B. 1934 in Sint-Leopoldsburg, died in 2018.
Jef Geys is one of Belgium’s foremost artists, known for his critical approach to institutions and talent for evading easy classification. Since appearing on the art scene in the 60s, Geys has conceived his entire oeuvre as an evolving project combining a conceptual attitude, educational activity and formal experimentation. His work deals with themes related to social, political, and economic fields, and is marked by its critical intelligence.
!Women’s Questions? (1965 – present) began as a series of socio-political questions hanging on the wall in Geys’ classroom where in the 1960s he was teaching art at a local vocational school for girls. From a contemporary perspective, the work highlights the feminist movement’s successes and failures over the past forty years. The original Flemish has been translated into numerous languages, including English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Bulgarian and Arabic.
Jef Geys has exhibited in many important institutions around the world, including the WIELS, Brussels (2017); Kunsthal Charlottenborg , Copenhagen ( 2016 ) ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2010); National Museum of Singapore, Singapore (2009); IAC Lyon Villeurbanne (2007); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2007); Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (2005); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2004); documenta 11 (2002); Skulptur Projekte Münster, Munster, (1997); Le Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1992); and São Paulo Biennial (1991). Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (2017); La Loge, Brussels (2017); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2015).
He participated in “The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit” at Lulu, Mexico City, (2018); was represented in the Belgian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy (2009), and participated in “Deep Comedy” show at Marfa, 2007, curated by Dan Graham with Sylvia Chivaratanond.
Ink on Tyfek paper
700 x 137,5 cm