Brief biography

Marijke van Warmerdam (1959)
A girl doing a handstand or a hat dancing in the wind. Fleeting moments gone in the blink of an eye fascinate Dutch artist Marijke van Warmerdam.
She first garnered international attention at the Venice Biennial in 1995 with her short film loops portraying the beauty in simple movements and everyday actions. Although she utilizes a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, and sound installations, she is best known for her film loops.
Of her 16mm film loop Skytypers (1997), Christine Temin of the Boston Globe wrote in 2000: ‘Skytypers resembles an Yves Klein painting, solid blue. Sometimes it’s more like a Constable painting of clouds.’ Van Warmerdam’s films often come across as paintings that happen to move, partly because their imagery is so sparse, partly because no narrative evolves. She relies on the visual power of the motif: a drop of milk slowly dissolving in a glass of water or a red suitcase sliding down a snowy mountain. ‘I especially like art when it’s mixed with life. Art can give life a twist, and the other way around’, she observes.
Her work is represented in important collections such as the Pompidou Center, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto.