Kendell Geers














Born into a working class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. Running away from the military regime and a six year prison sentence, he escaped to London in 1988 as a political refugee. In 1989 he moved on to New York where he found employ as Richard Prince’s full time assistant. Following the release of Nelson Mandela, Geers returned to South Africa in 1990 to help build the new democracy.

From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes. The raw energy of a Punk attitude is blended with the visceral visionary philosophy of poets like Rimbaud, Blake and Burroughs in an uncanny cocktail of unexpected contrasts.

A European by descent, an African by birth, Kendell Geers work embodies the contradictions of his identity, being both Animist and Mystic, Shaman and Alchemist, Punk and Poet . The warp of popular culture is woven into the weft of poetry, painting, literature and ritual. He uses experience to colour perception, spiritualising matter and materialising spirit, mocking tradition like an iconoclast whilst celebrating history like a Medieval Monk.

Believing that art is as political as it is spiritual, Kendell Geers’ varied practice cannot be simplified, cannot be reduced to cliché or fashion. Working as an artist, musician, designer and writer, his strategies are without compromise because he believes that “Art changes the world - one perception at a time.”

AfroPunk, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen with the collaboration of Galerie Didier Claes, Brussels

ProPaganDaDa, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain

SeaSonSinHell, Gallery ACB, Budapest, Hungary (Show and Lecture)

Ani/Mystik/AKtivist, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

The Intoxication of Being Kendell Geers, UnTubo, Siena, Italy (Show and Lecture)

Crossing the Line, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Solve et Coagula, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

AlphaBête, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles, Belgium.

Endgame, Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Chatel, France

Stealing Fire from Heaven, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey

Kendell Geers 1988-2013, Haus der Kunst, Munich (monography)

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Chateau Blandy-Les-Tours, France

Hellraiser, ADN Galeria, Barcelona

No Government, No Cry; CIAP, Hasselt, Belgium

Fin de Partie, Galleria Continua, Beijing (catalogue)

Lady/God/Gift, Kendell Geers participation in the project: Domino Canibal, Contemporary Art Project Murcia, Spain (catalogue)

Third World Disorder, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Handgrenades from my Heart, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Irrespektiv, MART, Trento, Italy (catalogue)

The Wasteland , Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris


Oficina Para de Arte A.C. , Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Irrespektiv , MOCA, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France (catalogue)

Irrespektiv , DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (catalogue)

PostPunkPaganPop , de Pury & Luxembourg Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland (catalogue)

Kannibale, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Irrespektiv, BALTIC, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (catalogue)

Irrespektiv, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent, Belgium (catalogue)

Auto da fé, BPS22, Charleroi (catalogue)

The word made flesh; Gallery Stephen Friedman, London

Satyr:Ikon, Galleria Continua, San Gimigano, Italy

The Fall, Sorry we’re closed, Bruxelles

Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, United States (catalogue)

Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinatti, United States (catalogue)
Sexus, Cimaise et Portique, Albi, France (catalogue)
The forest of suicides, MACRO Museum, Roma, Italy (monography)
In the flesh, Salon 94, New York
NOITU(LOVE)R , Castello di Ama per l’arte contemporanea Lecchi in Chianti
Inferno, CCA Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Japan (artists book)
Terrorealismus, Migros Museum, Zurich
The Prodigal son, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rogue States, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Grenzgänger, Gallery Luis Campana, Köln, Germany
Mondo Kane, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
A Spy in the House of Love, Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium
Sympathy for the Devil, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (catalogue)
Where Angels Fear to Tread, Delfina Project Space, London
Televisionaries, Würtembergischer Kunstverein and Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Timbuktu, MAK, Vienna, Austria
¡Ya Basta! Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Arte all’Arte V edizione, Volterra, Italy
Inova, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA
Art Unlimited, Basel ArtFair, Basel, Switzerland
States of Emergency, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Heart of Darkness, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Project Rooms, Arco, Madrid, Spain

Guilty, Fort Klapperkop, Pretoria, South Africa
98.3, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (brochure)
Heart of Darkness, Gallery in the Round, Grahamstown, South Africa (brochure)
Memento Mori, de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland
Black on the Inside (with Neil Goedhals), Galerie Metroplex, Johannesburg, South Africa
16 June 1976 (with Willie Bester), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Work on Paper, Chalkham Hill Press Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
W.C. , Villa Arson, Nice, France
Air de Paris (with Joachim Schonfeldt), Everard Read Contemporary & ICA & Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg,South Africa
We are Johannesburg Artists and Nothing More, Michaelis Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
The New Patron, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
Threshold: The Exhibition, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
Objects, Natal Technikon Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Mediations, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Box Theatre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Red Snyper

Transformator, Zwevegem, Belgium

Red Snyper

Schlagstrom Festival, Berlin, Germany

Red Sniper
Body Farm, Magasin 4, Brussels

Starr Space, Brooklyn, New York

A House is Not a Home
La Calmeleterie, Amboise, France

Oficina Para de Arte A.C.
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

MOCA, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France

Performance and Installation, Royal Monceau Hotel, Paris (Destruction Party)

Gallery de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich

CIMATIC/07AV/FestivalBrussels International Festival for Live Audiovisual Art&VJing

50 Jaar Vrienden V/H Smak
Ghent, Belgium

Festival 10 days off, the fucKINGFUCKS
Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

Biennale Charleroi danse, Performance Kendell Geers and the fucKINGFUCKS
BPS22, Charleroi


Cultuurcentrum Evergem, Belgium

Les Grands Spectacles - 120 Jahre Kunst und Massenkultur
Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg, Austria

Elektra Festival
Montréal, Canada

Strange, Familiar and Unforgotten
Galerie Erna Hécey, Bruxelles

Dans le Collimateur
Dieppe Scene Nationale, Dieppe, France

Criminal Brides
Buda, Kortijk, Belgium

Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Opera Video
Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Rhythm and Chaos
Transart 03, Bolzano, Italy

Rhythm and Chaos
Beaulieu Art Gallery, Oudenaarde (group show)

curated by Luk van Acker, Handelsbeursgebouw, Ghent

Guided by Heroes
curated by Raf Simons, Z33, Hasselt

Centre Pompidou, Paris


Divine Comedy

MMK, Frankfurt, Germany.

Ruffneck Constructivists

ICA, Philadelphia, US.


Maati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India.


Artifical Amsterdam

De Appel, Amsterdam


Forde, Geneve.

Beyond Liaisons

World Jewellery Museum, Seoul

My Joburg

La Maison Rouge, Paris, France.

Money, Sex, Power

Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium.

Celluloid Brushes

Ludlow 38, New York

4 Private collections, Maison Particuliere, Brussels

Newtopia: The State of Human Rights
exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Belgium (catalogue)

Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Genk, Limburg, Belgium (catalogue)

Néon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue?
La Maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)

CON AMORE — Leif Djurhuus Samling
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (catalogue)

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Mémoires du futur, la collection Olbricht
La maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)

Spheres 4
Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Paris

It Won't Happen Again
Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

CAF Art Museum Biennale, Beijing, China

Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance
Dublin Contemporary 2011, Ireland

How to Philosophize with a Hammer
White Box, New York, United States

Big Brother, L'artiste face aux Tyrans
The Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France (catalogue Glasstress, Eventi collaterali di La Biennale di Venizia, Venice, Italy

Sympathy for the Devil
VanhaerentsArtCollection, Brussels, Belgium

Eat Me
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Luminous Interval
The Daskalopoulos Collection, The Guggenheim, Bilbao (catalogue)

Celluloid Brushes
Film Posters by artists, Etablissement d'en Face, Brussels

Mexico Expected/Unexpected
MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, CA, United States

Je crois aux Miracles
Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon

Le Moulin, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le Chatel, Paris, France

The Right to Protest
Museum on the Seam, Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel

Bare Life
Museum on the Seam, Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel

Wish List of a Young Collector
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Lust and Vice: The Seven Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman
Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern , Switzerland (catalogue)

Winter Show
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

México — esperado/inesperado
B.P.S.22 - Espace de création contemporaine, Belgium

Spazio, Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura del MAXXI
MAXXI, Roma, Italy

Bern Biennale
The Museum of Fine Art in Bern, Switzerland

The 29th Bienal de São Paulo
Brazil (catalogue)

Nieuwe Monumenten
Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp (catalogue)

Strengths and Convictions
Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Sweden (catalogue)

UltraMegaLore-Fashion Icon
Het Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium (catalogue)

One Shot ! Football and contemporary art
BPS22 espace de création contemporaine, Charleroi, Belgium (catalogue)

Dada South?
Iziko Museums Of Cape Town, South Africa (catalogue)

Contemplating the Void
Guggenheim Museum, New York

ADN Galeria, Barcelona

Visions of paradise: utopias | dystopias | heterotopias
Berezdivin Collection, Espacio 1414, Puerto Rico

Art Foundation Mallorca
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Fonction Critique, quelques apparitions diversement manifestees, sur une proposition de M.Fadat
Aperto, Montpellier, France (Catalogue)

Spheres 2009
Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, Paris

Locus Solus
Galerie Yvon Lambert , Paris

Re:Print, n.a.v. een grafisch werktraject in het Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee
Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium (catalogue)

Hellwach Gegenwartig
Ausblicke auf die Sammlung Marta, Marta Herford, Germany

Dark Summer
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Une collezione trasversale Da Duchamp a Nino Calos, da Cattelan a Entang Wiharso
ALT Arte Contemporanea, Arte Lavoro Territorio, Spazio Fausto Radici, Alzano Lombardo

A House is Not a Home
La Calmeleterie, Amboise, France (catalogue)

SONS Shoes Or not Shoes?
Kruishoutem, Belgium

Time of the Signs
de Pury & Luxembourg Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland

Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War
Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland

Artist-Citizen / Contextual artistic practices
Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia

Chambre à part II
La Réserve, Paris

7+1Project Rooms
MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporànea de Vigo, Spain (catalogue)

‘My Favorite Object’, Artists and Architects present their favourite object in the MAK
The Viennaartweek, MAK, Vienna (catalogue)

New Flag Art Foundation Show, Contemporary Artist and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, New York (catalogue)

Collection Agustin et Isabel Coppel, Mexico: Expected/Unexpected
La Maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)

Sofia Hultén curated by Richard Julin, Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden

group show curated by Tania Doropoulos, Gallery Anna Schwartz, Sydney, Australia

Bare Life
Jerusalem's Museum on the Seam, Israel

Neon Bible
Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon

Neighbourhood Secrets
Kvadrat, Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture, Norway (catalogue)

Person of the Crowd: The contemporary Art of Flânerie
Neuberger Museum of Art, New York

Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War
Blackwood Gallery, Curated by Séamus Kealy, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada (catalogue)

J'embrasse Pas
Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon

Passage du Temps
Collection François Pinault Foundation, Lille (catalogue)

My Sweet Sixteen Party
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Werchter Rock Festival
Amuseevous project, Werchter, Belgium

Hidden Cities
Third International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Rotterdam (catalogue)

African Pavilion
52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (catalogue)

Global Cities
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London

L’emprise du lieu
curated by Daniel Buren , Domaine Pommery, Reims, France (catalogue)

One Colour
Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

The Freak Show
Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France (catalogue)

Stock Zero, Or The Icy Water Of Egoistical Calculation, Nicolas Bourriaud
2 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalogue)

1 Biennal of the Canaries islands
Santa Cruz de Tenerife (catalogue)

Emerging Wor(l)ds
The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague

Il faut rendre à Cézanne...
Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon (catalogue)

Only the Paranoid Survive
HVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, USA

Being, In Brussels
Argos, Brussels (catalogue)

SD Observatory
IVAM, Valencia, Spain (catalogue)

curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Stazione Leopolda, Florence,Italy (catalogue)

A Fiction of Authenticity-Contemporary Africa Abroad
Blaffer Gallery-The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

One Star Stop
Galerie Erna HÈcey, Brussels, Belgium

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich (catalogue)

Images Publiques
1ère Triennale d'art public, Liège, Belgium

Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany (catalogue)

The Flip Book Show
Fotomuseum, Antwerp

Taste. In Viaggio Con Le Diversità Del Gusto
Stazione Leopolda, Firenze