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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Jef Lambrecht, Fragment: bomkoffer, 1985. Article, paper, ink (printing), ca 30 x 40 cm.
Rubenshuis, Leerstoel Van...
Jef Lambrecht, Karel Schoetens, Rubenshuis, Leerstoel Van Dyck, 1985. Performance, gevonden zetel.
Zending M.O.M. Druk België
Jef Lambrecht, Johan van Geluwe, Zending M.O.M. Druk België, 1989. Letter, paper, ink (printing), A4 var..
Compact Déclaration De De
Jef Lambrecht, Compact Déclaration De De. Book, paper, ink (printing) paint, A5 var.
Events View all
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.
Minuit in New York
01 December 1984 - 22 December 1984.
Exhibition and activity series by the Belgian Institute for World Affairs (BIWA Karel Schoetens & Jef Lambrecht) in New York City concern
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
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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Belgian Institute for Wor...
Founded by Karel Schoetens and Jef Lambrecht in 1982, broken up & re-launched 1986 and disbanded in 1992.
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
Halensee (Pope of) is a fictional figure first used by Paul Van Ostayen (Ostaijen) and appropriateb by Jef Lambrecht for the 'canonization of