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Exhibtion, films, talks & events

Alex van Warmerdam

L'histoire kaputt

10 June — 2 September 2018

exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

Characters, objects and situations come to life in a mysteriously staged setting, complemented by big screens showing scenes from Van Warmerdam’s films. All elements of the exhibition testify to the down-to-earth imagination and idiosyncratic approach of Alex van Warmerdam as a maker of films and works for the stage, as well as a writer and painter.

A man lifts a big black thing out of a closet, there is a composite girl, and there are creatures in the forest. Eye presents new work by Alex van Warmerdam in an exhibition specially designed for the film museum.

exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

At the invitation of Eye Filmmuseum, Alex van Warmerdam (1952) created an exhibition with new films, installations and objects. Film, theatre, design and painting come together in L’histoire kaputt, a term that denotes a wondrous world where things are completely convincingly different from how they appear.

Living room

Placed in the exhibition gallery is a big storage tank containing a ‘composite girl’ lying among the bushes. There is an open book where her head should be. A painting, over four metres in length, depicts two businessmen floating on a raft out at sea. Stop motion films show a constantly changing painting, and visitors can take turns to enter a living room and meet the occupants. Positioned between the works are big screens that show fragments from Van Warmerdam’s feature films, among them De Noorderlingen (1992), De Jurk (1996), Borgman (2013) and Schneider vs. Bax (2015).

exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

Film programme

Alex van Warmerdam made his debut in 1986 with Abel, which immediately won two Golden Calf awards at the Netherlands Film Festival. Van Warmerdam broke through internationally with De Noorderlingen (1992), the Dutch entry for that year’s Oscars, which also won the European Film Award for Best Film. Borgman (2015) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
publication Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt

Publication

Accompanying the exhibition is a publication with a selection of Van Warmerdam’s poems, scenes from plays, images from his films and theatre performances, posters and paintings. In addition, the literary periodical De Gids has invited a range of writers and poets, whose work displays a comparable originality, to respond to Van Warmerdam’s work. Published by Eye in collaboration with Nieuw Amsterdam.

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Podcast

The VPRO programme Nooit Meer Slapen and Eye have produced a four-part series of podcasts. In addition to an extensive conversation with Alex van Warmerdam, the series includes conversations with nine people who work closely with him or have followed the artist for a long time, among them Annet Malherbe, Marc van Warmerdam and Ariane Schluter.

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My Daily Shot of Culture's Jip and Blijde vlogged about their visit to the exhibition. They interviewed Alex van Warmerdam, exhibition visitors and Director of Exhibitions Jaap Guldemond.

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exhibition interior Alex van Warmerdam - L'histoire kaputt (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

credits

Director of exhibitions / Curator

Jaap Guldemond

Associate curator

Marente Bloemheuvel

Project managers

Claartje Opdam, Sanne Baar

Installation

Syb Sybesma, Amsterdam; Atelier Geert Paredis, Antwerp

Light

Maarten Warmerdam, Theatermachine, Amsterdam

Graphic design exhibition texts

Joseph Plateau

Technical production

Rembrandt Boswijk, Indyvideo, Utrecht; Bo Jansen; Elmer Leupen

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