Bas Jan Ader, ‘Broken Fall (organic), Amsterdamse Bos, Holland’, 1971/1994, Meliksetian | Briggs

Catalogue raisonné: Bas Jan Ader "Please Don't Leave Me" Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Netherlands, 2006 Item number 9.

Signature: Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Estate of Bas Jan Ader.

Image rights: Copyright the Estate of Bas Jan Ader/ Mary Sue Andersen-Ader Courtesy of the Estate of Bas Jan Ader and Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles.

Selected Exhibition History

2013
Tra du Mondi, MAMbo, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2012
The Imminence of Poetics, 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paolo, Brazil (group)
2010
Suspended Between Laughter and Tears, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont CA travelled
to Museo de Arte Zapopan, Mexico (solo)
2007
Fall, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Please Don’t Leave Me, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
All is Falling, Camden Arts Center, London, UK (solo)
A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts, Mitchell - Innes and Nash, New York, NY (group)
2004
Bas Jan Ader, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (solo)
2003
Bas Jan Ader, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
2000
Filme, Fotografien, Projektionen, Videos und Zeichnungen aus den Jahren 1967-1975, Munchen
Kunstverein, Munich, Germany travels to Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, Kunstverein
Braunschweig, Germany (solo)
Bas Jan Ader, The Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine; travels to Sweeny Art Gallery,
University of California, Riverside; Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (

Selected Bibliography (image reproduced)

Hainley, Bruce. “Legend of the Fall: Bas Jan Ader.” Artforum. (1999): 93.
Muller, Christopher, ed. Implosion: Bas Jan Ader. Cologne, Germany. Verlag De Buchhandlung
Walter König. 2000. 31.
Mackenzie, Beatriz Eugenia. Bas Jan Ader. Mexico City. Museo Tomayo. 2004. 26.
Reins, Wolf, ed. Bas Jan Ader: Please don’t leave me. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Museum Boijmans van
Beuningen. 2006. 51.
Spence, Brad, Thomas Crow and Jan Tumlir. Bas Jan Ader. Irvine, CA. The University of California
Press. 2000. 18-19.
Verwort, Jan. Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous. London, UK. Afterall Books. 2006.
Unpaginated.
Dumbadze, Alexander. Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere. Chicago. University of Chicago Press.

  1. (discussion of work; image from the associated film)

The Estate of Bas Jan Ader.

About Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader (b. 1942 Winschoten, The Netherlands) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles (1965) and his Master's of Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate School and University Center, Claremont CA (1967). The artist was lost at sea in 1975 during the middle part of what was to be his grand trilogy of works In search of the miraculous.

Bas Jan Ader’s work has been exhibited widely in recent years including various exhibitions in the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions in 2011 such as Under The Big Black Sun at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, retrospectives at the CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago Compostela, Spain, 2010 and the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Italy, 2013, as well as Universes in Universe at the 30th Sao Paolo Biennial 2012 and in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Palais de Toyko, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Recent exhibitions featuring the artist’s work include Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, Gebert Foundation, Switzerland, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul and Museo Jumex, Mexico City to name a few. In 2017, the artist's work will be featured in exhibitions including those at the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, the Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Castello di Rivoli, Turin as well as Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia / Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel running through November 2017.

The artist's work is included in important public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA, Museum of Modern Art / MoMA, New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA among others.

Dutch, 1942-1975, Winschoten, Netherlands, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

2016
London,
Bas Jan Ader

Group Shows

2000
Project Arts Centre, 
Dublin, Ireland,
Somewhere near Vada