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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Zwarte wijze (stempel)
Jef Lambrecht, Zwarte wijze (stempel). Mail Art, paper, ink (printing), 10 x 15 cm.
Rubenshuis, Leerstoel Van...
Karel Schoetens, Jef Lambrecht, Rubenshuis, Leerstoel Van Dyck, 1985. Performance, gevonden zetel.
Knipsel 'meer dan dekorat...
Jef Lambrecht, Knipsel 'meer dan dekoratie', 1986. Article, paper, ink (printing), ca 40 x 30 cm.
Reichstag im Negligé - G...
Christo , Jef Lambrecht, Reichstag im Negligé - General Views, 1995. Photography, paper, emulsion, 10 x 15 cm.
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Bernd Lohaus – Fremdkörpe...
30 June 2015 - 26 July 2015.
THIRD PRESENTATION 30.06→26.07.2015 Von der Wiederholung der Träume zur Realität As the title suggests, this third (and final) pr
Ah, Monsieur est Persan...
04 September 1999 08:00 - 29 September 1999.
The exhibition " Ah-ah, Monsieur est Persan! C'est une chose bien extraordinaire! Comment peut-on être Persan? - Jef Lambrecht licht een tip
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
Museum of Modern Art / Te...
31 December 1983 - 01 January 1984.
Installation of a temporary Museum of Modern Art around the foundation stone laid in 1970 - Installatie van een provisorisch Museum voor Mode
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COLLAGES JEF LAMBRECHT
Collage forms a major part of the diverse (inter)media which Jef Lambrecht used, from large formats to small folded pieces...
SNC - Saint Nicholas Chap...
Organization founded by Jef Lambrecht in december 1987 to represent Saint Nicholas.
La Lanterne de Lantin
Launched on the 8th of March 1989, this monthly flyer was conceived to be a shared information channel, with various editors and themes... it