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Published on the occasion of Tony Ourlser’s Phantamagoria exhibition at MAC’s in 2013, this original work refers to the theatrical phantasmagorias created by Etienne Gaspard Robertson in the 18th century. Like the installation he made for MAC’s, here Tony Oursler creates phantasmagoria which deconstruct the past while leaving space for fear (metaphorically), so that viewers can reflect on the very idea of ​​horror engendered daily by the ever more powerful tide of media. Oursler imagines a contemporary phantasmagoria, in whose center a diabolical figure emerges from the smoke. Images of video games of war evoke the consumption of horror in the form of entertainment, while the presence of the snake at the top of the image refers to the reptilian brain considered responsible for primitive instincts such as fear, hatred and survival instinct.


  • MediumPhoto lithograpy on Rives paper
  • Dimensions65 cm (H) x 50 cm (W)
  • Year2014
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  • FramedNo
  • Shipping modalitiesWithin 5-10 business days from Brussels (Belgium)
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Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler (1957) is een Amerikaanse artiets geboren in New York, waar hij ook woont.

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The MAC’s is housed within the former Grand-Hornu colliery, a monument of European industrial heritage that was designated as UNESCO world heritage in 2012. Since the museum opened in 2002, it has welcomed over a million visitors, produced more than 85 exhibitions and promoted numerous artists from the region. Thanks to such major international artists as Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Guiseppe Penone and Tony Oursler, who presented their first major Belgian exhibitions here, the reputation of the MAC’s now extends well beyond Belgium’s borders. Drawing inspiration from the unique architecture and history of the Grand-Hornu site, its collection explores themes that have caught the attention of numerous contemporary artists, including memory, technology and community. Every day, the MAC’s offers free guided visits to its exhibitions. The entry ticket also provides access to the historic site of the former colliery and the design exhibitions organized by the CID, the Centre for Innovation and Design. You can find more information about the Mac’s by clicking on the following link:

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