by Jef Geys
Jef Geys, Chalet, 1977 - courtesy & copyright of the artist

Thursday 12 October 2017
18:00 to 21:00

12/10/17 - 02/12/17

"Temporary as a house, definite as a sculpture, or temporary as a sculpture and definite as a house." Jef Geys, 1991

Chalet is an exhibition by Jef Geys that spans over forty years of his work and – as has frequently been his method in past exhibitions – merges vivid and comprehensive displays of selected works alongside smaller fragments from a multitude of other projects. The exhibition’s title is taken from his work Chalet, made in 1977, where Geys designed and constructed a Summerhouse, entirely with his own labour and with repurposed materials, close to his long-time home in Flanders. The building itself is modelled upon the wooden-slatted exterior walls and overhanging eaves that are typical of the 18th Century farmsteads across Northern Europe. Chalet’s construction is modest in scale (Geys once mentioned using “the body as a unit”[1]) and its bucolic style seems belligerently misaligned with utopian and more avant-garde architectural approaches that were celebrated by the art world in the late 1970s. There is something foundational about the methods of Jef Geys in this work: his insistence that vernacular cultural forms that might usually overlooked because of their ubiquity, or lack of taste, should be interrogated by exactly the same terms as any building, artwork or piece of literature that has been appointed as aesthetically or socially valuable by critical opinion in its specialist field. It is noteworthy that upon a request sent to Geys to submit his entry for the Oosthoek Encyclopaedia 1981, he selected Chalet and it was rejected on the grounds that it could not be recognised as being an artwork. Photographs are all that are left of Chalet, as the land it stood upon was sold (along with the building, which was later demolished) by Geys in later years.

[1] From STORY in Jef Geys, Architecture as Limitation, exh. cat., São Paulo Biennial, 1991

Excerpt from a text written by Jamie Stevens on the occasion of Chalet.
Download the full text here.

About the artist

Jef Geys (b. Leopoldsburg, 1934) represented Belgium in the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) with his project Quadra Medicinale. He has participated in landmark exhibitions such as Documenta 11, Kassel (2002), São Paulo Biennial (1991), and Magiciens de la terre, Centre Pompidou, Paris (1989). A large survey exhibition of his work was presented at S.M.A.K., Gent in 2015. Other recent solo exhibitions include IAC Villeurbanne(2017); Centre d’art contemporain / Passages, Troyes (2017); CAPC, Bordeaux (2016); 3A Gallery, New York (2015); CNEAI, Chatou (2014); Wiels, Brussels (2013); Cubitt, London (2013); Culturgest, Lisbon (2012); Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (2012). In 2012 he has been commissioned by Belgium’s national postal service to produce a series of stamps. Alongside his exhibition at La Loge, his work is currently also on view at Muhka, Antwerp and Etablissementd’en face, Brussels (opening on October 27th 2017).

Practical information

Opening hours
Thursday - Friday - Saturday
12:00 to 18:00

Free entrance

La Loge
rue de l’Ermitage 86 
1050 Brussels
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