10, 2012, curated by Johan Pas and Vaast Colson)


Big Picture (Zeitzonen/Time Zones)
K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
(DE, December 9, 2011- April 1, 2012, curated by Doris Krystof)

Masterpieces in MAS. Five Centuries of Imagery in Antwerp
"MAS (Museum aan de Stroom)" Antwerp
(BE, May 17, 2011-December 31, 2012, curated by Bart De Baere, Nico Van Hout and Iris Cockelberghs)


ABC-Contemporary Art in Belgium
Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
(FR, October 9-December 30, 2010, curated by Dominique Païni, Pascale Pronnier)

Demain vous n'y penserez plus
Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes
(Fr, April 29-June 6, 2010, curated by Marion Hohlfeldt)

Break Even
International Film Festival Rotterdam
(NL, January 27-February 7, 2010, curated by Edwin Carels)

The State of Things, Brussels/Beijing.
NAMOC, Beijing
(CN, April 30-June 1, 2010, curated by Luc Tuymans, Fan Di'an and Ai Weiwei)


The State of Things. Brussels/Beijing
Bozar, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels
(BE, October 17, 2009-January 10, 2010, curated by Luc Tuymans, Fan Di'an and Ai Weiwei)

Time Festival
(BE, November 2009, curated by Els Dietvorst and Dirk Braeckman)

Jeugdzonde / Over opus één en opus min één
Hedah, Centrum voor hedendaagse kunst, Maastricht
(NL, September 5-October 3, 2009, curated by Ulrike Lindmayer)

"A Story of the Image"
National Museum of Singapore
(SG, August 13-October 31, 2009, curated by Bart De Baere, Paul Huvenne, Dieter Roelstraete and Herwig Todts)

A Story of the Image
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai
(CN, April 30-June 21, 2009, curated by Bart De Baere, Paul Huvenne, Dieter Roelstraete and Herwig Todts)

Vérité Exposée – About Memory
Ernst Museum/Mucsarnok, Kunsthalle Budapest
(HU, April 10-May 31, 2009, curated by Kati Simon)

Jeugdzonde / Over opus één en opus min één
LLS 387, Ruimte voor actuele kunst, Antwerp
(BE, March 19-May 30, 2009, curated by Ulrike Lindmayer)


Un Coup de Dés, Writing Turned Image. An Alphabet of Pensive Language
Generali Foundation, Vienna
(AT, September 18-November 23, 2008, curated by Sabine Folie)

Peripheral Vision and Collective Body
Museion, Bolzano
(IT, May 24-September 21, 2008, curated by Corinne Diserens)


Talking Pictures
K21, Düsseldorf
(DE, August 18-November 4, 2007, curated by Doris Krystof)

Projection Project II
Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
(HU, June 23-August 26, 2007, curated by Mark Kremer, in collaboration with Edwin Carels, Dieter Roelstraete)

Research and Invention
Fotomuseum, Winterthur
(CH, June 2-August 19, 2007, curated by Thomas Seelig)

A Story of the Image
MuHKA, Antwerp
(BE, June 1-August 19, 2007, curated by Bart De Baere, Dieter Roelstraete and Herwig Todts)

Übergangsräume/Potential Spaces
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
(DE, May 17-August 12, 2007, curated by Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler)

Borderline Behaviour
tent., Rotterdam
(NL, January 25-March 18, 2007, curated by Edwin Carels)

"Time Frames, films by photographers & visual artists
MuHKA_media, Antwerp
(BE, 7, 14, 21, 28 January 2007, curated by Edwin Carels)


Projection Project
MuHKA, Antwerp
(BE, December 15, 2006-February 15, 2007, curated by Mark Kremer, Edwin Carels, Dieter Roelstraete)

Sonambiente II
different venues, Berlin
(DE, June 1-July 16, 2006, curated by Georg Weckwerth)


Photo Based & French Art in the Collection
MuHKA, Antwerp
(BE, September 27-November 13, 2005)

Belgian Photographers 1840-2005
FotoMuseum, Antwerp
(BE, June 24-September 19, 2005, curated by Inge Henneman)

The Web as a Work of Art
Victoria University's Vuspace gallery, Melbourne
(AU, July 20-August 10, 2005, curated by Michelle Mantsio)

Visionary Belgium
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
(BE, March 4-May 15, 2005, curated by Harald Szeemann)

Screen Tests
Dutch Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
(NL, January 22-March 6, 2005, curated by Edwin Carels)


Dedicated to a Proposition
Extra City, Antwerp
(BE, November 20, 2004-February 20, 2005, curated by Wim Peeters)

Nuits d’été
FRAC Lorraine, Metz
(FR, June 11-August 15, 2004, curated by Béatrice Josse)

Duo Track, Language and Image
De Buren, argos extra-muros, Brussels
(BE, June 25-July 11, 2004, curated by Paul Willemsen)

Short Stories
FotoMuseum, Antwerp
(BE, March 20-May 31, 2004, curated by Inge Henneman)


Once upon a Time, a Look at Art in Belgium in the Nineties
MuHKA, Antwerp
(BE, December 20, 2003-February 29, 2004, curated by Guillaume Bijl)

Réalités, Collections without Frontiers II
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
(PO, September 15-November 16, 2003, curated by Agnieszka Morawinska, Hanna Wroblewska)


ForwArt, a Choice
different venues, Brussels
(BE, September 27-November 11, 2002, curated by Lynne Cooke, Chris Dercon, Robert Fleck, Hans-Ulrich Obrist)

Uncertain Signs-True Stories
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
(DE, April 21-June 16, 2002, curated by Angelika Stepken)

Film Festival of the European Union
different venues, Praha/Brno
(CZ, March 7-26, 2002)


9th Biennial of Moving Images
Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva
(CH, November 2-11, 2001)

Ciphers & Letters
hARTware, Dortmund
(DE, March 2-April 8, 2001, curated by Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ)

Exploding Cinema, Cinema without Walls
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
(NL, January 24-February 4, 2001, curated by Chris Dercon)

Magnetic North
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
(US, October 2000, curated by Jenny Lion)


9e Festival Filmer à Tout Prix, Cinéma des Réalités
different venues, Brussels
(BE, November 21-30, 2000)

International Festival Filmforum Arsenals
different venues, Riga
(LV, September 16-24, 2000)

Tous le temps/Every Time, La Biennale de Montreal
Palais du Commerce, Montreal
(CA, September 28-October 29, 2000, curated by Peggy Gale)


13e Rencontres Cinématographiques, une Certaine Idée du Cinéma
Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing
(FR, December 3-12, 1999, curated by Jacques Déniel)

Belluard Bollwerk International 1
different venues, Fribourg
(CH, June 25-July 10, 1999, curated by Cis Bierinckx)

23th International Film Festival of Sao Paulo
(BR, October 15-28, 1999)

4th International Festival of New Film, Split (grand prix)
(HR, September 25-October 2, 1999)

5th Viewpoint Film Festival, Ghent
(BE, March 3-10, 1999, curated by Cis Bierinckx)

28th International Film Festival, Rotterdam (in competition for Tiger Award)
(NL, January 27-February 7, 1999, curated by Simon Field)

Zyklus von Kleinigkeiten, Austrian premiere
Filmcasino, Vienna
March 1999


The Art of Trying
Cinemateca Portugesa, Lisbon
(PT, September 24-October 1, 1998, curated by Edwin Carels)

Schieve Cinema Ana Torfs & Boris Lehman
Cinema Nova, Brussels
(BE, September 22-23, 1998)

5th KunstenFestivaldesArts
different venues, Brussels
(BE, May 9-30, 1998, curated by Frie Leysen)

Festival aan de Werf
different venues, Utrecht
(BE, May 22-31, 1998)


Inside the Visible
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
(AU, February 12-April 6, 1997, curated by Catherine de Zegher)


Inside the Visible
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
(UK, 11 October-8 December, 1996, curated by Catherine de Zegher)

5e Biennale Internationale du Film sur l’Art
Centre Pompidou, Paris
(FR, October 16-21, 1996)

Sonambiente I
different venues, Berlin
(DE, August 9-September 8, 1996, curated by Georg Weckwerth)

Inside the Visible
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
(US, January 31-May 12, 1996, curated by Catherine de Zegher)

Foro Artistico, Hannover
(DE, January 12-February 4, 1996, curated by Axel Bohse)


3e Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon
(FR, December 20, 1995-February 18, 1996, curated by Thierry Prat, Thierry Raspail, Georges Rey)

6th International Video Week
Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva
(CH, November 3-11, 1995, curated by André Iten)

Viper, International Festival for Film, Video and New Media
different venues, Luzern
(CH, October 25-29, 1995, curated by Conny E. Voester)

Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva
(CH, April 26-June 2, 1995, curated by André Iten)

Kinekunst I
Casino, Knokke
(BE, May 24-27, 1995)

IMZ Opera Screen
Opera National de Lyon
(FR, June 1995)


18th Festival International du Film d’Art
Maison de l’Unesco, Paris
(FR, November 17-29, 1994)

Exhibition of finalists of "jeune peinture belge"
Palais des Beaux-Arts (bozar), Brussels
(BE, September 9-November 9, 1994)

6th Videonale
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
(DE, September 14-18, 1994

15th Video Art Festival
different venues, Locarno
(CH, September 1994)

International Filmfestival of Brussels
different venues, Brussels
(BE, January 12-24, 1994)


Film+Arc 1
different venues, Graz
(AT, December 2-5, 1993)

5th International Video Week
Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva
(CH, October 29-November 6, 1993, curated by André Iten)

IMZ Dance Screen
Alte Oper, Frankfurt
(DE, June 1993)


9th World Wide Video Festival
Den Haag, Kijkhuis
(NL, 29 September-3 October 1990, curated by Tom Van Vliet)


Multimediale 1, Video Art, the New Generation
ZKM, Karlsruhe
(DE, 30 October-4 November 1989, curated by Stefan Sauer)

8th World Wide Video Festival
Den Haag, Kijkhuis
(NL, 9 September-16 September 1989, curated by Tom Van Vliet)