Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Through sculpture, stop-motion film, sound and immersive installations Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg develop surreal narratives that investigate themes of lust, greed, exploitation and fear with a hint of the absurd. Working in collaboration for over a decade, Djurberg and Berg create scenes that are simultaneously violent and erotic, enticing and whimsical.
Within these childlike fantasies, protagonists and antagonists are interchangeable and sociological foundations morph and dissolve. A range of surrogates – fairytale characters, animals, post-humans and stereotypes act out often violent or sexual offenses digging into the darker side of the human unconscious.
Working in an intuitive and curious mode, uninhibited by traditional methods of art making, Djurberg laboriously handcrafts elaborate environments and characters out of clay, plasticene, foam, wire, fabric and paint resulting in a gummy, flamboyant aesthetic. The visceral textures conveyed in Djurbergs’ figures further elaborate the emotions provoked by their misdemeanors.
Berg, a musician and composer, adds yet another layer of emotional depth through sound. With his compositions, drama is either reinforced or awkwardly highlighted by contrasting the portrayed scene.
- This is Heaven (film still), 2019
- One Last Trip to The Underworld (film still), 2019
- One Last Trip to The Underworld, installation view, 2019
- Damaged Goods (film still), 2019
- One Last Trip to the Underworld (Orange, Red and Blue), 2019
- One Last Trip to the Underworld (Brown, Blue, Purple and Red), 2019
- Dark Side of the Moon (film still), 2017
- Delights of an Undirected Mind, 2016
- A Thief Caught in the Act, 2015
- Gates of the Festival, 2014
- The Black Pot, 2013
- The Black Pot, 2013
- The Parade, 2011
- The Parade, 2011
- The Experiment, 2009
- The Potato, 2008
- The Experiment
Presenting familiar icons in perplexing circumstances forces us to consider our own biases, fears and fantasies and shines a light on the darkness our epoch aims to hide. Through their lens, we are forced to reckon with what it means to feel pleasure or pain and what it is to be male or female, victim or aggressor, mother or daughter.
Nathalie Djurberg was born in 1978 in Lysekil, Sweden. She studied art at Folkuniversitetet and Hovedskous Art School in Gothenburg, Sweden before earning her MFA from Malmö Art Academy in 2002. Hans Berg was born in 1978 in Rättvik, Sweden and is a self-taught musician, who began playing the drums at age fourteen. Djurberg and Berg met in Berlin in 2004 and have been working together ever since.
The artists’ collaborations have been exhibited widely around the world. In 2009, Djurberg & Berg presented their installation The Experiment at the 53rd Venice Biennial "Making Worlds" curated by Daniel Birnbaum where they were awarded the Silver Lion for Best Emerging Artists.
Other important solo presentations include Kunsthalle Winterhur, Switzerland (2007); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2008); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); OMA Prada Transformer, Seoul (2009); Natural History Museum, Basel (2010); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2011); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); Camden Arts Center, London (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, New Museum, New York (2012); ‘The Black Pot’, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia (2013); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2015); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (2015); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Stavanger Art Museum (MUST), Norway (2017); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2018); MART, Rovereto (2019); Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2019); among others.
Djurberg and Berg’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst/Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium (2010); Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, (2012); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2013); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, (2015); Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2017); to name a few.
The artists works are represented in the collections of Fondazione Prada, Milan; Goetz Collection, Munich; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kunsthaus Züruch, Zürich; and Whitechapel, London, among others.
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg: A Moon Wrapped in Brown PaperPrada Rong Zhai, Shanghai November 11, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: This is HeavenC3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain October 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021
UNDERNEATHThe Nordic House, Reykjavik September 19, 2020 - March 14, 2021
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: Flowers in the AtticKistefos Museum, Norway June 21 - December 13, 2020
Mondjäger: Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg in Dialogue with Asger JornKunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany November 7, 2019 - May 6, 2020
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: One Last Trip to The UnderworldTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York November 1 - December 20, 2019Djurberg and Berg’s collaborative works conjure surreal landscapes that explore the shadows of human subconsciousness. Using sculpture, stop-motion film, sound, and immersive installation the artists construct narratives that speak to...
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIRSCHIRN, Frankfurt February 28 - May 26, 2019
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: DELIGHTS OF AN UNDIRECTED MINDBALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART February 22 - May 26, 2019
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIRMUSEO D'ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA DI TRENTO E ROVERETO, ROVERETO, ITALY October 5, 2018 - January 27, 2019
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIRModerna Museet, Stockholm June 16 - September 9, 2018
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: DARK SIDE OF THE MOONSTAVANGER ART MUSEUM (MUST), STAVANGER, NORWAY November 17, 2017 - March 11, 2018
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: FLICKERS OF DAY AND NIGHTAROS AARHUS KUNSTMUSEUM, AARHUS, DENMARK October 22, 2015 - February 21, 2016
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERGPALAIS DE TOKYO, PARIS, FRANCE October 19, 2014 - October 1, 2015
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: THE BLACK POTGARAGE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, MOSCOW June 21 - August 25, 2013
THE PARADE: NATHALIE DJURBERG WITH MUSIC BY HANS BERGWALKER ART CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA May 2 - August 26, 2012
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: THE PARADE: NATHALIE DJURBERG WITH MUSIC BY HANS BERGNEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK May 2 - September 2, 2012
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: A World of GlassCamden Arts Centre October 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has filled Galleries One and Two with luminous, glass-like objects and four new animated films. The installation is immersed in a syncronised soundscape composed by her...
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: TURN INTO MEFONDAZIONE PRADA, MILAN, ITALY April 19 - June 1, 2008
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / Asger Jorn: MondjägerText(s) by Katharina Dohm, Axel Heil, Selima Niggl, Ute Stuffer, 2019 softcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Dimensions: 18.00 x 27.00 cm
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: The Secret GardenLouise Neri, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Juliana Engberg, Amy Barrett-Lennard and Kay Campbell, 2016 hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Perimeter Editions and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: WORSHIPJohn Peter Nilsson, Gerald Matt, Thomas Häusle, 2016 softcover
Publisher: Corner House Publiations
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg: A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of AirLena Essling, Massimiliano Gioni, Patricia MacCormack, David Toop, 2019 Paperback, 280 pp pages
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, Berlin
Dimensions: 21.70 x 28.00 cm
Nathalie Djurberg: Turn Into MeGermano Celant, 2008
The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans BergEric Crosby, Dean Ott, 2011 Softcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Walker Art Center, 2011