Oil on canvas

221 x 294.6 cm (87 x 116 in.)

Luc Tuymans’ Simulation reveals the other side of mysterious scenery on an icy background. The Belgian painter revisits a cardboard model by the Disney studio, which in 1983 planned to make a 3D cartoon adaptation of the children's book Where the Wild Things Are. It depicts a child's bedroom where only bare, abstract lines can be made out, evoking an unsettling, claustrophobic world very different from the American studio’s aesthetics.

Between 2007 and 2008, Tuymans produced a series of paintings dedicated to Walt Disney and the transformation of an entertainment company into an ideology. In this way, he envisages the underside of Disney's "magic". Influenced by his interest in photography and film, the artist paints from existing images and works on the effects of suspense, light and framing. He thus explores issues of memory and power.

Simulation was exhibited by the Pinault Collection during the "Qui a peur des artistes?" (“Who’s Afraid of Artists?”) show at the Palais des Arts in Dinard in 2009.