©Stephan Vanfleteren

©Stephan Vanfleteren

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.




Group exhibitions

  • 'De Opwarming', Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Antwerp (B)

  • 'Ecce Homo', Maagdenhuis, Antwerp (B)

  • Vienna Contemporary, Geukens & De Vil Booth, Vienna, (AUS)

  • 'BLACK', C-Mine, Genk (B)

  •  'Volta 13', Galerie Martin Kudlek, Basel  (CH)

  • Museum to Scale 1/7, Fondazione Ghisla Art Collection, Locarno  (I)

  • Drawing Now Paris 11, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris (FR)

  • Sylvie De Meerleer, Gideon Kiefer & Birde Vanheerswinghels, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne (GER)

  • The Beauty of the Beast, Kasteel d'Ursel, Bornem (B)


  • Grote Prijs Ernest Albert, De Garage, Mechelen (B)
  • Drawing Front, Kunstvereniging & Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Diepenheim (Nl)
  • 10 jaar Kunstenaar van de Maand, Zebrastraat, Gent (B)
  • Tumultingent, Watt Event Space, Gent (B)
  • Art Toronto, Rosenfeld-Porcini Gallery booth, Toronto (CAN)
  • Goodbye Pourbus, Hello Leopold, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp (B)
  • Aandacht! Aandacht!, C-Mine, Genk (B)
  • Vienna Contemporary, Geukens & De Vil Booth, Vienna, (AUS)
  • Aandacht! Aandacht!, De Warande, Turnhout (B)
  • Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou (B)


  • Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost- Vlaanderen 2013, Caermersklooster, Gent (B)
  • Vienna Contemporary, Geukens & De Vil Booth, Vienna, (AUS)
  • ‘Drawing Now Paris’, Focus Artist, Carreau Du Temple, Paris (FR)
  • ‘Something of Value’, Lokettenzaal Bank van België en Belgische Senaat, Brussel (B)


  • Museum to Scale 1/7, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels (B)
  • Art Brussels, Geukens & De Vil Gallery booth, Brussels (B)
  • Art 13 London, Geukens & De Vil Gallery booth, London (UK)
  • KATHO departement IPSOC Kortrijk i.s.m. Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent (B)
  • Museum Op Schaal 1/7, Ronny Van De Velde Gallery (B)
  • ‘The Birth Of Cinema & Beyond’, Rosenfeld-Porcini Gallery, London (UK)


  • ‘Are The Limits Of My Language, The Limits Of My World?’, Maskara Gallery, december, Mumbai (IN)
  • ‘Wenn der Löwe sprechen könnte, wir werden Ihn nicht verstehen’, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Knokke (B)
  • ‘Wish You Were Here’, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York (USA)
  • Art Brussels, Geukens & De Vil Gallery booth, Brussels (B)


  • Flanders House, New York (USA)
  • ‘A Paper Trail’, De Halle – De Warande, Geel (B)
  • Art Brussels, Geukens & De Vil Gallery booth, Brussels (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 Gallery, Antwerp (B)


  • Preview Berlin, Geukens & de Vil Gallery Booth, Berlin (GER)
  • 'Gideon Kiefer & Bart Slangen', Cultuurcentrum Dommelhof, Neerpelt (B)
  • 'Canvascollectie 2010', BOZAR Museum, Brussels (B)


  • B&C Group Art Gallery, Mont-Saint-Guibert (B)


  • 'Modernism', De Markgraaf, Hove(B)


  • Caldic Collection (NL), Museum Dr. Guislain (B), Bank Delen (B), Metzler Collection (LU), Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (B)




Solo exhibitions

  • Art on Paper, BOZAR , Brussels (B)
  • ‘X Marks The Spot511244824242421’, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp (B)                     
  • ‘Drawing Now’, Carreau Du temple, Paris (FR)
  • C-Mine Cultuur Centrum, Genk (B)
  • UNC Gallery, Seoul (Kor)


  • Book presentation, Bozar, Brussels (B)
  • Presentation  ‘Der Darsteller’, Artist in Residence, Be-Part, Waregem (B)


  • ‘The End of Dreams (Drawings)’, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Knokke (B)
  • ‘The Equirectangular Project Site 002’, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp (B)
  • ‘Gideon Kiefer – Tekeningen, Wetenschap Verbergt Waanzin’, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent (B)
  • ‘The World Above Ground Is Unstable’, Geukens & De Vil Gallery Antwerp (B)


  • 'Vaults and the Synesthesia of days and numbers', Gallery Geukens & De Vil, Knokke (B)
  • Dioniss Festival, St.-Denijs-Westrem (B)
  • 'Blueprint of a 3 Day Nightmare - The Plan', Gallery S&H De Buck,Ghent (B)


  • VVB 82 Gallery, Antwerp (B)
  • Settembrini Bookshop, Leiden (NL)
  • Undercover Bookstore, Ghent (B)


Bibliography and publications

  • Illustration Now! III, Taschen, 2009.
  • Canvas Collection/Collection RTBF 2010, Racine – Lannoo, 2010.
  • Preview Berlin Catalogue, Seltmann uns Söhne, 2010.
  • The Weighty Body, Museum Dr. Guislain, Lannoo, 2010.
  • When will they finally see the power of drawing, Geukens & De Vil, 2010.
  • Illustration now!, calendar, agenda and diary, 2011.
  • A Paper Trail Catalogue, Warande publications, 2011.
  • ‘The World Above Ground Is Unstable’, Geukens & De Vil – Be Part, APE 2011.
  • AKDT 1962 – 2012, histoires, souvenirs, passions, Fondation d’Utilité Publique, 2012.
  • Landscape Of Images – a view on visual arts in Limburg, Kunst In Limburg, 2012.
  • Are The Limits Of My Language The Limits Of My World?, Maskara Gallery / Geukens & De Vil, 2012.
  • Museum To Scale 1/7, Ronny Van de Velde, 2013.
  • Health, Something of Value, RIZIV-INAMI, 2014.
  • Drawing Now Paris Edition 8, CPCT Arts & Events, 2014.
  • Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst 2013 Catalogue, Caermersklooster, 2014.
  • Gideon Kiefer, Uitg. Kannibaal, 2014.
  • Drawing Now Paris Edition 9, CPCT Arts & Events, 2015.
  • The Blue Hour of Dreams, UNC Gallery, 2015.
  • In de Luwte van de Tussentijd, Kunstenfestival Watou, 2015.
  • The Beauty of the Beast, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, 2017.
  • Black to the Future, Uitgeverij Inbetweeen, 2017.
  • Ecce Homo, Hannibal / Geukens & De Vil, 2017.
  • Ecce Homo Catalogue, Hannibal / Geukens & De Vil, 2017.

Prizes, awards & residencies

  • 2016  Laureaat Prijs Ernest Albert, Mechelen (B)
  • 2014   Artist in Residence, Be-Part, Waregem (B) 
  • 2013   Nomination Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost-Vlaanderen 2013 (B)