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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Zending M.O.M. Druk België
Johan van Geluwe, Jef Lambrecht, Zending M.O.M. Druk België, 1989. Letter, paper, ink (printing), A4 var..
Back from paradise -LdL
Jef Lambrecht, Back from paradise -LdL, 1989. Poster, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 cm.
Wout Vercammen - Art is a...
Panamarenko, Jef Lambrecht, Guy Bleus, Wout Vercammen, Wout Vercammen - Art is a Trick, 1995. Book, ink, paper, 23.5 x 17 cm, 69 p., language : Dutch, publisher : Kunstcentrum Il Ventuno/Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, ISBN : 90-6685148-1.
Vroeg werk, schilderij
Jef Lambrecht, Vroeg werk, schilderij. Painting, paint, canvas, ca 30 x 22 cm.
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21 July 1983.
Belgium being declared a work of Art by the Belgian Institute for World Affairs at the Royal Palace in Laeken aside from the directors of B
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
Some of the exhibitions that also figure as performance, installation, happening, depending on your point of view jef Lambrecht liked to blur
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Halensee (Pope of) is a fictional figure first used by Paul Van Ostayen (Ostaijen) and appropriateb by Jef Lambrecht for the 'canonization of
MONOCULTURE - ARTWORKS
Artists include: Hannah Höch, Lovis Corinth, Karl Hofer, George Grosz, Carol Rama, Werner Peiner, Belgian Institute for World Affairs, Joseph