GRIMM and Borzo Gallery present a solo booth dedicated to Dutch artist Ger van Elk (1941-2014) at EXPO Chicago, 2018.

The presentation at EXPO Chicago is a recreation of Ger van Elk’s last exhibition in the Netherlands before he passed away. Conceived as a mirror image of itself, the exhibition As Is, As Was at GRIMM consisted of four plexiglass wall-based objects and a single mobile hanging in the middle of the gallery space. Simultaneously, a variation of these works was exhibited at Borzo Gallery in the exhibition titled As Was, As Is. 


As is, as was

Ger van Elk


C-print RA 4 on Duraclear film between Plexiglas, metal and Plexiglas suspension with wire

90.5 x 90.5 x 60 cm | 35 5/8 x 35 5/8 x 23 5/8 in

Portrait – As is, as was

Ger van Elk


C-print RA 4 on Duraclear film between Plexiglas, Plexiglas suspension

44 x 45 x 24 cm | 17 3/8 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 in

Talking Trees- Window

Ger van Elk


15" harddisc, LCD-screen, framed

56 x 62 x 4 cm | 22 1/8 x 24 3/8 x 1 5/8 in

Return of Pierre Bonnard

Ger van Elk


2 color photographs between Plexiglas and mirror in wooden frame

60 x 70 cm | 23 5/8 x 27 1/2 in Mirror: 52.5 x 60.5 cm | 20 5/8 x 23 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.