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Exhibitions

Jef Cornelis, Documenta 5, 1972. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).

Jef Cornelis, XXXIII Biennale Internazionale d'Arte Venezia (1966), 1966. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).

Jeff Cornelis, Een openbaar bad voor Munster, 1987. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).

31.5 — 31.7.2017 BlackBox

Private View. Jef Cornelis on art events

curator(s): Andrea Cinel

Selected video works of the Argos collection, Centre for Art and Media, Brussels.

In spring 2017, contemporary art is on the agenda, with the openings of documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel, the Venice Biennale and Skulptur Projekte Münster. For this occasion, Andrea Cinel, curator at Argos - Centre for Art and Media in Brussels, proposes a programme at the Casino Luxembourg's BlackBox of three films by Belgian filmmaker Jef Cornelis, made between 1966 and 1987, which documented earlier editions of these three "exhibitions-spectacles".

Jef Cornelis (*1941) began his career in 1963 as the director of the cultural department of the BRT, Flemish television. Between 1964 and 1998, he directed more than two hundred television programmes, including debates, live broadcasts, as well as films on art, architecture and culture.

From the beginning of his career, Cornelis was heavily involved in contemporary art, even though he was also sometimes its detractor. In 1969, he was one of the founders of A379089, an alternative art centre in Antwerp that claimed to be "anti-museum" and "anti-gallery". On television, in 1966, he started out with a film about the 33rd edition of the Venice Biennale and finished with documenta 5 in 1972. These films are not simple reportages; they show just how much these artistic events had become a social phenomenon and to what degree the avant-garde had become standardised. Alongside these mid-length features, he also made short films covering the exhibitions of artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Christo, Richard Hamilton, Martial Raysse and Andy Warhol.

Nevertheless, in 1972, Cornelis virtually put an end to his activities related to contemporary art, before taking them up again at the beginning of the 1980s. This was a period when the artists he had interviewed during the previous two decades had in turn become fixtures on the international art scene. 

partners

In collaboration with: Argos - Centre for Art and Media, Brussels.

images

Jef Cornelis, Documenta 5, 1972. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).

Jef Cornelis, XXXIII Biennale Internazionale d'Arte Venezia (1966), 1966. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).

Jeff Cornelis, Een openbaar bad voor Munster, 1987. Copyright VRT, courtesy ARGOS (Brussels).