Guido van der Werve 1977

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Guido van der Werve (1977, Papendrecht, NL) is a Dutch filmmaker and artist. He is best known for his video documented performances in which he pushes his own body to the limits; physically testing his endurance, exhaustion and perseverance. Scenes of the artist standing on the North Pole for 24 hours, completing a 1500 kilometer triatlon, setting himself on fire, or being hit by a car on full speed are examples of his extreme actions, that are accompanied by his own musical compositions. Van der Werve is currently working on a full-length feature film, due for completion in 2019. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Van der Werve switched to visual arts and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL). He was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL) in 2006 and 2007, took part in the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (US) in 2008, and was a resident at the Künstler-haus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) in 2011.

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Van der Werve’s work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (US); Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, Kyoto (JP); Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY (US); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (CH); Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv (IL); Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei (TW); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (DK); the High Line in New York, NY (US) and in many other venues and festivals. He is also included in the upcoming exhibition Freedom, curated by Hans Den Hartog Jager, at museum De Fundatie in Zwolle (NL). His work can be found in the collections of international museums and institutions, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY (US); Sammlung Goetz in Munich (DE); The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC (US); The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (NL); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (US); Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (IT) and others. Van der Werve’s musical compositions have been performed live in many occasions including by the Matangi Quartet at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (NL); the American Symphony Orchestra at MoMA/PS1 in new York, Ny (IS); the St. Louis Philharmonic at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO (US)and the Orchestra of Europe at the Clara Kirche for the Parcours section of Art Basel, Basel (CH).


Born 1977 in Papendrecht (NL) Lives and works in Hassi (FI), Berlin (DE) and Amsterdam (NL) Education / Residencies 2011 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) 2007-2008 International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, NY (US) 2006 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (NL) 2001-2003 Russian language, culture and literature, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL) 1998-2003 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL) 1997-1999 Conservatory, Rotterdam (NL) 1997-1998 Classical Archaeology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL) 1996-1997 Industrial Design, TU Delft, Delft (NL) Awards / Grants 2013 Gouden Kalf, for Best Short Film, Nederlands Film Festival (NL) 2012 Charlotte Köhler Award, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds (NL) 2010 Prix International d’Art Contemporain, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco (MC) 2009 Grant to Artists, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY (US) 2007 Peter Paul Peterich Fonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam (NL) Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (NL) 2006 Best Experimental Film, Kerry Film Festival, Blennerville (IE) 2004 Diamond Award, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin (DE) 2003 René Coelho Award, The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TBA, Amsterdam (NL) Selected Solo Exhibitions 2018 Auto Sacramental, FuturDome, Milan (IT) 2017 Nummer zeventien, killing time, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) 2016 Nummer zestien, the present moment, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY (US) Nummer zestien, the present moment, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (NL) Nummer zeventien, killing time, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (NL) Guido van der Werve, Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery, Kyoto (JP) Guido van der Werve, numbers 2 6 8 14, Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (US) 2015 Nummer zeventien, killing time, Monitor, Rome (IT) Nummer veertien, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (US) Guido van der Werve, Esker Foundation, Calgary, CA Guido van der Werve, Nummer veertien, M Woods, Beijing, CN Nummer acht, Kunstverein Vienna, Vienna (AT) 2014 Nummer veertien, Home, UMMA, Black box Media Gallery, Dearborn, MI (US) Cultural Cartographies, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT (US) Room by Room, The Warehouse Dallas, Dallas, TX (US) Nummer veertien, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (US) 2013 As far away as home - Paris to Warsaw, collaboration w/ CCA Ujazdowski Castle and Kunstverein Zurich (CH) Nummer acht, everything is going to be alright, Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux (FR) Guido van der Werve, GAMeC, Bergamo (IT) Nummer veertien, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) Nummer veertien, CCA, Warsaw (PL) Guido van der Werve, Secession, Vienna (AT) Nummer veertien, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) Nummer veertien, Guilliani Foundation, Rome (IT) 2012 Nummer veertien, Luhring Augustine gallery, New York, NY (US) Works 2003-2009, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, NY (US) Emotional Poverty, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) 2011 Emotional Poverty, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (NL) Minor Pieces, Models Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo (IE) Nummer vier, Opera House Vita Kuben, Umeå (SE) Nummer twaalf, New Media Series, Saint Louis Art Museum w/ World Chess Museum, Saint Louis, MO (US) 2010 Nummer twaalf, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (NL) Nummer twaalf, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY (US) Nummer twaalf, Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco, Chapelle de la Visitation, Monaco (MC) Minor Pieces, Basis, Frankfurt (DE) Minor Pieces, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (CA) Minor Pieces, Prefix, Toronto (CA) 2009 Blackbox, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (US) Guido van der Werve, Institute Néerlandais, Paris (FR) Minor Pieces, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna (AT) Minor Pieces, Kim? Laikmetïgäs Centrs, Riga (LV) Minor Pieces, DHC Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal (CA) Minor Pieces, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) Minor Pieces, de Hallen, Haarlem (NL) Minor Pieces, Site Gallery, Sheffield (UK) Minor Pieces, Monitor, Rome (IT) 2008 Nummer twee, La Maison Rouge, la Vestibule, Paris (FR) Everything is going to be alright, Hayward Gallery London (UK) Nummer acht, MTV television screen by Creative Time on Times Square, New York, NY (US) Nummer acht, Gallery Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA (US) On parity of days, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (CH) 2007 The clouds are more beautiful from above, TBA:07, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (US) Nummer acht, de Hallen, Haarlem (NL) Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst prijs, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL) 2006 The clouds are more beautiful from above, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (NL) Guido van der Werve, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (NL) Modern Times (volume 2), Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro (IT) 2005 Guido van der Werve, Monitor, Rome (IT) I don’t want to get involved in this, MUU Galleria, Helsinki (FI) We would feel much worse, if it wouldn’t be for the heavy sedatives, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin (DE) 2004 Guido van der Werve, René Coelho Award 2003, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (NL) 2003 Media Room, Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL) Video Event, Dieter Roth Academy, Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam (NL) Selected Performances 2016 Seventh Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, New York, NY (US) 2015 Sixth Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, New York, NY (US) 2014 Fifth Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, New York, NY (US) Home, a requiem, Clara Kirche w/ Orchestra of Europe, Parcours - Art Basel (CH) 2013 Fourth Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, New York, NY (US) Home, a requiem, St Andrews Church w/ Season Orchestra and Chamber choir of Moscow Conservatory, 400 years Russian/Dutch Friendship Festival, Moscow (RU) 2012 Home, a requiem, performed by the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Bagwell as part of the MoMA/PS1 sunday sessions, New York, NY (US) Third Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, part of Luhring Augustine’s show, New York, NY (US) 2011 Second Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, part of Performa 10, New York, NY (US) Nummer elf, chess piano concert in three movements. World Chess Hall of Fame, in collaboration with the St Louis Philharmonic, St. Louis, MO (US) Nummer elf, chess piano concert in three movements, PerformIC 2011 Trial & Error, Taxispalais, Innsbruck (AT) 2010 Nummer elf, chess piano concert in three movements, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) First Annual Running to Rachmaninoff run, part of Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York, NY (US) Nummer elf, chess piano concert in three movements, Marshall Chess Club, part of Performa 08, New York, NY (US) Selected Group Exhibitions 2019 Freedom, the fifty key Dutch artworks since 1968, curated by Hans Den Hartog Jager, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL) 2018 Extention.NL, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (RU) Hoehenrausch - Das anders ufer, OO Kulturquartier, Linz (AT) Hollywood and other Myths, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (IL) The walks academy, le Magasin, Grenoble (FR) En marche, Musee du Valais, Sion (CH) 2017 Melancholia - A Sebald variation, Somerset House, London (UK) Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967 - 2017, UB Galleries, Buffalo, NY (US) Eremi arte, Accademia di Belle Arti, l’Aquila (IT) Twenty/20, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) Rolling Snowball, CEAC, Djupivogur (IE) En Marche, Musee du Valais, Sion (CH) Slow, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK (US) Ocean Imaginaries, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (AU) Naturaleza. Refugio y recurso del hombre, CCK, Buenos Aires (AR) The Basilik, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York, NY (US) 2016 Everything Ok!, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Jubileum voorstelling 10 jaar Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (NL) The Position We’re In, Kansas City Art Institute Gallery, Kansas City, MO (US) Laboratoire de l’art, Musee des arts et metier, Paris (FR) Capitalist Melancholia, Halle 14, Leipzig (DE) Early Films, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US) All means are Sacred, M Woods, Beijing (CN) Landscape, territory and anthropocène, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (FR) Eppur si muove, Musee des Arts et Metiers, MUDAM, Paris (FR) 2015 L'Épais Réel, La Criée, Rennes (FR) Troubled Water. From Transcendental Aesthetics to the Global Economy, 10th Baltic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Szczecin (PL) Expeditie Land Art, Kunsthalle KAdE, Amersfoort (NL) Oh Muse, the Hallen Haarlem Summer Series, de Hallen, Haarlem (NL) Fairy Tales, Tapei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan (CN) Trial, Error, Art, the Holden Gallery, Manchester (CN) Eppur Si Muove, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (LU) White noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (CH) Doma Art Festival, Sofia (BG) Collective Collection, exposition autour de la collection de Laurent Fievet, BBB Centre d’Art, Toulouse (FR) In search of the Miraculous, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (UK) Obsession, Maison Particulière, Brussels (BE) Landscape in Motion - Cinematic Visions on an uncertain Tomorrow, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (AT) Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (TR) Dancing Light, let it move you, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL) Sebald Variations, CCCB, Barcelona (ES) Nordic Fact, Bang Centre, Montreal (CA) 2014 Days of Endless Time, The Hishhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (US) Dancing Light, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL) Fair Play - arte, video, MAXXI, museo d’arte del XXI secolo, Roma (IT) Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Dead Reckoning : Whorled Explorations, Kerala (IN) Lone Tree, Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY (US) Lucht in de Nederlandse kunst sinds 1850, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (NL) The Art of Sound, Prada Foundation, Architecture Biennial, Venice (IT) The Journey, Meet Factory Art Center, Prague (CZ) Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana (SI) Tactics for an impossible world, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo (BR) Dirge: Reflections on [Life and] Death, MOCA, Cleveland, OH (US) The Hidden Passengers, Apexart, New York, NY (US) 2013 Delta Flux, RuRu Gallery, Jakarta (ID) Karel’s Choice, Looking back at Contemporary Art, De Hallen, Haarlem (NL) Episode 4: tireless workers, insitu, Berlin (DE) Wit, Fotografie Museum, Rotterdam (NL) Name still unknown, Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, KCCC, Klaipėda (LT) Narcissistic Tendencies, NEST, The Hague (NL) The Magnetic North, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk (DK) Cresendo, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (AU) Geestverwanten, Rabo Art Zone, Utrecht (NL) Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home, Amsterdam (NL) On Nature, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (US) Open Form Exhibition, Art Athina, Athens (GR) Le pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille (FR) Selected Collections AMC Collection, Amsterdam (NL) Collezione La Gaia, Busca (IT) Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (US) Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT) Frans Hals Museum - De Hallen, Haarlem (NL) Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (IT) Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (US) LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Paris (FR) Mario Testino Collection, London (UK) Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht (NL) Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US) Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL) M Woods Museum, Beijing (CN) Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (NL) Rabobank Collection, Utrecht (NL) Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, TX (US) Sammlung Goetz, Munich (DE) Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL) Tema Celeste, Milan (IT) Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL) Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK)