Lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Kortrijk (BE).
David Claerbout is fascinated by the way we observe the world and by the function of our visual memory. He raises questions about how we perceive our surroundings and how we deal with the passage of time. This artist’s work investigates the boundaries between photography and film, between still- and moving images, between animation and digital image-manipulation. Existing photographic or film material, like old black-and-white photos, are his points of departure. David Claerbout then, for example, presents large blow-ups of black-and-white images in video installations, and brings them to life by subtly activating certain details. He uses the latest techniques to add minimal movement to the original still image. Conversely, he brings video images to standstill as well. Important here is the elapse of time: by looking at Claerbout’s work, we become almost physically conscious of time’s eternal march. Small changes in apparently frozen images, the slow creep of light and shadow over a stilled landscape – the constant repetition of (inter)actions or the blowing of new life into archive material, make us ever more aware that nothing and no-one can put time to a halt.
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Nasty Girl (Christmas Wis...
David Claerbout, Nasty Girl (Christmas Wishes), 2012. Drawing, paper, watercolour , 46 x 61 cm.
Fitness, lichte oefeningen
David Claerbout, Fitness, lichte oefeningen, 1995-2014. Print, ink, paper, 5 x (40 x 60) + (30 x 40) cm.
Oil workers (from the She...
David Claerbout, Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria, returning home from work, caught in torrential rain), 2013. Video, single-channel video projection, hd animation, colour, silent, endless.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
LATT: Dialogue #4 David C...
24 October 2014 - 18 January 2015.
Lonely at the Top (LATT) on the sixth floor has been a platform for dialogue since 2014. In four episodes, an established name in the Belgian
28 April 2017 - 31 December 2021.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Charif Benhelima, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Craigie Horsfield, Vlad Monroe, Sergey Bratkov, N.
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public