Ger van Elk

Ger van Elk (1941)

Woont in Amsterdam. Werkt in Amsterdam.

Ger van Elk is considered to be one of the pioneers of conceptual art. Averse to conventions, Van Elk experimented with many different media and frequently collaborated with fellow artists, including William Leavitt, Allen Rupersberg and John Baldessari and Bas Jan Ader among others. In 1969 he participated in the groundbreaking exhibitions When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern and Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en Cryptostructuren at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; the latter still counts as the introduction of conceptual art in The Netherlands. Van Elk realized at a young age that “theory was nothing but a construct, a work of artifice”, after his mother remarried and he had to become Catholic instead of Protestant overnight. It proved to be a crucial moment for his art practice, the insight that truth is not truthful and that one theory is always interchangeable with another. In his witty and radical work, Van Elk analyzed the role of the artist, explored the question of authorship and originality and examined the dubious relationship between image, imagination and reality. Ger van Elk tried to disrupt the established art world one artwork at a time.

Amsterdam - Nederland, Amsterdam - Nederland, New York - USA


After studying at the Institute for Applied Arts from 1959 to 1961 in Amsterdam, Ger van Elk (1941– 2014, Amsterdam, NL) moved to Los Angeles in 1961, where his father was working at the time. He attended the Immaculate Heart College, where his long time friend Bas Jan Ader joined him the following year. Van Elk’s work from that period, across a wide range of mediums, often draws humorous parallels between Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Van Elk’s work had been exhibited in numerous international museum and gallery exhibition such as Museum of Modern Art, New York (US); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (US). Recent exhibitions include La Casa Encendida, Madrid (SP), The Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) and the Art Institute of Chicago (US). His work can be found in many institutions and museums around the world such as Fondazione Prada, Milan (IT); Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice (IT); Tate, London (UK); Museum of Modern Art, New York (US); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL).

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1941 – 2014 Lived and worked in Amsterdam (NL) Education 1965-1966 Art History, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (NL) 1961-1963 Art History, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA (US) 1959-1961 Art and Design College, Amsterdam (NL) (Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs, now Rietveld Academie) Awards 2004 Oeuvreprijs voor de beeldende kunst, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam (NL) 1996 J.C. van Lanschot Prijs voor Beeldende Kunst (NL) 1983 David Röell-Prijs (NL) Selected Solo Exhibitions 2019 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) [Forthcoming] …Therefore, Art is Splendid, GRIMM, New York, NY (US) 2017 Bearable Lightness of Being, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) Ger van Elk, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) 2016 Ger van Elk: The Well Shaven Cactus, 1970, GAM, Turin (IT) Ger van Elk, Markus Lüttgen, Düsseldorf (DE) 2015 The Horizon and Beyond, Borzo, Amsterdam (NL) Ger van Elk – L’Art Conceptuel, LAC, Sigean (FR) 2014 The Terribly Good Art of Ger van Elk, Kunstverein München, Munich (DE) Flatscreens, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) 2012 As Is, As Was/As Was, As Is, GRIMM and Borzo, Amsterdam (NL) Ger van Elk, curated by Gijs van Tuyl, Gallery Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (CH) 2011 Conclusions, BORZO, Amsterdam (NL) 2009 Een Keuze Vanaf 1966, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) 2008 ONE ON ONE. 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PUSH NOSE BALANCE SCULPTURE., Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL) 2007 Momenten van Luciditeit, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) 2005 Ger van Elk, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) 2004 Der Abschied, ein bewegter Punkt am Horizont / A farewell, a Moving Point on the Horizon, Galerie M, Bochum (DE) 2002 Het Flatscreenprojekt, 7 Filmische Gedichten, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, Hedge House, Wijlre (NL) and Galerie Durand Dessert, Paris (FR) 2001 Ger van Elk, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) 2000 Der Horizont von Rotterdam, Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Galerie Jirí Švestka, Prague (CZ) 1999 Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) Ger van Elk, De horizon, een Geestelijk Verschiet/The Horizon, a Mental Perspective, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL) Ger van Elk, Speurtocht naar een Horizon/Search for a Horizon, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Ger van Elk, De Cadillac en de Non/The Cadillac and the Nun, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL) 1997 Horizonte-Seestücke, Bochum Kunstvermittlung, Bochum (DE) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) 1996 4 standpunten van het Kinselmeer, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Le Quartier, Quimper (FR) 1995 Galerie Ardi Poels, Maastricht (NL) 1994 Galerie In Situ / Ardi Poels, Maastricht (NL) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) 1993 Sandwiches, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Sandwiches, Centre d'Art Contemporain, D.R.A.C. de Clermont Ferrand, Clermont Ferrand (FR) 1991 Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (NL) Art & Project/Van Krimpen, Rotterdam (NL) 1990 Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Une Nuit dans un Chalet Suisse, Art & Project, Slootdorp (NL) 1989 portret H.M. de Koningin voor Vergaderzaal Raad van State, Mauritshuis, The Hague (NL) 1988 Perspective Fruit Pieces 1988, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) De la nature des genres/ Von der Natur des Genres/ On the Nature of Genre, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble - Magasin, Grenoble (FR) Kunstverein, Düsseldorf (DE) Massimo Minini, Brescia (IT) 1987 Portretten, Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Sept pièces dans la tradition de l'autoportrait, Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) DRAC de Lorraine, Metz (FR) Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) 1986 Five Dutch Landscapes, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Massimo Minini, Brescia (IT) 1985 Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) 1984 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (US) Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) 1983 Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Modern Flowers of 1982, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Plus-Kern, Brussels (BE) Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (US) 1982 Serpentine Gallery, London (UK) Arnolfini, Bristol (UK) Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Recent painting and sculpture and a selection of earlier work, Jean Bernier, Athens (GR) 1981 Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (UK) 1980 Lucio Amelio, Naples (IT) Nederlands Paviljoen, 39e Biennale, Venice (IT) Kunsthalle, Basel (CH) Op 't tweede gezicht (Russian Diplomacy), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (FR) 1979 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd, London (UK) 1978 Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) Hansen-Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, CA (US) 1977 Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (DE) Kunstverein, Brunswick (DE) The Missing Persons, Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (DE) 1976 Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd, London (UK) 1975 Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels (BE) The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven (DE) Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd, London (UK) 1974 Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd, London (UK) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 1973 Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL) Galerie Ernst, Hannover (DE) Wide White Space, Antwerp (BE) Wide White Space / Le Bailli, Brussels (BE) Claire S. Copley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) 1972 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Mezzanine Gallery, Halifax (CA) About the Reality of G. Morandi (en andere werken), Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven (DE) 1971 Paul Klee-Um den Fisch, 1926, Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) Three works by Ger van Elk Made this Spring in California, USA, Art & Project, Amsterdam (US, NL) 1970 How Van Elk Inflates his Left Foot with his Right One, Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) 1969 Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving, 's-Hertogenbosch (with Boezem en Dibbets) (NL) 1968 Galerie Swart, Amsterdam (with Boezem en Dibbets) (NL) 1966 Plestik Plastieken, Galerie Swart, Amsterdam (NL) 1965 Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis, Groningen (NL) 1962 Adynamische Werken, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (NL) Selected Group Exhibitions 2019 Manzoni in Holland, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (NL) [Forthcoming] Freedom, the fifty key Dutch artworks since 1968, curated by Hans Den Hartog Jager, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL) 2018 Out of Office, Singer Laren, Laren (NL) In-house exhibition, curated by Jorg Grimm, Manifesta, Amsterdam (NL) Gerrit turns 50, Willem only 28, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL) Traces, Kasteel Wijlre, Wijlre (NL) De Line Up: De Kracht van tekenen, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL) Amsterdam Magisch Centrum, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Forever Young? Impermanence in Photography, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 Humor, Frans Hals Museum de Hallen, Haarlem (NL) 2015 Animals in Art – Collectie De Heus-Zomer, Museum Nairac, Barneveld (NL) In Search Of… Ger van Elk and Bas Jan Ader, GRIMM, Frans Halsstraat Amsterdam (NL) Broken Landscapes, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (NL) Spiegeloog, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem (NL) Silence out Loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (NL) 2014 Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE) Bad Thoughts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Photo Stories, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (NL) Resonance(s), Maison Particuliere, Brussels (BE) Broken Landscapes, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (DE) 2013 Ik hou van Holland. Nederlandse kunst na 1945, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (NL) When Attitudes Become Form, Fondazione Prada, Venice (IT) Cobra tot Dumar. Collectie de Heus-Zomer, Singer Laren (NL) Double Dutch, Richard Saltoun, London (UK) 2012 Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies, Whitney Museum for American Art, New York, NY (US) Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Mapping the Horizon, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) A Dutch Landscape, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (ES) Light Years: Conceptual art and the Photograph, 1964-1977, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (US) It Happened in Pomona, Art at the edge of Los Angeles, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (US) State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, touring exhibition: Morris and Hellen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (US), SITE, Santa Fe (US) and Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (US) 2011 Taking Place, Stedellijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Weltsichten, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel (DE) 2010 Weltsichten, Situation Kunst Bochum (DE) 2009 Henri-Edmond Cross & Ger van Elk, Musée Malraux, Le Havre (FR) In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960 – 1976, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) 2006 Continuum, Biennale d'art contemporain, Musée Malraux, Le Havre (FR) PLUG IN, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL) Summertime, Galerie m, Bochum (DE) 2005 A Guest + a Host = a Ghost, Hedge House, Wijlre (NL) Vertiges, Printemps de septembre, Toulouse (FR) Dutch Pop Art & the Sixties, Cobra museum, Amstelveen (NL) Territoria, Art from the Netherlands, Prato and the Bisenzio Valley (IT) Le Néo-impressionisme, de Seurat à Paul Klee, Musée d’Orsay, Paris (FR) 2004 Museum de Arte Contemporanea, Vigo (ES) Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE (US) Grenzüberscheitung, Galerie m Bochum (DE) The Last Picture Show – Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (US) UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US) 2003 The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982, Curated by Douglas Fogle of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (US) Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US) Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo (ES) Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE (US) 2002 Conceptuele Kunst 1965-1975 uit Nederlandse en Belgische collecties, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 2001 Blue Moon. Vanuit de Beweging, Groninger Museum, Groningen (NL) 1999 World Wide Video Festival, Flash, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 1996 20 Jaar Verzamelen, Tentoonstelling van de Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Stroomgeest, Bentveld (NL) Landscapes, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (US) 1995 Openingstentoonstelling MAC, Marseille (FR) Reconsidering the object of art: 1965-1975, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (US) Du Paysage Incertain, Vergule Fragment, Centre d'art contemporain de Vassiviere, Limousin (FR) Sculpturen Uit de Collectie van Marlies en Jo Eyck, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL) 1994 Du Concept a l'image, Art Pays-Bas XX Siècle Arc, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (FR) Wide White Space, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (BE) Het Gedicht, Grote Kerk, The Hague (NL) 1993 Tutte le strade portano a Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma, Rome (IT) Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, een Keuze van Robert Wilson, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) 1992 Nouvelle Espace, Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) The Comfort Zone, The Living Room, Amsterdam (NL) Uit tijd Geplukt - Bloemen in Beeldende Kunst en Poëzie, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden (NL) Concept/Construct: Photography in Los Angeles Art, 1960-1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (US) Les Extrêmes se Touchent, Institut Néerlandais, Paris (FR) Zomer 1992, Art & Project, Slootdorp (NL) 1991 Art 22 '91’, Basel (Stand Art & Project, Slootdorp) (CH) L.A. 70-75, Gallery Christine Burgin, New York, NY (US) Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (US) 1990 Collection Stéphane et Georges Uhoda, Portrait d'une Collection d'Art contemporain, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi (BE) Picturale - een keuze uit de Rijksaankopen 1984-1989, Noordbrabants Museum, ’s- Hertogenbosch (NL) Vies d’Artistes, Musée des Beaux-Arts André Malraux, Le Havre (FR) 1988 Nature Mortes, Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) De Kunstcollectie van het Bouwfonds, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 1987 Hollands Landschap, Museum Overholland, Amsterdam (NL) L'Epoque, la Mode, la Morale, la Passion, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR) Photography and Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (US) 1986 Collection des oeuvres photographiques du FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims (FR) Troyes Paysages Contemporains, Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels (BE) Paris Terrae Motus 2, Fondazione Amelio, Naples (IT) Sonsbeek 86, Arnhem (NL) 1985 Oeuvres sur Papier, Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) Een Keuze/Eine Auswahl, KunstRai 85, Amsterdam (NL) Wat Amsterdam Betreft... As far as Amsterdam Goes, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 1984 An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) Collectie Becht, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) De Nederlandse Identiteit in de Kunst na 1945, Rijksmuseum Van Gogh, Amsterdam (NL) 1983 Modern Dutch Painting, Athens, XVIIe Biennale, Sao Paulo (BR) Art & Project, Amsterdam (NL) 1982 ‘60-'80 Attitudes/Concepts/Images, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Amsterdam '60/'80, Twintig jaar Beeldende Kunst, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (NL) Documenta 7, Kassel (DE) 1981 Portrait de Nicéphore en Tant que Peintre, Maison de la Culture, Chalon sur Saône (FR) 1980 Spoleto Artist and Camera, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (UK) City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
 DLI Museum and Arts Center, Durham Cartwright Hall, Bradford (UK) België - Nederland/Knooppunten en Parallellen in de Kunst na 1945, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (BE) Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Kunst in Europa na '68...’, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst + Centrum voor Kunst en Cultuur, Gent Incontri, Ghent (BE) 1979 Concept Narrative Document/Recent Photographic Works from the Morton Neumann Family Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (US) With a Certain Smile, InK, Halle für internationale neue Kunst, Zürich (CH) European Dialogue/The Third Biennale of Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (AU) 1978 La Biennale di Venezia 38, Venice (IT) Door Beeldhouwers Gemaakt, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) 1977 Hét Holland Müvész, Museum Mücsarnok, Boedapest Documenta 6, Kassel (DE)
 Europe in the Seventies: Aspects of Recent Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (US)
 1976 Reflektie en Realiteit, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussel (BE) Reflection and Reality, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (UK) Art & Project at the 9th Floor, Fine Arts Building, New York, NY (US) 1974 Word/Works, Mount San Antonio College Art Gallery, Walnut, CA (US) 1972 Documenta 5, Kassel (DE) 1971 Sonsbeek Buiten de Perken, Park Sonsbeek etc., Arnhem (NL) Prospect Projektion, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (DE) 1970 Between Man and Matter/10e Biennale Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo (JP) 1969 Op Losse Schroeven/Situaties en Cryptostructuren, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Verborgene Strukturen, Museum Folkwang, Essen (DE) When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle, Bern (CH) Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld (DE) Intstitute of Contemporary Art, Londen (UK) 1968 Rassegna d'Arti Figurative, Arsenali, Amalfi (IT) Junge Kunst aus Holland, Kunsthalle, Bern (CH)
 1967 Signalement 67, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Collections Abn Amro Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) Aegon Kunstcollectie, The Hague (NL) Buitenplaats Kasteel Wijlre, Wijlre (NL) Collectie Brecht, Naarden (NL) Collection Liliane and Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (FR) De Heus-Zomer Collection, Barneveld (NL) François Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art, Venice (IT) Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem (NL) Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague (NL) Goldman Sachs, London (UK) Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam (NL) Huis Marseille museum voor fotografie, Amsterdam (NL) ING Collection, Amsterdam (NL) Kunstcollectie KPN, The Hague (NL) Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (NL) Lisser Art Museum, Sassenheim (NL) Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY (US) Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden Musée de Peinture, Grenoble (FR) Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Museum voor Religieuze Kunst (MRK), Uden National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AU) National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh (UK) Rabobank Collection, Utrecht (NL) Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (NL) Rijksmuseum Twenthe (RMT), Enschede (NL) Sanders Collection, Haarlem (NL) Schiphol Kunstcollectie, Schiphol (NL) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent (BE) Tate Modern, London (UK) The Brecht Collection, Naarden (NL) TNT Post Kunstcollectie, The Hague (NL) Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)