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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Composition Trouvée (Romm...
Guillaume Bijl, Composition Trouvée (Rommelmarkt), 1988. Installation, mixed media, 75 x 220 x 230 cm.
Guillaume Bijl - Passages...
Guillaume Bijl, Guillaume Bijl - Passages - "An intro to creative visualization", 1989. Book, ink, paper, 21 x 14.9 cm, 59 p., published by Stichting Kunst en Projecten vzw, Zedelgem, series : Passages, nr. 3/1, idea/concept/layout by Guillaume Bijl.
Project - notities [Proje...
Guillaume Bijl, Project - notities [Project Notes], 1969-1975. Drawing, ink, paper.
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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
De Verzameling II en een ...
30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.
'De Verzameling II' showed a selection of the M HKA collection. Artists: Ulay & Marina Abramovic, Guillaume Bijl, Jean Marie Bijtebie
EXTRA MUROS: Visite Borne...
03 May 2014 - 25 May 2014.
Under the umbrella term Visite, the M HKA – in collaboration with LOCUS, the hub for libraries, cultural and community centres and local cult
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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= reality in unreality In the Transformation Installations Guillaume Bijl transforms the neutral setting of an art gallery or museum into a
URBAN LANDSCAPE This notion came to our mind when pairing Chryssa, Guillaume Bijl and Johanna Kandl. Landscape is a term roote
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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