Marijke van Warmerdam
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Lynne Cooke has been curator of Dia Art Foundation in New York since 1991 and chief curator at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. In addition, she works as curator for various exhibitions throughout the world. In 2003 she organised the online exhibition ‘And then the chimney smokes‘ with Marijke van Warmerdam in the context of ‘Artist’s Project for the Web’ of the Dia.
The painter Marlene Dumas (Cape Town 1953) has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1976. She met Marijke van Warmerdam in 1994, and exhibited together with her and Maria Roosen at the Biennial of Venice in 1995 (compiled by Chris Dercon) and in a travelling exhibition in Italy and Austria (compiled by Rudi Fuchs) in 2004.
Kees van Gelder
Kees van Gelder, owner and founder of the Amsterdam Galerie Van Gelder, is the gallery owner who represents Marijke van Warmerdam. In 1995, he organised the first solo exhibition of Van Warmerdam in his gallery.
Jan Debbaut (Temse, 1949) is guest curator of the exhibition ‘Close by in the distance’ which can be seen in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 28 October 2011 to 22 January 2012. He was museum director of the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven (1988-2003) and collections director of Tate Modern and Tate Britain (2003 - 2006) and now works as freelance curator and consultant in the international art world. Jan Debbaut got to know Marijke van Warmerdam in the period in which he was museum director of the Van Abbe Museum. In 1997, he put on the exhibition ‘Single, double, diagonal’, Van Warmerdam’s first museum solo exhibition in the Netherlands.
Quote Bianca Stigter
Marlene Dumas is reading a fragment from a text Bianca Stigter wrote for the exhibition catalogue of 'Single, Double, Crosswise' for the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven in 1997.
Bianca Stigter, Single, Double, Crosswise, exhibition catalogue Eindhoven (Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum) 1997, p. 32
Characteristic for Van Warmerdam’s films in the use of the ‘loop’: an endless repetition of a film in which the beginning and the end fit seamlessly together. The movement comes as it were to to a standstill in these loops. The looped films often seem simple recordings, but they are almost always carefully constructed by Marijke van Warmerdam herself. This is also true of this hand stand from 1992.
Documentaire 'Dichtbij in de verte'
This video is shorter version of a more extended documentary, made by Rudolf Evenhuis. This longer version was shown during the exhibition ‘Close by in the distance’ in the museum’s auditorium, on the following Saturdays: 12 and 26 November, 10 and 17 December, 7 and 21 January 2012.
Marijke van Warmerdam’s view of the world is light - a certain sense of humour cannot be denied - but also surprising and refreshing. She shows us the world from an unexpected angle. Film maker Rudolf Evenhuis asked four people in Marijke van Warmerdam’s professional circle to reflect on her work. While Marijke van Warmerdam is preoccupied with parrots and cameras, curator Jan Debbaut explains that she ‘knocks’ the stories out of her work, artist Marlene Dumas talks about ‘catching airplanes’ and gallery owner Kees van Gelder suggests that ‘scratching things bare’ in her work is ‘a bit Dutch’. Curator Lynne Cooke adds that to talk about her work is ‘almost unneccesary’.
Direction: Rudolf Evenhuis
Camera: Sander Snoep
Editing: Rudolf Evenhuis & Caroline Baan