Talk Series Guillaume Bijl
Guillaume Bijl is here in Iceland for his first visit and will on that occasion give lectures on his art and career at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús and at The Iceland Academy of the Arts. He will also show an installation at Mengi art space at Odinsgata 2.
Bijl (born 1946, in Antwerp) is a Belgian installation artist. He is a self-taught artist with background in theater. From the second half of the 1970s he started to create spatial objects and was researching in finding alternatives for conceptual art. Bijl’s first installation was a driving school, set in a gallery-space in Antwerp in 1979, accompanied by a manifesto calling for the abolition of art centers, and replacing them with ‘socially useful institutions’.
Reflections about his work:
“I can split my work up into different groups:
Transformation installations: A reality within non-reality.
Situation installations: A non-reality within reality.
Compositions: Contemporary, archaeological still life.
Sorries: A form of absurd poetry.
In recent years I have also made a lot of installations about cultural tourism.
In general my work is often about public perception. I create installations within my fictional reality: a sort of situation.
The social aspect of my work is to reveal the archaeology of our time, but now. (Ironic, with humour and in a tragic-comedic manner).”
Guillaume Bijl, 2006
The TALK Series is a collaborative project between the Icelandic Art Center, Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Reykjavík Art Museum. Since the year 2012 artists, thinkers and curators have been invited to Iceland to teach, talk and get to know the local art scene.