January 21, 2018 - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Anne Hardy: Sensory Spaces 13
January 21, 2018

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Anne Hardy, Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh) (detail). Exhibition view: Art Night, London, 2017. Co-commissioned by ArtNight and The Contemporary Art Society. © Anne Hardy. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

Anne Hardy
Sensory Spaces 13
February 10–May 27, 2018

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 10 441 9400

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British artist Anne Hardy will present a new site-specific work at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, as part of the Sensory Spaces series. Hardy is known for her large-scale installations in which objects, light, color and sound seem to take on a life of their own. She invites visitors to enter this "sentient space" and to experience how the work slowly changes around them. Things can appear concrete and familiar but everything feels slightly unreal.

A bright green room, followed by a bright pink room with rotating electric fans, curtains of video tape, flattened beer cans, concrete blocks, balls, twigs and a sloping wall; the staged, imaginary environments Anne Hardy creates, address visitors in a very direct manner. Referred to as "FIELD" works, they are partly architectural, partly organic and their carefully created audio scores and lighting fluctuate and change over time.

Visitors are literally immersed in the artwork, which speaks to all their senses. This begins at the moment visitors enter these "walk-in" works and are asked to remove their shoes. Hardy encourages visitors towards a sensitive experience of the work and hopes that visitors will be receptive to new experiences.

"The tactile engagement with material, light and process is at the core of my practice, and I want the work to have an active presence that changes around you." –Anne Hardy

Many of the materials, objects and sounds for her FIELD works, Hardy finds on the street: things that have been discarded and have lost their original function. They have become essentially "ambiguous" in the sense that they have the possibility of containing two or more ideas simultaneously. Hardy thinks in the same way about space; places can be both strange and familiar, floating between the real and the imaginary. It is precisely this ambiguity that Hardy captures in her "FIELDS." They have something magical—something you have to experience but which is also hard to put into words. In Hardy’s own words: "they make us aware of ‘the slippery nature of our perception of the world.'"

For Sensory Spaces 13, Anne Hardy will create a new "FIELD’" work. Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects, presented in the exhibition space in the entrance hall of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise. The new work of Anne Hardy, will be the 13th episode in the Sensory Spaces series.

Anne Hardy is represented by Maureen Paley, London. Guest curator of the exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is Nina Folkersma.

Forthcoming exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in February 2018:
BABEL - Old Masters back from Japan
February 3–May 21, 2018

XL Art. Large-format works since the 1950’s   
February 10–April 29, 2018

Joost Conijn
Good evening to the people living in the camp
February 10–May 6, 2018

Thomas Rajlich  
February 10–May 27, 2018

Geert Lap
Perfect Simplicity
February 10, 2018–January 13, 2019


About Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Bosch, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Dalí and Dutch design: a visit to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a journey through the history of art. Dutch and foreign masterpieces provide a comprehensive survey of art from the early Middle Ages to the present day. Masterpieces by, among many others, Monet, Mondrian and Magritte show the development of Impressionism and Modernism. The museum has one of the world’s largest collections of Surrealist art and an excellent collection of British and American Pop art with works by Tilson, Warhol and Oldenburg. And the museum is the place for decorative arts and design: from medieval ceramics and Renaissance glass to furniture by Gerrit Rietveld and contemporary Dutch design. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a multifaceted museum in the heart of Rotterdam. Over the next few years, the museum is upgrading its current accommodation and constructing the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility.

For more information please contact Coebergh Communicatie & PR, Marilou Kersemaekers en Anne van der Wel 
T (020) 470 87 87 or boijmans [​at​] coebergh.nl

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