absurd performance artist feiko beckers in the museum of friesland
The first solo museum exhibition of works by Feiko Beckers (Witmarsum, 1983) will be on display in the Museum of Friesland from 26 January to 29 April 2018. With video, performance, installations and text he tries to find solutions to everyday inconveniences and social problems. The idiosyncratic artist presents four absurd works in Feiko Beckers: Bearable. Beckers also gives a number of workshop-like performances in the Museum of Friesland.
Insensitive to the hypes of the mostly serious art world, Feiko Beckers is a striking presence. With his inimitable logic and atypical decors, costumes and props, Beckers’ performances are alienating, to say the least. He invents hilarious solutions to trivial problems that often far exceed their intention.
Beckers’s work combines philosophy, dry humour and the art of narration. He likes to quote French philosopher Albert Camus, who wrote that the absurd ‘is the gap between what we want and what we actually can achieve’. Beckers tries to plug this gap with his work.
On Saturday 3 March and Saturday 7 April 2018 Beckers will give live performances in the Museum’s open studio. The performances, which Beckers prefers to call workshops because of their instructive character, offer a glimpse into the artist’s idiosyncratic world.
Beckers graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen in 2006 and was resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010 and 2011. In 2013 he was resident at Le Pavillion, Palais de Tokyo, in Paris. His work has been exhibited in the EYE Film Museum and De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. After participating in many group exhibitions, this is Beckers’s first solo exhibition in a museum. Furthermore, Beckers has been nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prize 2018 because of his ‘impressive oeuvre’ in which an ‘Ah, of course!’ experience encounters a feeling of ‘Er… excuse me?’.
The Museum of Friesland is co-funded by the Ir. Abe Bonnema Stichting, the Province of Friesland, the Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland, EZ/Kompas, the BankGiro Lottery and Aegon.