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Carlos Becerra elaborates on The Death of James Lee Byars - (Brussel 1994 – Cairo 1997)

from June 18 2016 until September 25 2016

James Lee Byars Letter from James Lee Byars to The Great Bex, undated (1981), golden ink on black tissue paper in white envelope. Collection Flor & Lieve Bex De Deyne, Antwerp. Photo: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam James Lee Byars, 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Letter from James Lee Byars to ‘The Great Flor Bex’, undated, golden ink on red paper in black envelope, 43,5 x 92 in collection Flor & Lieve Bex De Deyne, Antwerp. Photo: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam James Lee Byars & Carlos Becerra in the Ravensteinstraat, opposite the Galerie des Beaus Arts, June 1994, digitized slide. Photo: from the private collection of Carlos Becerra. James Lee Byars, 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg James Lee Byars at the Philosophical Banquet, 1 July 1994. Photo: from the private collection of Carlos Becerra. James Lee Byars, 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg James Lee Byars, The Death of James Lee Byar, performance in the golden room, Brussels 1 July 1994, digitized slide. Photo: from the private collection of Carlos Becerra. James Lee Byars, Do Nothing is a Superlative, I am Death. Photo: from the private collection of Carlos Becerra James Lee Byars, 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg James Lee Byars, The Death of James Lee Byars, outside view of the black room at the opening, 1 July 1994. Photo: from the private collection of Carlos Becerra. James Lee Byars, 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, photo: Lotte Stekelenburg James Lee Byars, The Death of James Lee Byars, June 1994. Photo: private collection of Carlos Becerra.

The artist James Lee Byars died twice. In 1994 he presented a prelude of his death in the performance ‘The Death of James Lee Byars’ in the Marie-Puck Broodthaers Gallery in Brussels. James Lee Byars orchestrated the perfect death in the presence of friends and collectors. Already ill at the time, the artist died a natural death in Cairo in 1997.

The works in this exhibition are the result of collaboration between James Lee Byars and Carlos Becerra.The collector Carlos Becerra helped James Lee Byars to realize his last project, 'The Death of James Lee Byars', and was asked by the artist to manage it after his death. From 18 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be showing works of art from the collection of Carlos Becerra.

James Lee Byars was a nomadic artist. Born in America and profoundly influenced by ten years in Japan, he was received in Europe with open arms. At first he concentrated mainly on performance art; later he produced more tangible works as well. In two successive exhibitions. This summer the museum will show his project The Death of James Lee Byars.

Carlos Becerra

The exhibition features artworks from the collection of the poet, artist and collector Carlos Becerra. He and James Lee Byars met in the early 1990s in Brussels and forged a strong friendship and relationship of trust. Becerra was closely involved in ‘The Death of James Lee Byars’. The tangible results are drawings, designs, models and more than four hundred photos that Becerra took of each stage of the preparation.

Flor Bex and Wies Smals (5 March – 29 May 2016)

The first exhibition featured the archives of Flor Bex of Antwerp’s International Cultural Centre of Wies Smals of De Appel art centre in Amsterdam. Among the first to support Byars, they were in contact with him from the early 1970s. Their collections focus on unusually designed letters on different kinds of paper in a variety of shapes, from circles to triangles, hearts and strings, always in the characteristic colours of red, pink, black and gold. Byars’s use of ingenious folding techniques means that a letter in a small envelope can sometimes be unfolded into a strip several metres long.

ARTtube video

In this ARTtube video, Flor and Lieve Bex of the International Cultural Centre (I.C.C.) in Antwerp share their memories about James Lee Byars.

Where

This exhibition will be on view in the rooms 38, 39 and 2.