This artist's book gathers the 67 photographs that make up the contact sheet #234 of the photographs taken by Jef Geys during the 1969 Tour de France. Year of Eddy Merckx's first victory, the same day as the man's first step on the moon.
Published following the touring exhibition “Le Tour de France 1969 d'Eddy Merckx” at Cneai, Pantin; CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Bains-Douches d'Alençon; Centre d'art contemporain Passages, Troyes; IAC, Villeurbanne; and galerie Air de Paris between 2016 and 2018.
Jef Geys (1934-2018) was a Flemish artist. Both intimate and of social concern, his work is a permanent articulation between culture and triviality. In Geys' works, the private aspect of a personal event is always hidden within a collective effort. If the artist always intervened and experimented locally, his artwork is nonetheless carrying a global meaning. Since 1971 the artist had published the newspaper Kempsen Informatieblad, a documentary publication which accompanies every Geys' exhibition. Jef Geys represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 2009.