News — 2 Mar 2020
Although Frank Uwe Laysiepen (Solingen, 30 November 1943 – Ljubljana, 2 March 2020) had been ill for some time, his death still comes as a shock. Over the past months, Rein Wolfs, director of the Stedelijk Museum, and Hripsimé Visser, curator, had been working closely with the artist on an upcoming show at the Stedelijk Museum, scheduled to open this November. Just a few weeks ago, in liaison with Ulay, they made a first choice of art works of the show. The Stedelijk Museum will finalise preparations for the exhibition in close cooperation with the Ulay Foundation.
“It is with deep regret that we learned today of the news that Ulay has passed away. Over the last few months, we had been in close contact concerning his upcoming show at the Stedelijk, and this news comes as an enormous shock. The art world has lost a pioneer in performance art, and Amsterdam has lost one of the driving forces in the city’s artistic community since the 1970s. Ulay made a momentous contribution to the art world in Amsterdam. Our thoughts are with Lena, his wife. We will continue to work on the exhibition with her and the Ulay Foundation.”