Ger van Elk (1941– 2014, Amsterdam, NL) is considered to be one of the pioneers of conceptual art. Averse to conventions, Van Elk experimented with many different media and frequently collaborated with fellow artists. In 1969 he participated in the groundbreaking exhibitions When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern and Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en Cryptostructuren at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; the latter still counts as the introduction of conceptual art in The Netherlands.
GRIMM is proud to announce a solo presentation with an important selection of historical works by the Dutch artist Ger van Elk at Art|Basel’s Feature section in Basel this year.
Ger van Elk (Amsterdam, 1941-2014) made a significant and highly personal contribution to the development of conceptual art. With this solo exhibition at Art|Basel, GRIMM emphasizes the importance of the artist and his influence in conceptual art from the seventies until today. Like other conceptual artists at that time Van Elk searched for the boundaries of traditional art. As an artist, he occupied a nonconformist position: radical, humorous and always engaged in a quest for ambiguity.
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