NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG. A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR

FEBRUARY 28 – MAY, 2019

There is an element of seduction when encountering films by Nathalie Djurberg (*1978) and Hans Berg (*1978)—striking and immediate, they attract the viewer into colorful, suggestive worlds accompanied by hypnotic music. Their playfully told, dismal fables full of black humor examine the great questions of humankind.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, One Need Not Be a House, The Brain Has Corridors, 2018, Stop motion animation, 08:18 Min., © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the Swedish artist duo’s oeuvre for the first time in Germany in an extensive survey exhibition.

Djurberg and Berg let their figures step into action in isolated places, in the forest, in a cave, a chamber, or on a stage, where they are driven by an unconscious inner longing or experience painful, sometimes even comical situations. The artists take visitors to the exhibition on a journey into the interior of humankind—with films that resemble absurd dreams and suppressed memories and explore the limits of what is humanly tolerable in a dense atmosphere.

The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet in collaboration with MART, Rovereto, and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.


NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG. A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR

30.11.2018 | There is an element of seduction when encountering films by Nathalie Djurberg (*1978) and Hans Berg (*1978)—striking and immediate, they attract the viewer into colorful, suggestive worlds accompanied by hypnotic music. Their playfully told, dismal fables full of black humor examine the great questions of humankind. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting the Swedish artist duo’s oeuvre for the first time in Germany in an extensive survey exhibition. On display are some 40 video and sound works from the past two decades, including early videos such as My Name Is Mud (2003) and Tiger Licking Girl’s Butt (2004), large-format spatial installations like The Parade (2011), The Potato (2008) and The Experiment (2009), recent works such as One Need Not Be a House, The Brain Has Corridors (2018), and Dark Side of the Moon (2017), numerous sculptures, and the duo’s first virtual-reality work It Will End in Stars (2018).

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Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, One Need Not Be a House, The Brain Has Corridors, 2018, Stop motion animation, 8:18 Min., © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Dark Side of the Moon, 2017, Stop motion animation, video, music, 6:40 Min., © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Worship, 2016, Stop motion animation, video, music, 8:26 Min., © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Worship (Sausage with Two Bathing Rings), 2016, Fabric, epoxy resin, silicone, color, filling, wire, motor, Ca. 60 x 15 x 15 cm, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 Photo: Filippo Armellin

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, I Wasn’t Made to Play the Son, 2011, Stop motion animation, video, music, 5:57 Min., © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Open Window, 2011, Stop motion animation, video, music, 5:54 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Greed, 2009, Stop motion animation, video, music, 10:45 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Installation view "The Experiment" at Moderna Museet 2018, Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, We Are Not Two, We Are One, 2008, Stop motion animation, video, music, 5:33 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, It’s the Mother, 2008, Stop motion animation, video, music, 6:00 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Florentin, 2004, Stop motion animation, video, music, 3:36 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, The Mad Tea Party, 2004, Stop motion animation, video, music, 3:58 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, My Name is Mud, 2003, Charcoal animation, video, music, 7:48 min, © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg. Berlin, Germany, Photo: David Neman