Artist

Jef Geys

Born in Leopoldsburg, 1934 and lives in Leopoldsburg, Belgium

Geys is known for his photography, painting, sculpture, films, installation art, publishing activities, and experimentation in art education.
Geys is known for the strong social and political motives of his work. He is perhaps best known for his proposal to blow up the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (KMSKA) Museum in Antwerp in 1971 at the end of his solo exhibition held there.
In a letter to the Minister of Culture from November 1970, which was published later in the catalog Ooidonk 78, Geys described his plans about the explosion of the KMSKA as follows: “Departing from the idea that every society, authority, institution, organization, person, etc. includes the seeds of its own destruction, the first and most important task of every society, authority, etc. in my opinion is to recognize, isolate and neutralize these seeds. The most efficient way to achieve all this then seems to me to systematically, scientifically and deliberately set about the problem. […] So I would like to start a project, which, if executed, would result in the destruction of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten.”

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Take Me I’m Yours
After having become, for its reopening in October 2014, Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory, then...
16 Sep 2015 - 08 Nov 2015
Monnaie de Paris
Exhibitions
Jef Geys: San Michele
Galerie Max Mayer announces the exhibition San Michele by Jef Geys (*1934). Following the records of...
02 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
Galerie Max Mayer
Exhibitions
Take Me (I’m Yours) at Pirelli HangarBicocca
Curated by Roberta Tenconi in collaboration with Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara...
07 Nov 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
Pirelli HangarBicocca
Exhibitions
The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit
“A Low-Hanging Fruit” is the second edition of the Lulennial. Co-curated by Los Angeles-based writer...
06 Feb 2018 - 01 Apr 2018
Lulu
Art Spaces
Max Mayer
Galleries in Düsseldorf