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Guillaume Bijl

1946, BE

Le Magicien

Painted aluminium
Figure: 180 x 175 x 80 cm | Pedestal: 160 x 130 x 150 cm

Guillaume Bijl rose to prominence in the mid-1970s with a series of iconic works in which he staged minutely recreated shopping environments. By transposing these sites of ordinary life into the realm of art, he allowed for a critical and humorous perspective on consumer society.
Illusion is also at the heart of the sculpture entitled Le Magicien. The iconic magic trick of levitation is here performed by a man and a woman who are depicted in a hyper-realistic manner. But the real illusionist here is the artist, who is able to capture this fleeting moment in the extended time of sculpture.

Guillaume Bijl was born in 1946 in Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives and works.

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