GENERAL IDEA 1969-1994

BIOGRAPHY

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Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2020


Playing Doctor: General Idea Multiples, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada (upcoming)



2019


General Idea, Galerie MAI 36, Zurich, Switzerland.



2018


AA Bronson + General Idea, Maureen Paley, London, England.
Catch Me If You Can, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany.



2017


General Idea Photographs (1969-1982), Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva



2016-2017


General Idea: Broken Time (traveling exhibition): Fundacion Jumex, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires


2015


The Estate Show: General Idea (part of Art Genève), Geneva, Switzerland
Hexenmeister, Maureen Paley, London



2014


AA Bronson: Life and Work, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Canada
Copycat Academy: A Weeklong Masterclass with an Absent Master, Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada



2013


General Idea, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
General Idea P is for Poodle, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
General Idea P is for Poodle, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany



2011-12


Haute Culture: General Idea - Une retrospective 1969-1994 (traveling exhibition): Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris France; Haute Culture: General Idea - A Retrospective 1969-1994 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada


2011


FILE Megazine/General Idea Editions, Torpedo Kunstbokhandelen, Oslo, Norway
General Idea: Nouvelles editions, 8, rue Saint-Bon, Paris, France



2010


General Idea: Editionen und Multiples, Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin, Germany



2009


General Idea: Works 1987 – 1994, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
General Idea: Works 1968 – 1975, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany
The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion, The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada



2008


General Idea: Works 1968-1995, Stampa Gallery, Basel, Switzerland



2007


General Idea: Ediciones 1967-1995, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
General Idea Editions 1968-1995 (touring exhibition)
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle


2006


General Idea Editions 1968-1995 (touring exhibition)
Munich Kunstverein, Munich Kunstwerke, Berlin Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich General Idea: Magic Bullet / Early Works, Esther Schipper, Berlin
General Idea, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London



2005


General Idea Editions 1968-1995 (touring exhibition)
Luckman Art Gallery, Los Angeles Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh General Idea: Computer Paintings, Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris
General Idea, Vienna Secession, Vienna



2004


General Idea Editions 1968-1995 (touring exhibition) Plug In ICA, Winnipeg Museum London, London Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatoon Emily Carr College, Vancouver General Idea: Multiples et series, Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris



2003


General Idea Editions 1968-1995 (touring exhibition)
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Missisauga, Mississauga Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton General Idea: Editions and Ephemera (1968-1995), 871 Fine Arts, San Francisco
General Idea Editions: A Selection, Printed Matter, New York



2002


General Idea, Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris
A Day without Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa



2001


Negative Thoughts (with AA Bronson), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
General Idea, 1301PE, Los Angeles
Boutique Coeurs Volants, Florence Loewy, Paris
Black Floaters, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada



2000


Fin de Siecle, Plug In, Winnipeg



1998


General Idea, Camden Arts Centre, London
General Idea, Robert Prime, London



1997


Search for the Spirit: General Idea 1968-1975, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
General Idea, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA



1996


One Day of AZT / One Year of AZT, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Infe©tions, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver



1995


General Idea, Galerie René Blouin, Montreal
General Idea, S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
General Idea: Showcards, Presentation House, Vancouver



1994


General Idea: Drawings 1989-1994, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
One Year of AZT / One Day of AZT, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
General Idea: Infe©tions, World Wide Video Center, Den Haag
Magi© Bullet / Magi© Carpet, Amoco Tower, Artweek, Calgary
White AIDS, Galerie Tanit, Munich
INFE©TED, Galerie Mai 36, Zurich
Fin de siècle, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
General Idea: The Showcard Series from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pageant Pavillion,Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa



1993


The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion and Related Works, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
General Idea: Multiples, S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto



1992-93


Fin de siècle (touring exhibition):
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg The Power Plant, Toronto Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA


1992


Green (Permanent) PLA©EBO, Richard Foncke Gallery, Gent
El Dorado (Maracaibo), Galeria Fucares, Madrid
GENERI© (Helium), Taormina Arte, Taormina
Magi© Bullet, Stux Gallery, New York
Blue (Cobalt) PLA©EBO, Galerie Montenay, Paris



1991


BLAN© BLAN© BLAN©, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Green (Permanent) PLA©EBO, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Red (Cadmium) PLA©EBO, S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto
AIDS, Project for Seattle buses, Seattle
Black AIDS Paintings, Grey Art Gallery and Study Centre, New York University, New York
Maracaibo, Feature Gallery, New York
AIDS (Nauman), Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona
PLA©EBO / General Idea’s ¥en Boutique, Stampa Galerie, Basel



1990


AIDS, Project for Amsterdam trams, Amsterdam
General Idea, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
Fin de siècle, Koury Wingate Gallery, New York



1989


General Idea’s ¥en Boutique, Dörrie-Priess Galerie, Hamburg
AIDS, Project for the New York Subway System, New York
AIDS, Project for Spectacolor Board, Times Square, New York
Nightschool: The Academy of the Miss General Idea Pavillion, Mai 36 Galerie, Lucerne
AIDS (project for Stampa Galerie), Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt
General Idea 1968-1988, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
General Idea’s ¥en Boutique, Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne
General Idea, Hillman Holland Fine Arts, Atlanta
Test Pattern: TV Dinner Plates from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion, Koury Wingate Gallery, New York



1988


Test Pattern: TV Dinner Plates from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion, SPIRAL, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo
AIDS (window project), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
AIDS (poster project), Berlin
Mondo Cane (Distressed), Galerie Meyer-Hohmeister, Karlsruhe
AIDS Paintings, Koury Wingate Gallery, New York
AIDS, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto
AIDS (poster project), Toronto
General Idea, Stampa Galerie, Basel
AIDS (billboard project), Billboard Café, San Francisco
The Public and Private Domains of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion, Artspace, San Francisco
AIDS (poster project), San Francisco



1987


AIDS, Koury Wingate Gallery
AIDS (poster project), New York



1986-87


The Armoury of the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion (touring exhibition):
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 49th Parallel, New York University Art Gallery, California State University, Long Beach Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo


1986


P is for Poodle, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Cornucopia, Forest City Gallery, London
Ziggurat Paintings, Galerie Montenay-Delsol, Paris



1985


The Ruins of the Kroma Key Klub, de Vleeshal, Middleburg
Miss General Idea’s Achievement, International With Monument, New York



1984-85


The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion (touring exhibition):
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal


1984


General Idea's 1984, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Mondo Cane Kama Sutra, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva
Baby Makes 3, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Caniche à la Mode, Language Plus, Alma, Quebec
General Idea, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent
General Idea Media Works 1968-1984, Stampa Galerie, Basel, SWITZERLAND



1983


P is for Poodle: The Milky Way from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion:
Music Gallery, Toronto Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto General Idea's Jorge Zontal (curated by AA Bronson and Felix Partz), Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna
Mondo Cane, Stampa, Basel
General Idea's Mondo Cane Kama Sutra, Baronian Gallery, Brussels
Canile, Galerie Françoise Lambert, Milan



1982


Ziggurat Paintings (1968-69), Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
General Idea's Jorge Zontal (curated by AA Bronson and Felix Partz), A Space, Toronto
Colour Bar Lounge, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax



1981


The Honeymoon is Over, Stampa Galerie, Basel
Représentation Confusés, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
General Idea, 49th Parallel, New York



1980-81


The Miss General Idea Boutique, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto



1979


Consenting Adults, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Playing the Triangle, Samangallery, Genoa
Colour Bar Lounge, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
General Idea, Krinzinger Gallery, Innsbruck, AUSTRIA; Modern Art Gallery, Vienna
Test Tube, de Appel, Amsterdam
Ménage à Trois, Centre d'art contemporain, Geneva



1978


Reconstructing Futures, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Canada House, London Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris Ménage à Trois, Galerie Lucio Amelio, Naples
Three Men, Zona Galerie, Florence, ITALY; Galerie Laboratorio, Milan



1977


Artists and Models, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Going Thru the Motions, Galerie Optica, Montreal
The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Entries, Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, Calgary
The Frame of Reference, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver
S/HE, St. Lawrence College Gallery, Kingston
Sex and Responsibility, Nova Gallery, Vancouver



1976


Search for the Spirit, Galerie Gaetan, Geneva



1975


Going Thru the Notions, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto



1974


G.I. at the Western Front, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver



1973


Luxon V.B., Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Manipulating the Self, Galerie B, Montreal



1972


Light On, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto
Evidence of Body Binding, Galerie B, Montreal



1971


The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant Entries, Art Gallery of Ontario and A Space, Toronto



1970


Betty's (collaboration with Ken Coupland and Ron Terrill), 78 Gerrard Street West, Toronto
Off Hand (Felix Partz), 567 Gallery, Toronto
Good Enough to Eat (Jorge Zontal), Rochdale College Art Gallery, Toronto



1969


The Belly Store (collaboration with John Neon), 78 Gerrard Street West, Toronto
Waste Age, 78 Gerrard Street West, Toronto
Inside Today's Home, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto