Djurberg & Berg represent one of Sweden’s most remarkable oeuvres in the international art scene. For Wanås Konst, they are creating their first large outdoor installation, present an installation in the art gallery, and debut a new film. work In the new works, they use sculpture, sound, and light to reinforce and distort experiences of nature. In recent years, they have moved from film to sculpture, as in a constant spiral of transpositions, and wandered from figurative to abstract and back again.
At Wanås Konst, we meet the different faces of their practice. In the park, they present their first large scale outdoor work, In Dreams, 2016, a sculpture group that takes nature as its starting point—but in a transformed version. The sculptures are reflected in a silvery, shimmering material. They refer to Alice in Wonderland in the new work, and Djurberg describes the group of sculptures as a teenage party: “The teenager’s conviction, with that fantastic self-assurance, that she knows absolutely everything and has a firm grasp on reality has been displaced; it is like waking up with one foot in this world and the other in an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world.”
The relatives of this sculpture group reside in the Wonderland of Djurberg & Berg, acorns wear ruffled underpants, a bird in heavy makeup smokes out of its rear end, and another bird, its eyes wide open, appears to be in a trance.
In the Art Gallery, they present a completely new film, the stop-motion animation Worship, 2016. With this, Djurberg & Berg return to clay animations after having worked in recent years with more abstract motifs and landscapes in charcoal and chalk as animated films. In the action, sexuality is ever-present: victims and perpetrators switch roles, evil is everywhere, characters exploit and are exploited. On the Art Gallery’s upper floor, the installation Gates of the Festival, 2014, is being shown for the first time in Sweden. This work combines neon sculptures that are synchronized with music and moving pictures.
Nathalie Djurberg (born in 1978 in Lysekil) & Hans Berg (born in 1978 in Rättvik) are two of Sweden’s most remarkable artists of their generation. Djurberg began working with film while studying at Malmö Art Academy, and her animations of clay figures have attracted attention in large-scale solo exhibitions internationally. She and composer Hans Berg form a duo that has allowed the animations to wander off the screen and has created threedimensional sculptures, installations, and stage designs with surrealist influences. Djurberg & Berg are based in Berlin. Since the Venice Art Biennale in 2009, they have investigated sculpture as expression and allow us to enter new worlds populated by birds, giant fruits, and glazed donuts. In Sweden, Djurberg & Berg’s films were shown in a large exhibition at Kristianstad art gallery in 2010, and in 2012, they had a comprehensive exhibition at Röda Sten in Gothenburg. Their international exhibitions include Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, and Fondazione Prada in Milan. They have recently been featured in solo exhibitions at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne, and Gió Marconi in Milan, as well as in group exhibitions such as The Great Mother at Fondazione Trussardi, An Introduction at Fondazione Prada, Arts and Foods at the Triennalle di Milano, as well as in Milan.
Preview: Sunday, May 15, 2016.
Exhibition period: May 15 – November 6, 2016.