Posts tagged “Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Struck by Hale Tenger’s work

Post by iSiZ

Last weekend I visited the exhibition ‘Istanbul Modern Rotterdam’ in museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Here a small collection of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is shown. Gathering together works by fourteen artists from different periods. I was particularly struck by the work of artist Hale Tenger, a video installation called Beirut 2005-2007. A still taken from the video:

Beirut shows the windows of the hotel in front of which Rafik Hariri was assassinated by a car bomb in 2005. The video was shot secretly in an area that was under the armed protection of the United Nations. The peacefully fluttering white curtains of the empty hotel are in sharp contrast to the sounds of explosions and sirens heard in the background; we are suddenly confronted with the experience of war. As if highlighting postwar regret, oblivion, and the desperate repetition of war, the video is played in a loop, creating a vicious circle.

Below watch a fragment from the video installation ‘Beirut, 2005-2007’ (Don’t be mistaken, behind you hear the sound of another video installation ‘and Others, from the series of ‘Mines” by Ayse Erkmen.) The music for the Beirut video was composed by Serdar Ateser; the soundtrack at the end of the video was recorded in 2007 during Israel’s intervention in Lebanon and taken from Youtube (user:msoubra):


The video organism of Pipilotti Rist

Visual artist, Pipilotti Rist, produces intriguing video installations. Her installations are so very big and very present which invites the public to become part of it. The human body, gender and sexuality are topics which play an important role in her work. The images portrayed of bodies and fruit are captured by fish eye close-ups and are composed of bright colours which gives her work a dreamy effect.

 

In 2009 I had the opportunity to visit a solo exhibition of her work, ‘Elixir: the video organism of Pipilotti Rist’, in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I can imagine that people don’t get bored easily when watching her work. Usually it is a video-loop, a film of a couple minutes endlessly repeated, that you could easily watch for an hour and become obsessed by it. I felt a comfortable welcome in most of the exhibition rooms. For instance, one of the rooms was made up of islands of carpets to lie on and one could watch the film projected on the ceiling.

 

She released a feature film ‘Pepperminta’ in 2009. The film is an extension of her video art. The images are similar to the images from her ‘Elixir’ exhibition, but this time there are more characters telling a story. The film tells the story of Pepperminta, the main character, who persuades others to see the world in their own favourite colour. This changes the lives of people in a positive, joyful and happy way. Watch the trailer of the film here: