press release

During fall 2011, Magasin 3 presents a selection of film works by the Dutch artist Marijke van Warmerdam. In absence of any clear beginning or end, seemingly insignificant events are expanded into poetic abstractions. Leaves carried by the wind, milk dripping into a glass of water, a bunch of flowers vibrating in a bicycle basket or white jet trails across the sky–the meditative simplicity of the films bestows upon the viewer a moment of stillness and titillating wonder based in the everyday.

In the exhibition at Magasin 3 swirling air is what connects three films that are otherwise totally independent works. Blondine (1995) is a close study of a woman drying her long hair. The hair drier blows her locks in circular motions. Wave (2006) documents a mule standing in a field of grain that sways rhythmically in the wind while the mule swings its tail. In Wind (2010) leaves and litter are blown through an industrial zone. The movement of the camera as it follows bits of plastic, feathers and dry leaves emphasizes the passage of the wind through an otherwise deserted area.

Curator Tessa Praun explains: The absence of any real action gives a sense of timelessness that is a welcome contrast to the hectic pace of everyday life. In the exhibition at Magasin 3 the chosen films, which are all silent, are shown on digital projectors for the first time. The mechanical hum of the film projector is absent making the visual experience in the room even more intense.

Marijke van Warmerdam (b. 1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. Since the early 1990s she has worked primarily in 16mm and 35mm film. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale and at institutions such as Wiener Secession, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, ICA in Boston, CCA in Kitakyushu, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Her collected works can be seen at a large touring retrospective beginning at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam this fall. Later on the exhibition will travel to Serralves Museum in Porto and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

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Marijke van Warmerdam
Kurator: Tessa Praun