Guido van der Werve’s “Nummer 9″ at High Line Art – New York City

March 11th, 2013 by

Guido van der Werve, Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, 2007, Courtesy Luhring Augustine, New York and the artist

March 11 – May 6, 2013

High Line Art is pleased to announce that Dutch artist Guido van der Werve will present his 2007 video Nummer negen, the day I didn’t turn with the world, on High Line Channel 14, a series of outdoor projections of art videos in the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line at West 14th Street. Guido van der Werve is known for stunningly poetic videos, which often portray desolated landscapes, melancholic subjects, and epic, at times humorous, journeys. Often accompanied by classical music, van der Werve’s videos are mesmerizing tableaux in which the artist touches upon issues of mortality, sublime beauty, and the impossible feat to defy the inexorable course of nature.

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Guido van der Werve’s “Nummer veertien, home” at Marc Foxx – Los Angeles, CA

March 9th, 2013 by

Guido van der Werve, Nummer 14, 2013, courtesy of Marc Foxx and the artist

March 14 – April 20, 2013

Marc Foxx Gallery presents Guido van der Werve‘s most recent video “Nummer veertien, home”, a 54 minute video which will be screening every hour on the hour for the duration of the exhibition. “Nummer veertien, home” spans across exceptional distance and time. Created as a Requiem in three movements with twelve acts, van der Werve performs a 1,200 mile triathlon from Warsaw to Paris, retracing the reverse path of Frédéric Chopin’s heart.

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Guido van der Werve solo exhibitions at Luhring Augustine – New York City

September 6th, 2012 by

Guido van der Werve, Nummer dertien, Effugio B: portrait of the artist as a mountaineer, 2010, Two framed digital c-prints; one framed text, Each C-Print: 22 7/8 X 17 3/8 inches (58.1 X 44.13 cm), courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

September 7 – October 20, 2012

Opening reception: September 6, 2012, 6-8pm

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce the opening of two solo exhibitions by Dutch artist Guido van der Werve: Nummer veertien, home, an exhibition of two new works at Luhring Augustine’s Chelsea location, and Works 2003 – 2009, a selection of eight earlier films by van der Werve, at Luhring Augustine Bushwick. The exhibition in Chelsea will debut van der Werve’s most recent film, Nummer veertien, home, a multilayered and complex film, the structure of which is based on that of a classical Requiem: three movements and twelve acts. The film poetically interweaves tales of Alexander the Great, the death of Frédéric Chopin, and van der Werve’s own personal narrative. When Chopin died in Paris, his sister vowed to fulfill the composer’s wish of bringing his heart back to his native land of Poland; she succeeded in smuggling his heart out of France and carried it to Warsaw where it was interred in the Church of the Holy Cross. For Nummer veertien, home, Van der Werve performed a 1,000-mile triathlon (swimming, biking, and running) from Warsaw to Paris – seven times the length of the Ironman Triathlon – retracing the path that Chopin’s heart travelled to its final burial place. Nummer veertien, home explores themes common to van der Werve’s work, such as physical endurance, man’s struggle with nature, the crossover between history and geography, melancholy and the solitary – all presented in van der Werve’s surreal and deadpan sensibility. Also included in the Chelsea exhibition will be Nummer dertien: emotional poverty (2010-11), a work in three parts, including photographs, text, a slide projection, and a 12-hour HD film.

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Various Dutch artists in Global Navigators show at Wood Street Galleries, SPACE & 707 – Pittsburgh, PA

April 21st, 2012 by
Video Still. Nummer Acht, everything is going to be allright, Guido van der Werve. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Guido van der Werve, Nummer Acht: everything is going to be allright, 2008, courtesy Galerie Juliette Jongma and the artist

April 27 – June 10, 2012
Opening Reception and Gallery Crawl: Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Artist talk with Peter Bogers and Marnix de Nijs at SPACE: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 1:30pm

For the Distinctively Dutch Festival a number of Dutch and Netherlands-based visual artists—including Peter Bogers, Mark Boulos, Gerard Holthuis, Geert Mul, Marnix de Nijs, Folkert de Jong, Guido van der Werve and Karen Sargsyan—will be featured in this exhibition that examines the very nature of global exploration. This contemporary Dutch expedition will traverse the terrains of the Internet and new media as well as mine the historical context of Dutch exploration.
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Press release: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust launches the Distinctively Dutch Festival – Pittsburgh, PA

January 18th, 2012 by

February 18 – May 20, 2012

[PITTSBURGH, PA] — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a nonprofit arts and economic development organization at the center of Downtown Pittsburgh’s revival, will host an array of U.S. and world premieres as part of an interdisciplinary arts festival: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival. Celebrating the culture and contemporary performing and visual arts from the Netherlands, the three-month festival will feature dance, theater, music, visual art, film, literature and architecture. Events will be held February 18-May 20, 2012, throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as well as at select venues, including MCG Jazz, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Guido van der Werve participates in Performa 11 – New York City

November 9th, 2011 by

Guido van der Werve, Nummer negen: The day I didn't turn with the world, Time-lapse photography to HD video, 2007, courtesy the artist

November 12, 2011, 10am

As part of the Fluxus weekend for Performa, Dutch artist Guido van der Werve invites you to run along with him in the “2nd Annual Run to Rachmaninov” on Saturday, November 12th, starting at 10AM at Luhring Augustine gallery finishing at Sergey Rachmaninov’s grave in Valhalla, New York at the Kensico cemetery.  If you are interested in participating, please email vanessa [at] or sign up through Performa’s website.

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Guido van der Werve lecture and performance as part of Greater New York show at PS1 – New York City

October 9th, 2010 by

October 9, 2010, 12:30pm

Effugio no1 Chamomile;
Russia’s national flower

or running to Rachmaninov

Performance lecture by Guido van der Werve: a Dutch contemporary artist who started making numbered performance based film works in 2003. His first film is called Nummer twee, just because I’m standing here doesn’t mean I want to.

Following the lecture, Van der Werve will run the 29 miles from PS1/MoMA in Queens New York to place a chamomile flower on Rachmaninov’s grave at Kensico cemetery in upstate New York.

About the work:

The number one: It represents beginnings and the primal cause. It is a symbol of creation and the human species and is depicted in the standing stone, the upright staff and the erect phallus.
It also symbolizes the oneness to which all living things must return. A symbol of beginning, the self and loneliness.

Chamomile: Used for hysteria and nervous diseases, prevention of gangrene, for breaking up typhoid and in combination with bittersweet for bruises, sprains, calluses and corns, this flower possibly is one of the most important central European remedies.

Running: A definite relationship exists between exercise and depression. Exercise promotes new cell growth in the brain. If depression is a form of cell death, then exercise is the best strategy against this kind of neural paralysis. Prolonged and intense running releases endorphins or brain chemicals that produce a sense of elation. These endorphins are probably the reasons behind the proverbial runner’s high. While jogging, the body releases phenylalamine (PEA), a neurotransmitter that stimulates mental alertness; it also releases neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin (most commonly associated with antidepressants) that affect the mind in a positive way.

Rachmaninov: In 1892 at the age of 19, Rachmaninov composed his first Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor. The reception of the piece was dreadful spiraling Rachmaninov down into a nervous breakdown which was followed by a three year depression in which he wrote virtually no music. Rachmaninov was cured through hypnotherapy and dedicated his second piano concert, which was a big success, to his therapist. After the Russian revolution Rachmaninov moved to the United Stated.

Moma/PS1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th St
Long Island City NY 11101
Tel.: 718-784-2084

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Guido van der Werve in 25th anniversary exhibition at Luhring Augustine – New York City

May 8th, 2010 by

Guido van der Werve, Nummer zes, 2006, Steinway grand piano wake me up to sleep and all the colors of the rainbow, 35mm 11’47″, courtesy Luhring Augustine and the artist

May 8 – June 19, 2010

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce TWENTY FIVE, a group exhibition commemorating the gallery’s history on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The exhibition will include works by: Janine Antoni, Nobuyoshi Araki, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Larry Clark, George Condo, Gregory Crewdson, William Daniels, Günther Förg, Zarina Hashmi, Johannes Kahrs, Jon Kessler, Martin Kippenberger, Ragnar Kjartansson, Luisa Lambri, Glenn Ligon, Paul McCarthy, Yasumasa Morimura, Daido Moriyama, Reinhard Mucha, David Musgrave, Cady Noland, Albert Oehlen, Ed Paschke, Jack Pierson, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Stephen Prina, Pipilotti Rist, Josh Smith, Joel Sternfeld, Tunga, Guido van der Werve, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams, Steve Wolfe, and Christopher Wool. TWENTY FIVE is a look into Luhring Augustine’s past and present, with important works from significant exhibitions at the gallery as well as new ones.

Founded in 1985 by Lawrence Luhring and Roland Augustine, the gallery’s history has been characterized by its commitment to a singular roster of international artists and a rigorous contemporary program punctuated by the inclusion of historical exhibitions. From its inception in midtown Manhattan through its ten years in Soho to its current incarnation on 24th Street in Chelsea, as well as other project spaces in New York and Los Angeles, Luhring Augustine has a history resonant with many “firsts”; notably, the debuts of important works of art by Larry Clark, Pipilotti Rist, and Christopher Wool, as well as the first U.S. solo exhibitions of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Günther Förg, Johannes Kahrs, Albert Oehlen, Yasumasa Morimura, Reinhard Mucha, and Rachel Whiteread. Other significant exhibitions with artists outside the gallery’s representation include Remembering Marcel in 1987; Gerhard Richter in 1995; Donald Judd, Stacks in 2000; Red Sky: Arte Povera in 2008 with works by Alighiero e Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto among others; and The Irreverent Object in 2009 which included Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Reinhard Mucha, and Franz West.

Among the works included in TWENTY FIVE are Janine Antoni’s Lick and Lather, 1993, a series of two self-portrait busts made of chocolate and soap; Joel Sternfeld’s iconic McLean, Virginia, December, 1978, from his American Prospects series; Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Black Bed), 1991; Cady Noland’s Crate of Beer, 1989; Christopher Wool’s Minor Mishap II, 2001; and the cover of Larry Clark’s 1983 book Teenage Lust. Many of the works in the exhibition are emblematic of milestones in the artists’ careers. For example, a meticulously-staged large-scale photograph by Gregory Crewdson referencing the Shakespearean character Ophelia, which later became the cover of his book Twilight in 2003; Yasumasa Morimura’s Angels Descending a Staircase, 1991, which illustrates the artist’s pioneering use of photographic manipulation; and a 1992 self-portrait by Martin Kippenberger, with whom the gallery maintained a long relationship and who was featured in solo shows at Luhring Augustine in New York and Los Angeles.

Throughout the course of its history, Luhring Augustine has published numerous catalogues to accompany its exhibitions and serve as historic documentation. In conjunction with TWENTY FIVE, the artist Josh Smith has created an artist book comprised of images of each of the gallery’s exhibition announcement cards since 1985, installation photographs, and archival documents. A history of the gallery written by art critic and curator Allan Schwartzman will preface the book.

Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street

New York, NY 10011

Tel: 212-206-9100

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Guido van der Werve at Luhring Augustine Gallery – New York City

February 5th, 2010 by

February 5 – March 13, 2010

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce the presentation of Dutch artist Guido van der Werve’s film Nummer twaalf. This exhibition is van der Werve’s first with Luhring Augustine.

Nummer twaalf revolves around three questions dealing with infinity, each explored in a separate scene: The King’s Gambit accepted, the number of stars in the sky and why a piano cannot be tuned or waiting for an earthquake. The film opens with a scene of the artist playing chess with Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin. The two men play on a unique chess-piano created by van der Werve and designed so that each of the 64 squares of the chess board simultaneously functions as a piano key. Yudasin composed a balanced game of chess that opens with the challenge of the King’sGambit (one of the oldest documented chess openings), progresses to the opponent’s acceptance and ultimately ends in a draw stalemate. When played on the chess-piano, each move of the carefully-constructed match yields a note, and it is this series of notes which serves as the basis for van der Werve’s musical composition. The score continues throughout the film and follows the artist through vast landscapes as he ponders the impossible challenges of counting the stars in the sky and tuning a piano. Van der Werve’s futile pursuits juxtaposed with his choice of sites of latent danger (the active volcano Mount St. Helens and the San Andreas Fault in California), follows in the tradition of 19th century Romantic artist’s , using the epic of nature as an expression of the sublime.

Van der Werve was born in Papendrecht, the Netherlands in 1977 and currently lives and works in Finland. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, de Hallen Haarlem in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland. As part of the recent Performa 09 festival, van der Werve performed Nummer twaalf live at the Marshall Chess Club in New York, where the scene in the film was shot and legends like Marcel Duchamp and Bobby Fisher were members.

For further information, please contact Sophie Aschauer at 212.206.9100 or via email at

Luhring Augustune Gallery
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-206-9100

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