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Bas Jan Ader  1942-1975, NL

(Bastian Johan Christiaan Ader )
Rank (2014): 533 – 

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Photography, Performance
Conceptual Art

to top Most exhibitions in:

USA 63
France 28
Germany 27
Netherlands 11
United Kingdom 10

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Artist Rank
Bruce Nauman  3 42
John Baldessari  6 35
Vito Acconci  85 35
Ed Ruscha  10 27

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  Patrick Painter Inc., USA 6
  Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, USA 6
  FRAC - Limousin, France 4
  MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, USA 3
  Galerie Chantal Crousel, France 3

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19.4.1942 Born in Winschoten, GR (NL)

1960 - 1961 Kunstjijverheidss School, Amsterdam

1963 - 1965 Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles

1965 - 1967 Claremont Graduate School, Claremont

1967 - 1969 Claremont Graduate School, Claremont: Studies in Philosophy

1975 Died in Atlantic Ocean

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Public exhibitions (Selection) 206  Please report missing Information

from 7.2.2015
   La La La Human Steps - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam Send message


until 16.12.
   Art as a Verb - MUMA - Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, VIC Send message

until 3.11.
   Yokohama Triennale 2014 - Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama Send message


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   Bas Jan Ader - In Search Of The Miraculous - - Klosterfelde, Berlin (closed)
   The Studies - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
   Bas Jan Ader. Tra due mondi - MAMbo - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna

   Thoughts Unsaid, Then Forgotten - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA

   Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears - In the Packing House, Claremont, CA
   Suspended Between Laughter and Tears - Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
   BAS JAN ADER - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA

   Gravité - Dazibao - centre de photographies actuelles, Montreal, QC

Description and image Kunsthalle BaselBas Jan Ader – Fall - Kunsthalle Basel, Basel Send message
   Bas Jan Ader - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA

   Bas Jan Ader - All is Falling - Camden Arts Centre, London

   Bas Jan Ader - Perry Rubenstein Gallery - 534 West 24 street, New York City, NY

   Bas Jan Ader - Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
   Bas Jan Ader - Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

   Bas Jan Ader - 1970-74 - Portikus, Frankfurt/Main
   Bas Jan Ader - Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
   Bas Jan Ader - Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
Description and image  Bas Jan Ader - Films and Photographs - Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

   Bas Jan Ader - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA

   Bas Jan Ader - Museum het Domein, Sittard

   Bas Jan Ader - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Description and image  Bas Jan Ader - Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig

   Bas Jan Ader Retrospective - UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA

   Bas Jan Ader - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY

   Bas Jan Ader - In Search Of The Miraculous - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam


to top Group shows   178

   Lone Tree - Marlborough Chelsea, New York City, NY
   Amerika - Camberwell Space, London

   Only To Melt, Trustingly, Without Reproach - Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana
Description  The Weak Sex – How Art Pictures The New Male - Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
Description  The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd - Mead Gallery - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
   State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 - Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
   0 Perfomance – The fragile beauty of crisis / Special projects 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow - Moscow State Exhibition Hall, Moscow
Description  State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 - Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NY
   Ready (To Be) Made - le Bal, Paris
   Langages - Entre le dire et le faire - Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris
Description and image Badischer KunstvereinContinental Drift I & II - Konzeptkunst in Kanada: Die 1960er und 70er Jahre - Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe Send message
   Le Grand Tout - 30 ans du Frac Limousin - FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
   La Fabrique des Possibles - FRAC - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille
   Besser scheitern - Film + Video - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
   Water Music - Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
   Specific Collisions - Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NY

   Cartografías contemporáneas - CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona
   Cartografías contemporáneas. Dibujando el pensamiento - CaixaForum Madrid, Madrid
   Materializing "Six Years": Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
   30th São Paulo Biennial - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
   Among the Leaves - Figge von Rosen Galerie Cologne, Cologne
   Searching - Mixed Greens, New York City, NY
   Untitled (Tea Party) - Summer Group Show - - Klosterfelde, Berlin (closed)
Description and image  The Nature Of Disappearance: Part 2 - Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NY
   Les feux de l'amour - FRAC - Collection Aquitaine, Bordeaux
   L'amour du Risque - MSU - Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb
   The Artists’ Postcard Show - Spike Island, Bristol
   Unfinished Journeys - The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo
   Live rightly, die, die (volet 1) - Argos, Brussels
   La La La Human Steps: A Selection from the Collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen - Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

   It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973 (Part 2) - Montgomery Art Center, Claremont, CA
   I wish you well - Vegas Gallery, London
   3rd Athens Biennale 2011 - MONODROME - Athens Biennial, Athens
   In Search of the Miraculous: ten days of film, video and photography - Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
   Incongru. Quand l'art fait rire - Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
Description and image  Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
   Erre, variations labyrinthiques - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
   Perfect Man II - White Columns, New York City, NY
   The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part II - Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver, BC
   Magic for Beginners - PPOW, New York City, NY
   Sistemas, Acciones y Procesos. 1965-1975 - Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires
   Void if Removed - Concrete Erudition 4 - FRAC - Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris
   Érudition Concéte 4 - FRAC - Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris
   Gone to Croatan – Strategien des Verschwindens - HMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund
   Personal Tempest - Tiroler Künstlerschaft - Neue Galerie, Innsbruck
   a painting show - Autocenter, Berlin
   The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today  - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
   Somewhere Else - Espace Louis Vuitton Paris, Paris
Description  Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

   Dying In Spite of The Miraculous - Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VIC
   The Earth is Flat After All - Perry Rubenstein Gallery - 527 West 23 Street, New York City, NY
   Jeder Künstler ist ein Mensch - Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
   Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 - 1980 - Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto , Mississauga, ON
   Performative Structures − New Existentialism Part 1 - Alte Fabrik - Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil
Description and image  Gestures & Procedures - ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
   No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Scheitern, Kunst und Wissen - Kunstverein Hildesheim e.V, Hildesheim
   An einem schönen Morgen des Monats Mai... - GAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V. Bremen, Bremen
   Emporte-moi / Sweep me off my feet - Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine
Description and image  THE LIFE OF THE OBJECT - Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Description  1. Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst Ruhr 2010 - Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst, Unna
   \ (LEAN) - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY
   Cromocronías - Poéticas del color en la imagen-tiempo - Centro José Guerrero, Granada
   DOUBLE BIND / Arrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre ! - Villa Arson, Nice

   Picturing the Studio - SAIC - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Description 101 Exhibit - Miami"Land" - Collaborative Exhibition - 101 Exhibit - Miami, Miami, FL Send message
   Modern Physics - Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City
   Picture(s): Your California Dream - - Civic Room, London (closed, 2010)
   Emporte-moi/Sweep me off my feet - Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City
   Voyage sentimental 3 - FRAC - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille
   Fail Again Fail Better #2 - MKGalerie - Berlin, Berlin
   In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
   Gone to Croatan - CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art Torun, Torun
   20 YEARS: We gave a party for the gods and the Gods all came - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY
   There Is No(W) Romanticism - Galerie Les filles du calvaire - Bruxelles, Brussels
Description and image  No Sound - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Description and image  Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation - Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
   live art /levende scene - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
   the space between - Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle

   La invención de lo cotidiano - Museo Nacional de Arte - MUNAL, Mexico City
   the crack up - Khastoo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   Now's the time - Charlemont House, Dublin
   Now Jump - Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si
   The sublime is now - Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena
   Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art - Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Description  Arts Le Havre 2008 - Biennale Arts Le Havre, Le Havre
   The Space Between - Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå
Description and image  Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
   Gravity in Art - Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
   Le bruissement des images - Centre photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontault Combault
   Person Of The Crowd: The Contemporary Art Of Flânerie - Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
   25 Artists x 2 Screenings = 1 Week - Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

   Beyond the country - Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
   Romantischer Konzeptualismus - - Bawag Contemporary - Bawag Foundation, Vienna (closed, 2013)
   Elsewhere - University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
   Le Syndrome de Broadway - Centre d'Art du Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux
   Seestücke - Von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
   Romantischer Konzeptualismus - Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg
   Alone in the Jungle - - Mandarin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (closed, 2008)
   Beneath the Underdog - Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NY
   Into Me, Out of Me - MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Rome
   The Believers - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA

   Interventions - Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   Renegades 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art - - Exit Art, New York City, NY (closed, 2012)
   Kunst aus Los Angeles der 60er bis 90er Jahre - Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
   All Hawaii Entrées/ Lunar Reggae - Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin
Description  INTO ME / OUT OF ME - Kunst-Werke Berlin - KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin
   something more than feelings - Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
   Moving on - Motion - Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
   A rabbit as king of the ghosts - Mitchell-Innes & Nash - West Street, New York City, NY
   Into me / Out of me - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
   Flowers in Contemporary Art - Benaki Museum, Athens
   I, an exhibition in three acts - Futura, Prague
   2006 Thesis Exhibitions Series Two - Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
   Masquerade - Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney - MCA, Sydney, NSW
   Los Angeles 1955-1985 The birth of an art capital - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
   Why I'm So Unhappy - Or Gallery - Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

   The Gravity in Art - de Appel Boys' School, Amsterdam
   PERFORMA 05 - Performa, New York City, NY
   Des Deux Cotes Du Rhin -Movement- - Museum Ludwig, Cologne
   Lynda Benglis, The Center For Land Use Interpretation, Dan Colen, Gino De Dominicis, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Lucio F - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY
   Interstate - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY
   Burlesques contemporains - Jeu de Paume, Paris
   OpenSystems - Rethinking Art c.1970 - Tate Modern, London
Description  Getting Emotional - ICA - Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, Boston, MA
Description and image  Emotion Pictures - MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
   The Last Picture Show - Artists using Photography 1960-1982 - Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
   The Lateral Slip - UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA

   Aufruhr der Gefühle, Leidenschaften in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie und Videokunst - Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen
   Entropia: il dissolvimento dell'opera - ARGE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano
   Aufruhr der Gefühle - Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Braunschweig
   Rose c'est la vie - On Flowers in Contemporary Art - Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
   Garten Eden - Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main
   Grotesque, burlesque, parodie - Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac
   Manifesta 5 - San Sebastian - Manifesta - European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
   The last picture show. Artistas que hacen uso de la fotografía. Tendencias conceptuales de 1960-1982 - MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
Description and image  "The Big Nothing" - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
   La Colmena - Fundación Jumex, Mexico City
Description and image  The Last Picture Show - Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982 - UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

   Gestes, poses, attitudes… - FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
   Photo-sculpture (2) - Gestes, poses, attitudes… - FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
Description and image  The Last Picture Show - Artists Using Photography - 1960-1982 - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
   Geometry of the Face - Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Copenhagen
Description and image Lisson GalleryThe Distance Between Me and You - Lisson Gallery, London Send message
   Group Show No. 1 - Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
   Une collection de « Chefs-d’œuvre » - Emprunts, pastiches, copies, citations et interprétations - FRAC - Limousin, Limoges
   Trauer/ Grief - - Augarten Contemporary, Vienna (closed, 2011)
Description  Creeping Revolution 2 - - Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (closed, 2006)

   Cardinales - MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
   This Play - Fundación Jumex, Mexico City
   Les années 70 : l’art en cause - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
   GEOGRAPHIES #2 - Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
   Hinterlands - Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna
   de Grote Hoop - Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam
   Endure - Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
   Malerei ohne Malerei - Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Leipzig
   de Grote Hoop - Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

   From the low countries - Reality and Art 1960-2001 - Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
   Nathan Coley / Bas Jan Ader / Gavin Wade - Vilma Gold, London
   A Pour Accident / A For Accident - Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
   Deliberate Living, curated by Sima Familant - The Greene Naftali Gallery, New York City, NY

   Bas Jan Ader und Frances Stark - Kunstverein München, Munich

Description  Close-ups - Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen
   wrapped - Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø

   wrapped - Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø
   L’étonnante gravité des choses simples - Abbaye St André - Centre d'art contemporain Meymac, Meymac

   Comme des Photos - Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes

   69/96. Dédoublement et autoportrait par procuration - Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes
Description  Reel Work: Artists Film and Video of the 1970’s - Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FL
   Endurance: The Information - Arcadia University Art Gallery , Glenside, PA

   1965-1975: Reconsidering The Object Of Art - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
   Album: The photographic collection of Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen Rotterdam - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Description  Endurance - - Exit Art, New York City, NY (closed, 2012)

   Gone - Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

   Sampler - Studio Guenzani, Milan
   Bas Jan Ader, David Deutsch, Lewis DeSoto, Maureen Gallace, Rodney Graham, Mary Lucier - Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY

   No Rocks Allowed (ijskoude douche.) - Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

   La Biennale di Venezia 1978. From Nature to Art, from Art to Nature - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

   Sonsbeek 71 - Sonsbeek International Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem


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