Guido van der Werve presents Performance Nummer Twaalf.
Variations on a theme
The king’s gambit accepted,
The number of stars in the sky
and why a piano can’t be tuned
The most recent film of the Dutch artist Guido van der Werve, entitled Number Twelve, is based on a ‘Chess piano’ which he designed himself. This ‘Chess piano’ consists of a chessboard incorporating a piano mechanism. When a piece is moved, this immediately produces a tone, and as the chess game progresses this results in a composition of classical music. This evening Van der Werve will perform the game/composition he has written on the chess piano with a string orchestra.
Classical music is an important starting point in Van der Werve’s complete oeuvre, which is manifested in the musical compositions accompanying the film images, the recurring theme of the piano and the numbered titles of his films as a reference to the numerical names of many pieces of classical music. In this way he achieves his romantic aim to combine different artistic disciplines.
The evening is organised by the Juliette Jongma Gallery and with the support of Stadsdeel
BIOGRAPHY OF ARTIST
Guido van der Werve is one of Holland’s most successful artists at the moment. His film works are exhibited all over the world, screened in film programs and bought by international institutions. In 2006 he had a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, entitled The Clouds are More Beautiful From Above. Van der Werve lives and works in Amsterdam and New York.
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