David Claerbout “The pure necessity”

Sean Kelly Gallery

poster for David Claerbout “The pure necessity”
[Image: David Claerbout, Still from Die reine Notwendigkeit/The pure necessity (2016) Single channel video, HD animation, color, stereo sound, 60 minutes, looped. © David Claerbout, Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, NY.]

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Sean Kelly presents The pure necessity, 2016, a new work by David Claerbout. Based in Antwerp, Claerbout is recognized as one of the most innovative artists working to- day in the realms of film, photography, and digital media. This will be the artist’s second ex- hibition with Sean Kelly and marks the US premiere of this video, which had its debut this June at Unlimited—Art Basel.

For The pure necessity, Claerbout and a team of professional artists redrew the frames of the 1967 classic animated film The Jungle Book to create an entirely new, hour-long video. De- void of narrative, comic antics, and anthropomorphic animals, Claerbout focuses on the wildlife as they move through the jungle accompanied by the sounds of their natural habitat.

As Claerbout notes, something that at first glance might seem familiar has been “trans- formed into a different reality, a different being.” Continuing his investigation into the cine- matic nexus where issues of labor and temporality often collide, The pure necessity serves as a moving meditation on the gulf between sentimental fantasy and mundane reality. Claerbout’s work is included in major public collections worldwide, including: Centre Georges Pompidou Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and many others. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including: Schaulager, Basel; MNAC, Barcelona (2017); Städel Museum, Frankfurt; KINDL, Berlin (2016); De Pont museum of contemporary art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2009) and (2016); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2013); Seces- sion, Vienna, Austria (2012); Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel (2012); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011); WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); Pompidou Center, Paris, France (2007); Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2005); Claerbout studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp from 1992 to 1995 and participated in the DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence program from 2002 to 2003.



from October 27, 2017 to December 16, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-10-26 from 18:00 to 20:00


David Claerbout

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