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Guillaume Bijl

(b. 1946)


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(1946– )

Belgian installation artist, born in Antwerp. He works in the tradition of René Magritte and Marcel Broodthaers, questioning the identity of art with striking images. In 1979 he produced a manifesto, in terms which are ambiguous about how far he was being ironic, calling for the replacement of art centres by ‘useful’ activities. In the first of these a gallery became a garage. At documenta 9 in 1992 he created a shop-window display of waxwork figures from the history of the exhibition. At the Münster Sculpture Project of 2007 he staged a mock excavation of a Romanesque church, the spire of which, complete with weathercock, had been uncovered and was visible from above. An exhibition in Ghent in 2008 consisted of a series of ‘museums’, including a collection of lederhosen supposedly belonging to deceased celebrities such as the conductor Herbert von Karajan.

Subjects: Art.


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