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Guido van der Werve: Palpable Futility

Guido van der Werve: Palpable Futility

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Guido van der Werve: Palpable Futility

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Marente Bloemheuvel. Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 2022. Published in association with nai010 Publishers, Rotterdam.

196 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 24 x 29 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9789462086180

Dutch filmmaker Guido van der Werve (born 1977) is known for his dry humor embracing the beauty-cum-absurdity of human existence. Eye now proudly presents the first retrospective of Van der Werve, featuring a broad selection of his films as well as new work. Romanticism, nature and the sublime are never far away in the world of Van der Werve. We see the central figure, played by himself, as an insignificant and solitary individual in a landscape that overwhelms him. He hikes through spectacular mountain scenery, swims in a majestic river or plays piano on a raft floating across a northern European lake. He also spends a full 24 hours standing on the North Pole as the earth revolves beneath his feet. Van der Werve often films his extreme physical exertions, in which he battles with himself. His accomplishments include an epic triathlon in which he swims, cycles and runs between the church in Warsaw where Chopin’s heart is buried and his official grave in Paris, and a twelve-hour ultramarathon around his own house in Finland. His films combine autobiographical elements with themes such as classical music, endurance sport, chess and nature. Van der Werve, himself a gifted pianist, composes the music for many of his films. His work, depicting a tiny figure surrounded by overwhelming nature, is often associated with Romanticism. But besides extremes and melancholy, the films are sprinkled with dry wit. Born in Papendrecht in 1977, Guido van der Werve is internationally renowned for films in which he records performances. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and spent time in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Various authors approach the work from different perspectives. Barbara London, former MoMA curator and founder of the museum’s collection of video art, places it in an international art historical context. She acquired Van der Werve’s work for the MoMA. In addition to an interview and a literary contribution, the book includes essays about chess and the role of music, by Jaap Guldemond, Dirk van Weelden, Xander Karskens, Sara Crombach and Marian Cousijn.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Netherlands -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Video/Film --

Artist(s): Werve, Guido van der

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