press release

Jef Geys Kempens Informatieblad 26.01.–24.03.2019 Opening: Friday, 25. January, 7pm

Welcome: Nicole Nowak (Executive director) Introduction: Nadja Quante (Artistic director), Gloria Hasnay and Moritz Nebenführ (curators)

We cordially invite you and your friends!

The exhibition Kempens Informatieblad presents the first comprehensive overview of the eponymous newspaper by the Belgian artist Jef Geys (1934–2018). The former local advertisement paper was taken over by Geys in 1971 and served as the preferred medium for the distribution, discussion and documentation of his artistic practice. The occasion for publication usually coincided with his exhibitions, which Geys contextualized and expanded through the newspaper. The more than fifty issues of the Kempens Informatieblad form an information system directed, produced and edited by the artist himself. It plays a key role in his work and enables insight into the history of his life, art and exhibitions.

Jef Geys lived and worked in the Flemish town of Balen in the Campine region. From this peripheral position, he developed a multifaceted artistic practice characterized by conceptual strategies, local engagement, socio-political motivations and a critique of institutional authorities inside and outside the art world. His work gained international attention through his participation in Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997), Documenta 11 (2002) and the Venice Biennial (2009), amongst others. The exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bremen is the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany since 2001.

Curated by Gloria Hasnay and Moritz Nebenführ in collaboration with Nadja Quante

Accompanying programme

Wednesday, 27 February
6 pm Curator's tour with Gloria Hasnay and Moritz Nebenführ
7 pm Presentation and discussion of current artist magazine formats with InterCity (Hamburg), muss sterben (Munich/Hannover) and The Critical Ass (Vienna/Berlin)

Wednesday, 20 March, 6 pm
Guided tour with Dr. Anne Thurmann-Jajes (Head of Centre for Artists' Publications in the Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen) and Nadja Quante