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Jef Geys (1934 – 2018)

A reblog, again.


A cup of coffee in Balen


My first contact with Jef Geys was by post back in 2009. I had sent him a copy of the most recent book of the Flemish Community’s new acquisitions. A week later I found an envelope in my pigeonhole containing a short letter written in capitals: “Hello Iris, thank you for the book. Always welcome in Balen for a cup of coffee. Kind regards, Jef Geys.” I stowed the envelope away in the drawer of my desk where it lay for years, and every time I passed through Balen railway station (never alighting from the train) on my way to my home in the far east of the country, I thought of that still unconsumed cup of coffee with Jef Geys.

Five years later in the summer of 2014 and now Head of Collection at S.M.A.K., I contacted Jef Geys again, this time…

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