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

8.6.2017 de 19:00 à 20:30 BlackBox

Television is the Message: Visual Art in the Work of Jef Cornelis

curateur(s): Andrea Cinel

Screening night within the framework of the exhibition Private View. Jef Cornelis on art events at Casino's BlackBox.

This screening night presented by Andrea Cinel, curator at Argos - Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, focuses on the different strategies that Jef Cornelis employed to depict visual artists and to report about their exhibitions. The selected films give an account of major figures such as Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Jef Geys, Panamarenko, Andy Warhol, but they also investigate how exhibition, as a format, has evolved during the Sixties through the Eighties.

Certainly something has changed in the art world between the Warhol's exhibition at the van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 1970 and the opening of three historical events, namely Initiatief '86, Chambres d'amis and Initiatief d'amis, in Ghent in 1986. But this also applies to television. Cornelis confronts the public with the potential and the limits of the medium television. By questioning the ability of television to present contemporary art and the opening of an art manifestation, Cornelis simultaneously tests the visual art discourse and televised audio-visual culture, and causes cracks to appear in what we think of them.

Screening programme:

Andy Warhol
1970, 5'10", b&w, Dutch spoken, English subtitles

Report on the Andy Warhol exhibition at the van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 1970, views of the exhibition and catalogue illustrations.

Stanley Brouwn 6 stappen 10x (MTL Gallery Brussel)

1971, 3'45", b&w, Dutch spoken, English subtitles

Despite the minimalism of his oeuvre, the work of Stanley Brouwn forces us visualise abstract measurements in three dimensions, to reinterpret trajectories and cardinal coordinates. Invited for a solo exhibition in MTL Gallery in Brussels, Brouwn's proposal consisted of counting the exact number of footsteps he was doing every day during one week in Brussels.

Marcel Broodthaers °1924

1972, 5'06", b&w, Dutch and French spoken, English subtitles

Jef Cornelis' film opens with Broodthaers sitting at the entrance of his exhibition in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. At the exhibition he presented more than 300 objects and images that relate to The eagle from the Oligocene to the Present. Broodthaers made use of museographical aesthetics and methods in order underline how these can convert everyday objects in ones that have a mythical dimension.

KUNST ALS KRITIEK. WANNEER IS KUNST WEL KRITIEK? 4. Wanneer de kunstenaar in alle ernst speelt

1973, 4'47", colour, Dutch spoken, English subtitles

'Many a true word is spoken in jest' seems to tell us the Belgian artist Jef Geys (°1934). In his statement, framed as a public announcement, he uses the programme's broadcasting time as a publicity stunt, revealing the mechanisms of the medium of television at the same time. In a lengthy word of thanks the extensive media bureaucracy is stripped of its front, mentioning the relative cost of the programme and the broadcasting time.

De langste dag

1986, excerpt 50', colour, Dutch, English, French and Italian spoken, English subtitles

21st June 1986. With over 6 hours of live television the programme De Langste Dag ('The Longest Day') by the BRT network was one of the main participants in the art manifestation Initiatief '86, an amalgam of exhibitions simultaneously unfolding over several locations in the city of Ghent.


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