Born in Antwerp (Belgium), lives in Antwerp (Belgium).
Jef Cornelis (1941, Belgium, lives in Antwerp) worked for BRT, Belgian Radio and Television, from 1963 until 1998. He first made documentaries about architecture and urban planning, but from the late 1960s he produces many programmes about contemporary art, offering artists direct access to the television medium. His critical documentaries of large-scale exhibitions such as Harald Szeemann’s Documenta V (1972) are both invaluable documentation and subjectively authored statements. Cornelis also co-founds the A379089 art space in Antwerp, co-ordinated by German curator Kaspar König in 1969–1970, where James Lee Byars, Marcel Broodthaers and other internationally renowned artists stage significant projects.
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James Lee Byars, The Worl...
Jef Cornelis, James Lee Byars, The World Question Center, 1969. Film, single-channel video, b/w, sound, 01:02:06.
1964-1990 Jef Cornelis
Panamarenko, Yves Aupetitallot, Jef Cornelis, 1964-1990 Jef Cornelis, 1991. Book, ink, paper, 29.5 x 19.5 cm, 143 p, language : French, English, publisher : Espace Art Contemporain - Maison de la Culture et de la Communication, Saint-Etienne.
De Kleuren van de Geest (...
Jef Cornelis, De Kleuren van de Geest (The Colours of the Mind), 1997. Article, digital betacam , 00:42:39.
James Lee Byars, Antwerpe...
Jef Cornelis, James Lee Byars, Antwerpen 18 April - 7 Mei 1969, 1969. Video, single-channel video, b/w, sound, 00:32:30.
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The collection XXIX – Spi...
20 January 2012 - 29 April 2012.
Curated by Bart De Baere, Jan De Vree, Anders Kreuger (M HKA) en Charles Esche and Steven ten Thije (Van Abbe Museum) Spirits of In
The World Question Center
28 November 1969.
The World Question Center is a "performance" by James Lee Byars that was broadcasted live on Belgian television. Byars addressed a heterogene
Energy Flash – The Rave M...
17 June 2016 - 25 September 2016.
Rave culture from the 1980s and 1990s was Europe’s last big youth movement. During this period of radical social and political change, rave,
James Lee Byars – The Per...
05 October 2018 - 20 January 2019.
The nomadic performance and installation artist James Lee Byars (Detroit 1932 - Cairo 1997) challenged the post-war art world with a poetic a
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Het Transcendente [The Tr...
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals
The Circle / The Sphere
From early on in his artistic career Byars used geometric figures, especially circles and spheres because of their simplicity and their intri