Selected works by Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde
Nimbus II


Lambda print

125 x 186 cm
Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde is interested in the ephemeral -- impermanent states of being which he documents through photographs. For Nimbus II, he used a smoke machine, combined with moisture and dramatic lighting to create a hovering indoor cloud in the empty setting of a sixteenth-century chapel in Hoorn, a small town in Holland. ‚ÄúI imagined walking into a museum hall with just empty walls. The place even looked deserted. On the one hand I wanted to create an ominous situation. You could see the cloud as a sign of misfortune. You could also read it as an element out of the Dutch landscape paintings in a physical form in a classical museum hall.‚ÄĚ

Berndnaut Smilde's Biography

Berndnaut Smilde
Born in Groningen, 1978
Lives and works in Amsterdam


NP3, Groningen

Bunker Project, Galerie West The Haque
Nimbus, Probe, Arnhem

Carcass Divided, De Kijkkasten, Amsterdam

Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IE

MOOT Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Collectie Marcel, DISplay, NP3, Groningen


Keywords 2012: Asynchronous Lifeworld, Jumin Museum, Taipai, Taiwan
Viaggio al centro della Terra, Palazzo della Frumentaria. Museo di Città, Sassari, Sardenya, IT
Out Of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
ManifestAanwezig, Kasteel D’aspremont-Lynden, Rekem, BE
Supermarket 2012, with Tupajumi, kulturhuset, Stockholm, SE
Re:Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Multi Solo, Tetem, Enschede
OSTRALE'011, Dresden, DE
Kammerspiele, Mischpoke, Mönchengladbach, DE
Zomerexpo 2011, Gemeentemuseum, The Haque
Partial Illusion-Defiliecour Ekstra, Runde Ecke, Dresden, DE

O Fortuna, Bi√ęnnale Gelderland, with Suze May Sho, Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen
I Am Solitary I Am An Army, curated by Beers.Lambert, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Cantavida, with Butje (Vincent Bruijn/Jeroen Brouwer/Berndnaut Smilde), Secondroom, Brussels, BE

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Live at No. 8, Galway, IE
Automatic, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak & Gavin Murphy, Auto Italia South East, London, UK
Automatic, Pallas Contemporary projects, Dublin, IE
Welcome to the Neighbourhood, curated by Michele Horrigan, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, IE
The Art and Collections III, DISplay, NP3, Groningen
Top 40, L.A. Centre of Digital Art, Los Angeles, and UCR California Museum of Photography, US
Ut-Opia / Super City, Expodium, Utrecht
Visit.2008, Open studios Dublin, IMMA-ARP studios, Dublin, IE
NP3's Grande Biennale: Concours Néerlandais, Kunsteyssen, Alkmaar
Piece of the pie, Minerva Academy, Groningen

Your Live Is Now A Little Shorter, My House Projects, Derby, UK
One; & the other painting, curated by Tim Chen Chuanxi, W139/basement, Amsterdam
Npeg, videobusstop, NP3, Groningen
Focus & diversity, alumnishow, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
She gave her hands to callosity, with Jeroen Brouwer, Medium Gallery, Groningen

Intercity, De Fabriek, Eindhoven
= More, Kunstvlaai 6, Amsterdam

Frank Mohr at OC&W, Department of Education, Science and Culture, The Hague
Trailer, Final Presentation MFA Painting, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
Things Apart, with Jeroen Brouwer, Expodium, Utrecht
De Brink, with Jeroen Brouwer, Hunze & Aa’s Waterschap, Veendam
FMI in Minerva Academy, Groningen
PPF, curated by Roos Gortzak, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen

WHITE, with Jeroen Brouwer, Galerie Sign, Groningen
Sporen van het spullenbeest, curated by Wim T. Schippers, University Museum, Groningen
Qlub ID, with Jeroen Brouwer and Vincent Bruijn, NP3, Groningen

Photophuck, NP3, Groningen

Art Primeur 2002, CBK, Dordrecht
Lentesalon, with Jeroen Brouwer, Pictura, Groningen
DeFKa, Assen

Galerie Boven De Bank, Groningen
Galerij de Lawei, Drachten
Final Presentation Minerva Academy, Groningen