Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader

1942-1975, in Winschoten (Netherlands)

Lost at sea  

The short career of Bas Jan Ader, a legendary figure of the 1970s, was marked by a few works, photographs and filmed performances, in which he is both the subject and an object of protocols that examine the physical characteristics of the world – weight – as well as emotions – sadness – in an aesthetic similar to early video art.

Repeated falls, tears and gestures acquire, through tiny actions, an existential value. In 1975 the artist died crossing the Atlantic between the United States and Britain, while undertaking his last performance piece entitled In Search of the Miraculous.


Wijk, Marion van ; Dalstra, Koss. Bas Jan Ader : discovery file 143/76. Los Angeles : New Documents, 2017. 978-1-927354-10-0

Wolfs, Rein ; Beenker, Erik ; Dean, Tacita ; Groot, Elbrig de, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Pays-Bas). Bas Jan Ader : please don't leave me : [exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam]. Rotterdam : Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2006. 978-90-6918-216-2

Muller, Christopher. Implosion - Bas Jan Ader : Filme, Fotografien, Projektionen, Videos und Zeichnungen aus den Jahren 1967-1975 : [Ausstellung], Kunstverein Braunschweig, 8. April - 4. Juni 2000 ; Bonner Kunstverein, 21. Juni - 30. Juli 2000 ; Kunstverein München, 12. Oktober - 24. November 2000. Köln : W. König, 2000. 978-3-88375-443-7



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