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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Throne of Halensee
Jef Lambrecht, Karel Schoetens, Throne of Halensee, 1990. Object, wood, paint, gold marker, candles, ca. 75 x 55 x 60 cm .
LdL Zending Mongolië
Jef Lambrecht, LdL Zending Mongolië . Mail Art, paper, ink (printing) pen, A3, var A6.
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13 June 1992 - 20 September 1992.
The 9th edition of Documenta was curated by Jan Hoet and had no general theme or title. Read an article about the exhibition.
Von der Wiederholung der ...
18 October 1991 - 23 November 1991.
Group show enttled "Von der Wiederholung der Träume zur Realität" - Kunst aus Belgien - curated by Ulli Lindmayr at Galerie Grita Insam, Vien
Drie Wijzen / Zwarte Wijze
Drie Wijzen / Zwarte Wijze AK-37 Original version of the 'three magi/black magus' exhibition in the cellar of AK-37, which could easily p
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PMF - Peter Minuit Founda...
Organisation emerging from the Belgian Institute for World Affairs (BIWA) and "Novum Belgium" or Nova Belgica, merging into the Peter Minuit
Occasional Paper, or other medium, by Jef Lambrecht - grown out of the LdL / Orgaan tradition, it functions as information channel as well as
Nova Belgica / Novum Belg...
Novum Belgium / Nova Belgica Established under the name Belgian Institute for World Affairs on the first of April 1982, Reorganizatio