Working on common ground with an overlapping sensibility towards a self-conscious play on art history and investigating the construction of representation, Ader and Van Elk have been a major influence on their contemporaries, but also on many artists working today. They have played a key role in the development of conceptual art internationally.
The exhibition includes well known works by Bas Jan Ader, such as Iím too sad to tell you and the installation Please donít leave me and will also show various unique studies and vintage photographs.
Ger van Elkís iconic 16mm film works as well as an installation and various vintage photographs are included, such as the Co-founder of the word O.K. and Little man behind the door.Ger van Elk (1941 - 2014)
After studying at the Institute for Applied Arts from 1959 to 1961 in Amsterdam, Ger van Elk 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. Ger van Elkís work from that period, across a wide range of mediums, often draws humorous parallels between Amsterdam and Los Angeles.
Ger van Elkís work had been exhibited in numerous international museum and gallery exhibition such as MoMa, New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Recent exhibitions include La Casa Encendida, Madrid, The KrŲller-MŁller Museum, Otterlo and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work can be found in many institutions and museums around the world such as Fondazione Prada, Milan, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Tate, London, MoMa, New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.Bas Jan Ader (1942 - 1975)
Bas Jan Ader was born in Winschoten, the Netherlands and lived in Los Angeles for the last twelve years of his life. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Otis Art Institute in 1965 and his Master of Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate School and University Center in 1975. In that same year Aderís career came to an abrupt end with a failed attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a small raft for his project In Search of the Miraculous. Bas Jan Ader produced a modest body of work but is considered as one of the most important and mythical figures of the conceptual art movement. Bas Jan Aderís work has been exhibited widely in recent years including various exhibitions such as Under The Big Black Sun at the MOCA, Los Angeles; the 30th Sao Paolo Biennial and retrospectives at the CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte ContemporŠnea, Santiago Compostela and the Museo díArte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo). His work is included in many museum collections such as the MoMa, New York; Palais de Toyko, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
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