Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader © The Estate of Bas Jan Ader / Mary Sue Ader Andersen, 2019 / The Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles

Bas Jan Ader (Winschoten, The Netherlands, 1942 ) was lost at sea in 1975 during the middle part of what was to be his grand trilogy of works In search of the miraculous.

Bas Jan Ader received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles (1965) and his Master’s of Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate School and University Center, Claremont CA (1967). Bas Jan Ader’s work has been exhibited widely in recent years including various exhibitions in the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions in 2011 such as Under The Big Black Sunat the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, retrospectives at the CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago Compostela, Spain, 2010 and the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Italy, 2013, as well as Universes in Universe at the 30th São PauloBiennial 2012 and in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. More recently the artist’s work was featured in exhibitions including those at the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, the Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Castello di Rivoli, Turin as well as Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia / Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel. Other recent exhibitions include Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, Gebert Foundation, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul and Museo Jumex, Mexico City to name a few. In 2019 Bas Jan Ader’s work is included in the exhibition Disappearing – California C. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden and Jack Goldstein at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas.


Nutrauktas kritimas (geometrinis), Vestkapelė, Olandija, 1971 m.
Kritimas 2, Amsterdamas, 1970 m.
Kritimas naktį, 1971 m.

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