Born in Liège (BE), lives in Liège (BE).
Jacques Lizène (°1946, Ougrée, België) is one of the most productive members of the Liège artists’ collective CAP (Cercle d’Art Prospectif, ‘Circle of Prospective Art’), which also included Pierre Courtois, Jacques Lennep, Jacques-Louis Nyst and Jean-Pierre Ransonnet. In 1972–1982 they developed a considerable body of work that we would now call ‘relational’. Their outlook was reminiscent of the Fluxus movement, although Lizène characterises his own work as ‘Non-Fluxus’. Fluxus embraces life, but Lizène claims to be working against it, and does not hesitate to use his own person to prove this, having had a vasectomy performed at an early age.
Lizène sees his works as products put out by a virtual Institut de l’Art Stupide. They are ‘easy’, ‘unimportant’, even ‘ridiculous’. He rebels against many things, but especially against the values and attitudes of the elite art world. He wants all its institutions to suffer the agony of ridicule: the museum, the gallery and not least the artist. Lizène makes fun of all ‘serious’ aesthetic discourse that is in fact nothing but pretentious empty speech. That is why he presents itself as ‘a minor master from Liège from the second half of the 20th century’. Yet it is precisely this self-deprecation that brings Lizène the attention of the institutions against which he rebels.
Ultimately, the ‘fool’ Lizène belongs to the art world he ridicules, and he is well aware of this. The paradox of subversion – that any system can only be undermined from within – underpins his whole practice.
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Peinture à la manière féc...
Jacques Lizène, Peinture à la manière fécale, 1977. Dessin mediocre d'art syncretique, 1964. Olivier croisé sapin croisé palmier croisé cactus. Remake 2010 et projection vidéo. , 1964-2010. Mixed Media, mixed media, canvas, video projection, 200 x 150 cm.
144 tentatives de sourire...
Jacques Lizène, 144 tentatives de sourire... mais l'on sait le vécu quotidien de la plupart des individus, Accompagné de 881 tentatives de rire enregistrés sur cassette, tout d'une traite, 1974. Photography, 135 photographies nb, tirage argentique, marouflées sur carton, et cd audio, 9 x 73 x 61 cm .
Contraindre le corps à s’...
Jacques Lizène, Contraindre le corps à s’inscrire dans le cadre de la photo, 1971. Photography, 30 zwart-wit foto's, 76 x 89 cm.
Contraindre le corps à s...
Jacques Lizène, Contraindre le corps à s’inscrire dans le cadre, 1971. Photography, 7 dia.
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From Broodthaers to Braec...
06 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Through representative examples From Broodthaers to Braeckman. Photography in the Visual Arts in Belgium shows how the medium of photography
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
Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
Salon de Peinture
17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019.
For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the curren
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Belgische kunst [Belgian ...
With this promenade we’re staying right at home, with a look at Belgian art. In the M HKA collection we have works representing over 200 Belg
The Unstable Self
THE UNSTABLE SELF We thought of the Unstable Self while discussing the works of Jacques Lizène, Lucas Samaras and Douglas Gordon. Unl
SUPERDEMOCATIE / SUPERDEM...
The voices of citizens are heard louder than ever in parliaments all over the world, while the diversity of who and what these institutions r