Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents a major retrospective of works by the Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg. In addition to ten films from the period 2004-2010 and earlier work transferred from 8 mm, the museum is showing her most recent installation ‘Snakes Knows it’s Yoga’ as part of an international partnership with other venues. The music in Djurberg’s films and videos is composed by Hans Berg.
In the Bodon galleries you will discover a world in which fantasy, virtue, pleasure and fear have the upper hand. Enter Nathalie Djurberg’s surreal world of stop-motion animation, colour and music. The installation ‘Snakes Knows it’s Yoga’ consists of sculptures and projected animated films.
Nathalie Djurberg’s films are surreal fables that deal with life’s big themes. In ‘Snakes Knows it’s Yoga’ she explores our fear of death. In one of the films you will see a naked young woman dancing ecstatically with a colourful frog. Re-enacting a shamanistic ritual, she licks the poisonous frog in an attempt to reach a higher consciousness. Although eroticism, mortality, loneliness and other existential issues play such an important role, her work always remains light-hearted and humorous. The soundtracks for Nathalie Djurberg’s films are composed by Hans Berg.
Hans Berg Concert
Hans Berg will give a one-off concert during Rotterdam Museum Night on 5 March. From 11.00 to 11.45 p.m. he will provide live music for several of Nathalie Djurberg’s films. This is a unique opportunity to see the composer at work. If you want to attend, you can buy a ticket from www.rotterdamsemuseumnacht.nl or at the ticket desk in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen during regular opening hours.
ArtTube has made a video portrait of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. This video can be seen in the exhibition and from 5 March at Arttube.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has published a richly illustrated catalogue in partnership with the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hanover and Kunstforeningen GL Strand in Copenhagen. The catalogue is available from the museum shop and from the web shop from 5 March. Price: €30, ISBN 978-3-86984-198-4.