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David Claerbout

This new exhibition is produced in the framework of the foundations “Hors-les-murs” program. This showcases previously unseen works from the Collection at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice and Beijing.

Born in 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium, David Claerbout was originally schooled as a painter and draughtsman at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. Since then, he has moved into creating works that are a unique mixture of photography, film and painting. He became more and more interested in time through investigations in the nature of photography and film. Fusing together the past, present and future into stunning moments of temporal elasticity, his works present profound and moving philosophical contemplations on our perception of time and reality, memory and experience, truth and fiction.

In the early 1990s, the cinema theorist Raymond Bellour coined the expression “entre-images” or “between-images,” using the term to approach these hybrid images between photography, film and video. The term today would apply perfectly to the work of Claerbout. In The Algiers’ Sections of a Happy Moment (2008), time is suspended, yet the fragmentation of space—the multiplication of viewpoints and framing—is purified by a temporal dilation. Here, the viewer is “omniscient,” one is able to see an action from all angles in that precise moment. Another major layer to Claerbout’s photographic video works is sound. Claerbout himself often refers to his work as “audio pieces embedded in video.” Travel (1996-2013) is a work that was inspired by, and ultimately born from the soundtrack—a synthesised therapeutic music score composed by French composer Eric Breton, designed to reduce stress and induce sleep.

The Espace Louis Vuitton München is pleased to present these two emblematic works, which form part of the Collection.

About the artist
David Claerbout (b. 1969, Kortrijk, Belgium) lives and works in Anvers (Belgium) and Berlin (Germany). His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; SF MOMA, San Francisco, USA; De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands; WIELS, Brussels, Belgium; Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany; Schaulager Basel, Switzerland; and Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago di Compostela, Spain. His works have also been included in the exhibition Belgique Visionnaire, organized by Harald Szeemann at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, and at venues such as MonteVideo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Centre pour l’image Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland; M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium. He also participated in the São Paolo, Sydney and Moscow Biennales.

Espace Louis Vuitton München
Maximilianstraße 2a
80539 Munich | Germany



David Claerbout, Page 12/18 of Travel Portfolio, 2014. Photo: Studio David Claerbout. Courtesy Private Collection, Belgium.

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