Thomas Lerooy

We humans are fallible beings, aware of the briefness of mortal life even as we seek to quicken its pace with questionable choices. We are seduced by our own destruction and inevitably, even attempt to perfect it. How else would one explain the exquisite touch of a cigarette pressed against one’s lips, or the contents of a gigantic champagne bottle coursing through one’s hands?

Such is the concern of Thomas Lerooy, whose immaculately detailed drawings and sculptures betray an uncanny understanding of the weight of human life - a weight that is as insuperable in the face of vice as it is slyly comical in the face of mortality. Like renaissance depictions of saints and martyrs, Lerooy’s sculptures find themselves doomed to wear the consequences of their choices as lasting imagery, long past their finite existence. But Lerooy goes further: Suddenly, his subjects are no longer themselves, but become fragmented and dismembered, literal physicalizations of their shortcomings.


Born 1981 in Roeselare, Belgium

Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium



Artist in residence at Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria


Artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin,Germany

Solo exhibitions


Behind the Curtain, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium


Vanity Fair, Gaasbeek Castle, Gaasbeek, Belgium

Stigter Van Doesburg with Iris Van Dongen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Playground, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium


I Need you close, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway


Beauty in the shadow of the stars, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France


Seduction of Destruction, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium Etats d'âmes, Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium


Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Summer Project, Villa Knokke, Knokke Heist, Belgium

Souvenir, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France


X&Y, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


The Garden of Exile, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

Hole in the sky, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria

Something in between, Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin, Germany


Braindance, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France


Infini, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium


Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium

Group Exhibitions


Convexe/Concave: Contemporary art from Belgium, TANK, Shanghai, China

Wondrous Worlds, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany


Painting still alive, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland

CHARIVARI, Pamelekerk, Oudenaarde, Belgium

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil 2nd edition, curated by Joost Declercq and Charlotte Crevits, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MOMENTUM 18, Ypres, Belgium

Kunstenfestival Watou, Tussen Taal & Beeld/Verzamelde verhalen, Watou, Belgium

Intervention. Raum für Junge Kunst. Sammlung Reydan Weiss. ‘Ohne Etikett fühle ich mich freier…’, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig, Germany

WORKFLOW, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium


Doing identity, Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Listening To The Form, Panthera, Brussels, Belgium

Ecce Homo, Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium

birds, cigarettes, guitars, eyes and trees, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Anniversary exhibition Galleri Brandstrup 30 years, Oslo, Norway

Fantastic Art in Belgium, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe; The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Ecce Homo, Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium

Bxl Universel, Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Paris, France


Recollection-Art & Fashion, Belfius art gallery , Brussels, Belgium

Bxl Universel, La Centrale For Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium

Mir Ist Das Leben Lieber. Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Weserburg/Museum Fur moderne kunst, Bremen, Germany

Weird and Wonderful, Los Carpinteros, Ouyang Chun and favourite pieces from the Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Tous Belges!, Abbaye St André Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France


Glasstress 2015 Gotika, collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale, organised by The State Hermitage Museum and Studio Berengo, curated by Dimitri Ozerkov and Adriano Berengo, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti and Fondazione Berengo, Venice, Italy

Là où commence le jour, LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth - Oscar Wilde, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Vanitas : Contemporary Reflections on Love and Death from the Collection of Stephane Janssen, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ USA

Addenda, Musée de l’Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose, Lessines, Belgium

State of Minds, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

Résonance(s), Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium


Là où Commence Le Jour, LAM, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain de Villeneuve d’Asq, France

Donation Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

Rien faire et Laisser Rire, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Belgium

Voyages intérieurs, Maison Particulière, Belgium


Methamorphosis : the Transformation of Being, All Visual Arts, London, United Kingdom

Everywhere and nowhere, Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf, Germany

Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Through the Looking Glass, ME-Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany


Mémoires Du Futur, La Collection Olbricht, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (catalogue)

Summershow, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Small, Medium, Large, Donjon De Vez, Vez, France (catalogue)

Bronzes, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

Origine(s), La Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium


When will they finally see the power of drawing, Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium

Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria

Vanbijdeburen-Belgium (curated by Joost Declercq), Kasteel keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands (catalogue)

OPEN, Zoya Museum, Modra, Slovakia

Skulls,Skeletons & Bones (curated by Xavier Tricot), Oostende, Belgium (catalogue)


Galerie Im Regierungsviertel/Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin/Belgium

Art in the city, Brussels, Belgium

GALA. 5, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (catalogue)

Salon du Dessin, Palais de la Bourse, Paris, France

DARK SUMMER, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Anatomie, Les peaux du Dessin, collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain, FRAC Picardie, Picardie, France (catalogue)

New Media, Stéphane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium

The flowers of evil still bloom, Cueto Project New York, NY USA (catalogue)

Power to the people (curated by Pierre-Yves Desaive), Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

Poëziezomer Watou 2008 (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Watou, Belgium (catalogue)

Special Opening, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium

Die hände der kunst, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany (catalogue)

The hands of art, S.M.A.K. Ghent, Belgium (catalogue)


The teardrop explodes, Stadtgalerie Schwaz Tirol (curated by Karin Pernegger), Austria

Stranger than paradise (curated by Max Henry), Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève, Switzerland

Thomas Lerooy & Lucy McKenzie (curated by Tanguy Eeckhout), Be-part Artplatform, Waregem, Belgium

Gegen Den Strich (curated by Christoph Tannert and Valeria Schul te-Fischedick), Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)

Art Brussels Projectroom Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


St.Lucas Gallery (curated Filip Luyckx), Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium


Schabbernak, Netwerk Gallery, Aalst, Belgium

Interface (curated by Helix), Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Provincial Archeological Museum (curated Stef Van Bellingen), PAM, Ename, Belgium



Mars op Oostende, PMMK-Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium


100 years of Michelin, Musée D’Orsay, Paris, France


Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Belfius Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium