Diver in one of the underwater sculpture gardens by Jürgen Claus, Red Sea, 1978

Poster strutture sottomarine [Underwater Structures], 1970
Black-and-white screenprint, 60,7 × 86,2 cm

21.03.–01.07.2018

Jürgen Claus

Je suis Atoll – Pictures and Media 1968-2018

Opening: 18.03.2018, 15:00

The artist Jürgen Claus, who was born in Berlin in 1935 and has lived since 1989 in such places as Baelen in eastern Belgium, is considered to be one of the pioneers of media art. The exhibition at the IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art is conceived more as a presentation of works than as a classic retrospective, even if the visitors to the exhibition will be offered a profound insight into the art of this exceptional artist through three thematically organized “atolls”.

His greatest achievements include, not only the introduction of the issues of ecology to art, but also an extension of the field of artistic activity to the seas and oceans. His underwater happenings and exhibitions made (art) history. In this exhibition, Jürgen Claus accordingly looks both far into the past and far into the future of a human species which must ask itself how it can continue to impact upon the earth without inevitably doing away with itself.

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Jürgen Claus, Horus, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 60 × 60 cm

Diagrama with logos of the Submarine Centre, 1969
Black-and-white screenprint on paper roll

Jürgen Claus, Divers at the Bell Tower, 1979
Schwarzweißfotografie, 70 × 100 cm

Jürgen Claus, slide collage from the installation Expansion des Films. Film als Organ als Material als Raum, 1969
Variable dimensions

Jürgen Claus, slide collage from the installation Expansion des Films. Film als Organ als Material als Raum, 1969
Variable dimensions

Construction site solar icosahedron in Geislingen/Steige, 1998
Photo: archive of Jürgen Claus

Jürgen and Nora Claus, l’age solaire, 1991
Argon-gas lettering, 150 × 500 cm

Jürgen Claus, Softsculpture Long Island, Bahamas, 1979
Silver gelatin print, 70 × 100 cm