Marijke van Warmerdam
Close by in the Distance

Marijke van Warmerdam
Rrrolle – red, 2011
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 0’32”
ca. 300 × 400 cm
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Leaves and a feather dancing in the wind, flowers in bloom, and a girl performing a handstand: the works of Marijke van Warmerdam explore simple things in a remarkable way. Born in 1959, Van Warmerdam lives and works in Amsterdam and Karlsruhe. She constructs images and uses photographic and filming techniques in a way that opens up unexpected perspectives and accentuates the quiet beauty of small things.

The artist is best known for her short, looped recordings. The Kunsthalle will be showing some of her well-known films such as Handstand (1992), Skytypers (1997), and Couple (2010) as projections. Alongside her videos and films, the artist will also be exhibiting sculptures and film stills printed on canvas and partially painted with acrylics.

Van Warmerdam does not tell stories in her work. Instead, she relies on the visual power of her motifs: a falling drop of milk that slowly dissipates in a glass of water in Dream Machine (2006), or the autumn leaves carried along by light gusts of wind through an abandoned industrial landscape in Wind (2010).

Combining sound with autonomous sculpture is a new approach for the artist. Until now, she has mainly relied on the symbiosis between sound and title to produce powerful pictures. But the architecture of the spaces where her works are placed also serve as inspiration – for example in “New balls, please!”, a work specially created for this exhibition, a zigzag front and vibrating windows interact with the hugely expansive window frontage in the Kunsthalle’s Seitenlichtsaal.

By freeing commonplace objects from their everyday context, Van Warmerdam reveals unusual ways of seeing and experiencing the world. The endlessly repeating looped films have a hypnotic effect. Van Warmerdam’s works evoke multiple layers of reality and lead us to the boundary between dreams and the real world. With a veneer of lightness, her works include subtle interventions like tilts, twists, turns and reflections that present us with new ways of seeing. These often minimal changes ultimately encourage us to move through the world a little more attentively, with our eyes a little wider open.

Bilder

Marijke van WarmerdamBeer (Bär), 19972 16-mm-Loops,digitalised, colour,6’20” and 3’57”Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Marijke van Warmerdam
Beer (Bär), 1997
2 16-mm-Loops,
digitalised, colour,
6’20” and 3’57”
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Marijke van WarmerdamBig bag, 1997Computer, motors, cartons, paper195 × 110 × 60 cmVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
Big bag, 1997
Computer, motors, cartons, paper
195 × 110 × 60 cm
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamMarijke van WarmerdamDream machine, 200635-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’39”Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo; Caldic Collectie, Wassenaar

Marijke van Warmerdam
Marijke van Warmerdam
Dream machine, 2006
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’39”
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo; Caldic Collectie, Wassenaar

Marijke van WarmerdamDream machine‘s bison, 2007Acrylic paint, inkjet printing on canvas200 × 258 mmAlberto Tashun Collection Amsterdam

Marijke van Warmerdam
Dream machine‘s bison, 2007
Acrylic paint, inkjet printing on canvas
200 × 258 mm
Alberto Tashun Collection Amsterdam

Marijke van WarmerdamDream machine‘s sea-horses, 2007Acrylic paint, inkjet printing on canvas200 × 258 mmCollection Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Marijke van Warmerdam
Dream machine‘s sea-horses, 2007
Acrylic paint, inkjet printing on canvas
200 × 258 mm
Collection Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Marijke van WarmerdamHandstand, 199216-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 1’40”Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
Handstand, 1992
16-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 1’40”
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamHier gibt es höhere Wesen, 2005pyrite in bedrock and stone, metal, colour21,5 × 21 × 21,5 cmAlberto Tashun Collection Amsterdam

Marijke van Warmerdam
Hier gibt es höhere Wesen, 2005
pyrite in bedrock and stone, metal, colour
21,5 × 21 × 21,5 cm
Alberto Tashun Collection Amsterdam

Marijke van WarmerdamLichte Stelle, 200016-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’53”Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

Marijke van Warmerdam
Lichte Stelle, 2000
16-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’53”
Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

Marijke van WarmerdamMet losse handen (freehand), 200435-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’18”Collection Hoffmann, Berlin; Mudam, Luxemburg

Marijke van Warmerdam
Met losse handen (freehand), 2004
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 2’18”
Collection Hoffmann, Berlin; Mudam, Luxemburg

Marijke van WarmerdamNew balls, please!, 2014multichannel-sound installation, 8’30”Wood, glas, metal, speaker, sound-equipment19 × 2,80 × 1,35 mVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
New balls, please!, 2014
multichannel-sound installation, 8’30”
Wood, glas, metal, speaker, sound-equipment
19 × 2,80 × 1,35 m
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamOpen, dicht (open, closed), 1991Wood, colour220 × 120 × 120 cmCollection AkzoNobel Art Foundation

Marijke van Warmerdam
Open, dicht (open, closed), 1991
Wood, colour
220 × 120 × 120 cm
Collection AkzoNobel Art Foundation

Marijke van WarmerdamRrrolle – blue, 201135-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 0’53”ca. 300 × 400 cmVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
Rrrolle – blue, 2011
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 0’53”
ca. 300 × 400 cm
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamRrrolle – red, 201135-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 0’32”ca. 300 × 400 cmVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
Rrrolle – red, 2011
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 0’32”
ca. 300 × 400 cm
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamSkytypers, 199716-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 6’23”Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussel; Centre Pompidou, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Marijke van Warmerdam
Skytypers, 1997
16-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 6’23”
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussel; Centre Pompidou, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Marijke van WarmerdamVuilnisbak (Mülltonne), 1995Zinc-wastebin, gold leaf, lacquer65 x Ø 35 cmVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van Warmerdam
Vuilnisbak (Mülltonne), 1995
Zinc-wastebin, gold leaf, lacquer
65 x Ø 35 cm
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; MHKA, Antwerpen

Marijke van WarmerdamWave, 200635-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 3‘12‘‘Collection Hoffmann, Berlin; Mudam, Luxemburg

Marijke van Warmerdam
Wave, 2006
35-mm-Loop, digitalised, colour, 3‘12‘‘
Collection Hoffmann, Berlin; Mudam, Luxemburg

Sup­port­ed by

mondriaan fund
Sammlung Rheingold
Königreich der Niederlande

The exhibition and catalogue have been produced in cooperation with

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam