Ger van Elk

Ger van Elk (1941-2014, Amsterdam) trained at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen, Holland. He had his first international success with his participation in ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ at Stedelijk Museum (1969) and ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ at Kunsthaus, Bern (1969): both these exhibitions consecrated conceptual art in Europe. Working with various media, from sculpture and photography to video, Ger van Elk rejected the concept of ‘art as decoration’ and developed conceptual processes inspired by the Dada movement and in particular Duchamp’s readymades. Ger van Elk himself stated that, with his works, he aspired to create ‘realistic representations of unrealistic situations’, giving ordinary scenes an absurd dimension through small but irreverent interventions.

Exhibitions dediated to his work include those held at Borzo, Amsterdam (2015), Kunstverein München, Munich (2014), Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, Holland (2014). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).