Please note that more elements from Erna Hecey's archive concerning Jef Geys will shortly be uploaded to this page.


(b. 1934 in Sint-Leopoldsburg and died in 2018 in Genk, lived and worked in Balen, Belgium)


Jef Geys was 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 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.


Jef Geys 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.