// Gideon Kiefer Portrait

Kiefer Gideon (1970)

The two-dimensional work of Gideon Kiefer provokes on one side deceitfully a feeling of trust with daily realities and reveals on the other hand a hidden truth.
The artist is fascinated by so called ‘authority’ personas, whom often seem to be bandaged by a predicate of control. He emphasises unmercifully that this power – starting from doctors, scientists and corporate people – is relative and needs to be immanently related to impotence. Gideon Kiefer provides his images – borrowed from reality – with his own mark, for than to give them back to the world. He captures, the with power associated personalities, repetitively in a network of lines which remind of composition and perspective lines that could be a metaphor for structure, order and depth, but in the meantime can be experienced as clews; as a raster in which the system tends to get caught. Kiefer confronts his public with a reality of freedom and the tragedy of impotence.

// Gideon Kiefer / vita

1970 born in Neerpelt, Belgium
1990-1994 Master in Graphics, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp/ B

Currently lives and works in Belgium.


2016 X Marks The Spot511244824242421, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Antwerp/ B
2015 C-Mine Cultuur Centrum, Genk/ B
UNC Gallery, Seoul/ KOR
2014 Presentation Artist in Residence, Be-Part, Waregem/ B
2013 The End of Dreams (Drawings), Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Knokke/ B
The Equirectangular Project Site 002, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Antwerp/ B
Gideon Kiefer – Tekeningen, Wetenschap Verbergt Waanzin, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent/ B
2011 The World Above Ground Is Unstable, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art Antwerp/ B
2010 Vaults and the Synesthesia of days and numbers, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Knokke/ B
Dioniss Festival, St.-Denijs-Westrem/ B
Blueprint of a 3 Day Nightmare – The Plan, Gallery S&H De Buck, Ghent/ B
2009 VVB 82 Gallery, Antwerp/ B
Settembrini Bookshop, Leiden/ NL
Undercover Bookstore, Ghent/B


2017-2018 Ecce Homo, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Knokke/ B
‘Museum to scale 1/7’, Fondazione Ghisla Art Collection, Locarno/ I
2017 DE OPWARMING, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp/ B
BLACK, C-Mine, Genk/ B
The Beauty of the Beast, Kasteel d’Ursel, Bornem/ B
Sylvie De Meerleer, Gideon Kiefer and Birde Vanheerswynghels, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne/ D
2016 Grote Prijs Ernest Albert, De Garage, Mechelen/ B
Drawing Front, Kunstvereniging & Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Diepenheim/ NL
10 jaar Kunstenaar van de Maand, Zebrastraat, Ghent/ B
Tumultingent, Watt Event Space, Ghent/ B
2015 Goodbye Pourbus, Hello Leopold, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Antwerp/ B
Aandacht! Aandacht!, C-Mine, Genk/ B
Aandacht! Aandacht!, De Warande, Turnhout/ B
Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou/ B
2014 Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost- Vlaanderen 2013, Caermersklooster, Ghent/ B
Something of Value, Lokettenzaal Bank van België en Belgische Senaat, Brussels/ B
2013 Museum to Scale 1/7, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels/ B
KATHO departement IPSOC Kortrijk i.s.m. Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent/ B
Museum Op Schaal 1/7, Ronny Van De Velde Gallery/ B
The Birth Of Cinema & Beyond, Rosenfeld-Porcini Gallery, London/ UK
2012 Are The Limits Of My Language, The Limits Of My World?, Maskara Gallery, Mumbai/ IN
Wenn der Löwe sprechen könnte, wir werden Ihn nicht verstehen, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Knokke/ B
Wish You Were Here, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York/ USA
2011 Flanders House, New York/ USA
A Paper Trail, De Halle – De Warande, Geel/ B
Salon, Pianomuseum Maene, Ruiselede/ B
THE WEIGHTY BODY, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent/ B
(When will they finally see) The Power of Drawing, Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Antwerp/ B
2010 Gideon Kiefer & Bart Slangen, Cultuurcentrum Dommelhof, Neerpelt/ B
Canvascollection, Bozar Museum, Brussels/ B
2009 B&C Group Art Gallery, Mont-Saint-Guibert/ B
2008 Moderinsm, De Markgraaf, Hove/ B


Caldic Collection, Wassenaar // Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent // Bank Delen, Belgium // Metzler Collection, Luxembourg


2014 Artist in Residence, Be-Part, Waregem/ B


In de Luwte van de Tussentijd, Kunstenfestival Watou, 2015.
The Blue Hour of Dreams, UNC Gallery, 2015
Drawing Now Paris Edition 9, CPCT Arts & Events, 2015.
Gideon Kiefer, Uitg. Kannibaal, 2014.
Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst 2013 Catalogue, Caermersklooster, 2014.
Health, Something of Value, RIZIV-INAMI, 2014.
Museum To Scale 1/7, Ronny Van de Velde, 2013.
Are The Limits Of My Language The Limits Of My World?, Maskara Gallery / Geukens & De Vil, 2012.
Landscape Of Images – a view on visual arts in Limburg, Kunst In Limburg, 2012.
AKDT 1962 – 2012, histoires, souvenirs, passions, Fondation d’Utilité Publique, 2012.
The World Above Ground Is Unstable, Geukens & De Vil – Be Part, APE 2011.
A Paper Trail Catalogue, Warande publications, 2011
Illustration now!, calendar, agenda and diary, 2011
When will they finally see the power of drawing, Geukens & De Vil, 2010.
The Weighty Body, Museum Dr. Guislain, Lannoo, 2010.
Preview Berlin Catalogue, Seltmann uns Söhne, 2010.
Canvas Collection/Collection RTBF 2010, Racine – Lannoo, 2010.
Illustration Now! III, Taschen, 2009.