GRIMM is proud to announce Bearable Lightness of Being, a tribute to the work and conceptual heritage of Ger van Elk (1941-2014).

Our space at the Keizersgracht showcases several highlights of Van Elk’s oeuvre in an intimate setting, while at the Frans Halsstraat a group show with works by Adriano Amaral, Daniel G. Baird, Giulia Cenci, Urs Fischer, Mark Handforth, Elizabeth Price, Willem de Rooij and Letha Wilson, will serve as a contemporary reflection on his work.



Niet werkelijk woef

Ger van Elk


Slide projection (colored b/w slides) projected onto California Republic flag

Dimensions variable

Untitled (Kinselmeer)

Ger van Elk


Retouched with ink on color photograph, between Plexiglass in two parts

74 x 170 x 7.4 cm | 29 1/8 x 66 7/8 x 2 7/8 in


Ger van Elk

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.