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Guido van der Werve

Guido van der Werve was born 1977 in Papendrecht, the Netherlands. He was raised playing classical piano, but finally, after studying music, industrial design, classical archaeology and Russian, he joined the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, to study audiovisual arts. Van der Werve lives and works in Hassi, Finland, and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was a resident at International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York. In 2005 he was nominated for the Prix de Rome, in 2008 he received a grant from the F.C.A., New York, and in 2010 he received the Prix International d’Art Contemporain of the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

Guido van der Werve is an artist-filmmaker, musician and composer drawn to the major themes of life. In his films he uses a visual language, which is steeped in a sense of the sublime, and his music accompanying the image is melancholic. The whole setting reminds us of the romantic period in art with its fascination with the infinite discovered when facing nature. The second theme in van der Werve’s work is found in direct confrontation with thought. The immeasurable possibilities of mathematics (and thus music and chess) are so vast that the idea itself renders time mute and shows the nothingness of man. Van der Werve’s work becomes a contemplative experience, in which ideas of solitude and utopian discoveries are always central.

At PAC, van der Werve is combining three films, including his most recent nummer 12, a complex work assembling different leading themes in his oeuvre.