Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Jeroen de Rijke–Willem de Rooij

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
Grabbeplatz 5
December 8, 2007–April 13, 2008

Curated by Julian Heynen and Willem de Rooij

Dutch duo de Rijke/de Rooij (sadly divided by the untimely death of Jeroen de Rijke last year) gained acclaim for their 16- and 35-mm films—intensely concentrated studies of landscapes, interiors, and human interactions, as crystalline in their focus as they are nearly static in their presentation. These decisively non-narrative films, which might take a church interior, a graveyard, or a nineteenth-century carpet as their putative subject matter, offer slow-mo reflections on the role of filmic and photographic images in contemporary culture. Along with some photographs and slides, this exhibition showcases four of the artists' films including their celebrated Mandarin Ducks, 2005. A catalogue whose contributors include de Rooij and Juliane Rebentisch accompanies both this show and a related exhibition opening next year at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, in Italy.