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Black Box: Guido van der Werve on View at the Hirshhorn Museum
Guido Van der Werve. Still from Guido Van der Werve's "Nummer Acht (#8) everything is going to be alright," 2007, courtesy of the artist.
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents a new exhibition in the museum’s Black Box space. Since 2005, as part of its commitment to the creative possibilities of new media, the Hirshhorn’s Black Box has presented the work of a diverse range of emerging and established international artists. Organized by associate curator Kelly Gordon, the artist featured in this solo show is Guido van der Werve (Apr. 20–Aug. 9, 2009). Works by this artist have recently been acquired by the museum.

Guido van der Werve (b. 1977, Papendrecht, The Netherlands, lives and works in Amsterdam) is a man of many talents and interests. An accomplished classical pianist, composer, and chess player, he studied industrial design, archeology, and Russian before focusing on fine art—first on painting, then performance work, and finally, film. To date he has completed ten short film works that he describes as "possible scenarios of imaginary realities."

The artist is often at the center of his elaborate and sly dramas: playing piano on a float in the middle of a lake, launching an asteroid back to where it came from, greeting a flock of ballerinas in the middle of the street, hoisting a grand piano through his apartment window, and turning slowly (in the opposite direction of the earth’s rotation) while standing on the North Pole. In Nummer Acht (#8) everything is going to be alright, 2007, van der Werve plods just ahead of a gigantic ice-breaking ship as it crashes through the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland. He seems oblivious the giant craft at his heels. The romantic notion of his isolated and harrowing plight is made vivid by van der Werve’s daring performance. His stride is at once quaint and ambitious, dangerous and hilarious, ridiculous and sublime. He is a stand-in for everyman who presses on despite all peril.






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