Born in Antwerp (BE), lives in Antwerp (BE).
"I show my time. I make sets in such a way that reality, for a moment, can also be seen as a set."
Guillaume Bijl believes in the artist who interferes in the world and who enhances understanding of this world. He looks attentively at the world and he makes a move (when he turns an art-gallery into a car-driving school), he makes a shift, which enhances our understanding by enhancing our perception. Guillaume Bijl is bloody serious even realistic; he is alienating us by the ordinary; making gestures in the ordinary and alienation us from the ordinary by making it more ordinary; withholding the specific micro-meaning. Making the ordinary even more ordinary as in naturalist enterprise. It is sustainable because he believes it, it works. It’s about suppressing everything that can make the banal less banal. All of his works are about making a move, a factual gesture which stays in banality, complete immanence. Was there a relationship with Marcel Broodthaers? Broodthaers is more about the possibility of transcendence by poetics and mourning the loss of magic. The works of Guillaume Bijl are more naturalist descriptive enterprises.
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Guillaume Bijl, Projecten [Projects], 1977. Drawing, ink, paper, 13 x (30 x 40 cm).
235 Belangrijke en Minder...
Guillaume Bijl, 235 Belangrijke en Minder Belangrijke Foto's van de 2de helft van de 20e Eeuw. [235 Important and Less Important Photos from the 2nd half of the 20th Century.], 1986-1995. Installation, photo, paper, 235 x ( 26 x 19 cm).
Guillaume Bijl, CHAUSSURES Icécé, 1980. Mixed Media, ink, paper, paint, wood, variable dimensions.
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The collection XXVIII – I...
17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.
In the summer of 2011, the M HKA invited British artist Emily Wardill (°1977, Rugby) to make a selection of works from the collection, and to
The collection XXX – The ...
29 June 2012 - 16 September 2012.
Maarten Vanden Eynde’s project Museum of Forgotten History housed the remains of a possible future past. The exhibition took the form of fict
Guillaume Bijl - Projecte...
05 October 2012 - 20 January 2013.
"Society is not as idealistic as one imagines. That's also why I seriously question society, the civilisation in which we live. In the face o
Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
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Aanwinsten 2013 [Acquisit...
In 2013 the collection was reinforced by contributions from the international avant-garde active in our region in the Sixties and Seventies,
URBAN LANDSCAPE This notion came to our mind when pairing Chryssa, Guillaume Bijl and Johanna Kandl. Landscape is a term roote
Permanent Collection / F...
FROM FILLIOU TO BIJL: ART AS LIFE In the space adjacent to the lavatories, we present a number of artists from the collection who play wi
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"I remain essentially an anarchist and you have to be a bit of an anarchist to understand my work... and have a sense of humour. I am one hun