Vernissage of the exhibition “Time Is Ticking” in the General Staff Building, State Hermitage Museum
On November 20th the Festival will present the exhibition of Holland artist Marijke van Warmerdam “Time Is Ticking” – is the first project implemented by the State Hermitage to be fully dedicated to one of the most progressive and rapidly developing directions of modern art: that is, video art. With this exhibition linked directly to the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage, the Contemporary Art Department will start a series of projects aimed at familiarizing the museum visitors both with classic pieces of this genre, and with the young author’s creative work.
Marijke van Warmerdam is a Netherland artist working in a variety of media, from sculpture and fine art to photo and video, and made her name with short loopback films. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta 10 in Kassel, as well as in the Venice, Berlin, and Sydney biennales; her pieces are represented in famous museums such as the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
In her minimalistic and plot-free video compositions, van Warmerdam focuses on simple objects and situations, and by endless repetition separates them from the original context to turn them into a sort of a “per-se” experience. The viewer finds himself involved in a hypnotic process of watching, experience, and, ultimately, creative cooperation.
For the exhibition “Time Is Ticking”, at the State Hermitage, the artist has prepared four video compositions focused on research into time as a special medium, and into its characteristics. Material works are also represented along with the films.