1948 - 2016
Born in Avelgem (BE), died in Antwerpen (BE).
Journalist, essayist, painter, performer, conceptual artist and lots more, Jef Lambrecht is known to a wider public mainly as a radio presenter and through of his books on the Middle East, but has over the years produced a significant body of artistic work. His estate now serves as an archival case study at the CKV center for Art Archives Flanders.
Typical for his oeuvre is the use of recuperated materials; the fluid and fleeting character of his interventions and collaborations with other artists under various guises and all but imaginary institutions – a reinterpretation of the 'white art’ of the Dutch Provo scene and the ’68 generation; material being used freely by various players, giving power to the imagination: Original being imaginary.
Jef Lambrecht combines found material on a personal level and creates unexpected connections. His penchant for repetitions, the endlessly reproducible image, but also time and location are important: Combining historical investigations with contemporary snapshots, everything becomes relative, spiced with humorous distain and individuality. Large gestures and miniscule observations, all formats are legitimate and every intervention has multiple layers.
Best known to an artistic crowd are the exploits of the “Belgian Institute for World Affairs” founded by Jef Lambrecht and Karel Schoetens in 1982, and which declared Belgium as artwork, as well as a memorable raft-trip from Amsterdam to Antwerp with Anti-Smoke Magician Robert Jasper Grootveld.
Aside from numerous books on the Middle East and his artistic interventions, Jef Lambrecht was also a prolific essayist and art critic, writing catalog texts and participating in the production of various documentaries for television.
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Lavage de Drapeau (invite)
Jef Lambrecht, Lavage de Drapeau (invite), 1989. Print, paper, ink (printing), 10 x 15 cm.
Zwarte Wijze (Casper?)
Jef Lambrecht, Zwarte Wijze (Casper?), 1994. Poster, paper, ink (printing), ca. 120 x 85.
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Canonisation of Vincent v...
01 April 1990 - 24 April 1990.
Canonization of Vincent van Gogh Around the anniversary year (of the artist's death) the prices for his work reached re
First Museum Modern Art
31 December 1983 - 01 January 1984.
Installation of a temporary Museum of Modern Art around the foundation stone laid in 1970 - happening with live art-production by (among othe
Combiné 6 Ty van Oktober
06 October 1985 - 24 October 1985.
Combiné 6 - Tij van Oktober... Exhibition "Novum Belgium" (formerly Belgian Intitute for World Affairs) with Johan van Geluwe ( Museum of
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MONOCULTURE - COLONIALISM
Colonialism The term colony comes from the Latin word colonus, meaning farmer. Colonialism is a practice of domination, involving the subjug
Teken-ing - JL
Jef Lambrecht always drew... by his own account beginning with copies of comic strips in the newspaper – His drawings are as with most of his
TravelsJL Travel is important in Jef Lambrecht's work – he travelled widely and himself noted that it was the train that passed by the ba