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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Back from paradise -LdL
Jef Lambrecht, Back from paradise -LdL, 1989. Poster, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 cm.
LdL Zending Mongolië
Jef Lambrecht, LdL Zending Mongolië . Mail Art, paper, ink (printing) pen, A3, var A6.
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.
LayOut anniversary booklet
Jef Lambrecht, LayOut anniversary booklet, 1989. Maquette, paper, ink (printing), A3/ 42x30 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
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
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
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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MONOCULTURE - COLONIALISM
Colonialism The term colony comes from the Latin word colonus, meaning farmer. Colonialism is a practice of domination, involving the subjug
Onderzoek Jonge Jaren JL
Research project 'Young Years 1948 -1967' – first partial publication In September 2021 it will be five years since journalist, wri
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