Jef Geys

16 Jun - 09 Sep 2012

© Jef Geys
The Shadows of Lisbon
Curator: Miguel Wandschneider
16 June - 9 September 2012

A leading artist in his own country and a cult figure in select circles of the international art world, Jef Geys (Leopoldsburg, Belgium, 1934) participated in the São Paulo Biennial in 1991, in the Kassel Documenta in 2002 and the Venice Biennale in 2009, in this latter case representing Belgium. Nonetheless, he remains an artist who is little known internationally. This situation can be explained, firstly, by his is extremely idiosyncratic work, impossible to fit into successive artistic circumstances, but also by the way in which, right from the launch of his career at the end of the 1950s, he began building a position of radical independence and freedom in relation to the forces of the art world (the market and the institutional system) and the rules of the game established within this context. This exhibition boldly presents the work of an artist who is unknown in Portugal in the form of a new project.

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