Opening Wednesday, September 16th 2015, from 7 to 9 pm From September 17th till October 31st From Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm Giò Marconi is very pleased to announce, “A Thief Caught in the Act”, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Ten years after their debut at Giò Marconi, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg have returned to the gallery space and have transformed it into a mysterious landscape inhabited by colourful bird sculptures on tables and enigmatic black and white waterfall animations. In this new body of work the artists continue their play with light and shadow but with a more theatrical impetus. At Giò Marconi the scenery is lit very dramatically: the dark exhibition room is populated by 7 wooden tables that do all come with a spotlight which illuminates several differently sized and coloured birds with small pills. These spotlights do all switch on and off at varying intervals. When turned on, the visitor becomes a witness of the robbery that is taking place right in front of his eyes: all birds have multi-coloured little pills in their beaks which they are about to steal – they are all feathered thieves caught in the act: there is a parade of six seemingly dancing smaller birds that appear to be surprised by their discovery and that seem to run away from the crime scene; a big blue pelican strides away gingerly with his loot in his beak whereas a dark brownish owl seems to pause and reconsider her deed; a bright red and orange bird on one leg almost falls off the table while trying to escape the crime scene… Their facial expressions are manifold but their actions are always the same: to flee their discovery and the nosy glance of the beholder and to leave their sites of crime behind. Besides the bird sculptures several new videos are on display. Upon entering the gallery space the visitor gets immediately dragged into Djurberg and Berg’s world – 4 new charcoal animations with colour blocks and sound are being projected onto the entrance wall of the gallery. In these “Waterfall Variations”, Djurberg applies her characteristic stop motion technique and has flowing and sputtering waterfalls running through exotic landscapes populated by lush palm trees, delicate bonsai trees or dark fir tree forests. The various colour blocks that are slowly gliding over the landscapes make the black and white scenes less gloomy and leave the viewer with a sense of meditative calmness. Hans Berg’s music perfectly translates the movement of the water into sound and shows a broad spectrum from lively, sparkling and almost nervous cadences to darkly gurgling, intensely melancholic and solemn parts to very zen-like intervals. “A Thief Caught in the Act” is a body of work that was initially developed for the ARoS Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. The exhibition in Aarhus will inaugurate on October 22nd and a second set of birds will be on display in the Danish museum. The exhibition at Giò Marconi will run concurrently with several group exhibitions in Milan which showcase works by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: “The Great Mother “curated by Massimiliano Gioni at the Fondazione Trussardi; “Arts and Foods” curated by Germano Celant at the Triennale Museum; “An Introduction” at the Fondazione Prada. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Nathalie Djurberg (b. Lysekil, Sweden, 1978) and Hans Berg (b. Rättvik, Sweden, 1978) live and work in Berlin. In 2009, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg participated in the 53rd Venice Biennial “Making Worlds” curated by Daniel Birnbaum wherefore they had been awarded the Silver Lion for Best Emerging Artists. Most recent solo exhibitions: “Maybe this is a Dream”, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2014); “The Black Pot”, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2013); “The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg”, New Museum, New York (2012) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); “A World of Glass”, Camden Arts Centre, London (2011); “Snakes know it’s Yoga”, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011) and Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2010); Kristianstad Konsthall, Kristianstad (2010). Most recent group exhibitions: “The great Mother”, Fondazione Trussardi, Milan (2015); “An Introduction”, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2015); “Arts and Foods”, Triennale di Milano, Milan (2015); “sense (Un)Certainty: A Private Collection”, Knsthaus Zurich, Zurich (2015); “DlectriCITY – Nuit Blanche Detroit”, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (2014); “Inside”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); “Broken. Slapstick, Comedy und schwarzer Humor”, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2014); “In the Heart of the Country”, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2013). Upcoming solo shows: ACCA – Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2015); ARoS – Aarhus (2015); PICA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth (2016); Wanås Konst – Sculpture Park – The Wanås Foundation, Vanås (2016). Public collections: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Borås Konstmuseum, Borås; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. With the contribution of Giacomini Investimenti S.p.a. Grandi Architetture & Partners Press contacts Giulia Tiraboschi giulia@giomarconi.com Giovanna Bertoni giovanna@giomarconi.com Giò Marconi via Tadino, 20 20124 Milan tel +39 02 2940 4373 fax +39 02 2940 5573 info@giomarconi.com www.giomarconi.com
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