Bas Jan Ader was born in 1942 in Winschoten, Netherlands. He was last seen in 1975 when he took off in what would have been the smallest sailboat ever to cross the Atlantic. The journey was to be the second part of a triptych called In Search of the Miraculous. Ader's work was first shown in the United States in a three-person exhibition organized by Metro Pictures’s Helene Winer at the Pomona College Museum of Art in 1972. München Kunstverein organized a major exhibition in 2000 that travelled to Bonner Kunstverein and Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany. He has been the subject of numerous additional one-person exhibitions, including at Camden Arts Center, London; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Portikus, Frankfurt; and Kunsthalle Basel. His work is included in the 57th Venice Biennale.