Canonisation of Vincent van Gogh
Belgian Institute for World Affairs (dpt. E), Antwerpen / Amsterdam
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 record amounts (specifically the sale of the 'Irises' was noted, partially due to the anonymity of the Japanese consortium that bought it, but also in terms of the discussion surrounding public inaccessibility) that year the academy in Antwerp saw fit to install a commemorative plaque on their gate, reminding all of the ill fated couple of weeks he spent there... To underline this hypocrisy the Belgian Institute for World Affairs (especially dept. Ear) introduced proceedings to canonise the artist and offer him a posthumous diploma...
The night of the 30 th of March to 1st of April (BIWA-anniversary) the Pope of Halensee ( borrowed from Paul Van Ostayen's excommunication of Joostens) declared the artist beatific in a double ceremony at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Antwerp academy... ( later that day, a sunny sunday fit for a family outing... Assisted by various well-wishers from local and international art-operatives...)
On the 24 th of April there followed a ceremony during a Van Gogh exhibition whereby 15 professors of the academy as well as the director signed the posthumous diploma, thereby making the artist ( finally) professional....
For these ceremonies various works and attributes were made, like the throne of the Pope of Halensee (the throne to make all thrones tremble) as well as an Iris chair, flower arrangements and fake van Gogh paintings, sunflower plantation etc....
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Lanterne de Lantin / dipl...
Jef Lambrecht, Lanterne de Lantin / diploma VvG, 1990. Poster, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 cm.
Halensee Steeds Droevig
Jef Lambrecht, Halensee Steeds Droevig. Poster, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 cm.
details video Canonisatie...
Jef Lambrecht, Karel Schoetens, Wout Vercammen, Angel Vergara, details video Canonisatie Vincent van Gogh, 1991. Photography, photographic paper, emulsion, 10 x 15.
O.I. Jaunes de Van Gogh
Jef Lambrecht, O.I. Jaunes de Van Gogh. Poster, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 cm.
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Canonization of Vincent van Gogh Around the anniversary year (of the artist's death) the prices for his work reached record amounts (spec
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Institutions The artistic activities of Jef Lambrecht are spread over various 'institutions' – of which some lasted longer than oth
Halensee (Pope of) is a fictional figure first used by Paul Van Ostayen (Ostaijen) and appropriateb by Jef Lambrecht for the 'canonization of