The mosaic Dead Skull refers to Tuymans’ painting of the same name from 2002. This was based on the plaque commemorating the Antwerp painter Quinten Metsys on the façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady. With Dead Skull, Tuymans connects present with past, just as the MAS does. This is the first work by Tuymans to be permanently visible to the public.
This superb piece has no fewer than 96,569 stones in 11 different colours from all over the world. Their installation began during the winter of 2009, in freezing weather. Months later, during the summer of 2010, the last stone was fitted into place.
You can enjoy the best views of the mosaic from the Boulevard on the 5th floor.