Lisson Gallery

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

Mixing animation, sculpture and sound, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg create psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. Since 2001, Djurberg has developed a distinctive style of filmmaking, using clay animation to dramatise the basest of natural instincts from jealousy, revenge and greed, to submission and lust. Her partner, the musician and composer Hans Berg, conjures up the atmospheric sound effects and scores the hypnotic music for Djurberg’s animations and installations. In 2004 they began working closely together as a duo to create transgressive narratives rich in symbolic meaning and emotional reach, mining allegorical myths and grotesque, nightmarish visions in pieces, such as Tiger Licking Girl’s Butt (2004), We Are Not Two, We Are One (2008), and more recently, Worship (2016) and Dark Side of the Moon (2017). The artists' interdisciplinary collaborations increasingly blur the cinematic, the sculptural and the performative in immersive environments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces or built objects.

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg currently live and work in Berlin, Germany. Born in Lysekil, Sweden in 1978, Nathalie Djurberg received her MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden in 2002. Hans Berg was born in Rättvik, Sweden in 1978 and is a musician, producer and composer, working mainly with electronic music. Select solo exhibitions include ‘A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air’ at Modern Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2018), touring to Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy (2018) and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (2019);  Museum Frieder Burda | Salon Berlin, Germany (2017); Stavanger Art Museum (MUST), Norway (2017); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Australia (2016); Wanås Konst, Knislinge, Sweden (2016); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (2015);  Australian Centre forContemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia (2015); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2015);  Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA (2014); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia (2013; and Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2011). They have exhibited widely together in group shows, including the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy in 2009, and their work is featured in a number of collections around the world, including the Prada Foundation in Milan, Italy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA. 

Current and recent projects:

'Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air', Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, 2019 

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR, 2018
Installation view Moderna Museet

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR, 2018
Installation view Moderna Museet

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR, 2018
Installation view Moderna Museet

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR, 2018
Installation view Moderna Museet

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR, 2018
Installation view Moderna Museet

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
One Need Not be a House, The Brain Has Corridors, 2018
Digital film (still), audio Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Snake With a Mouth Sewn Shut, or, This is a Celebration,, 2018
Digital film (still), audio Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A Thief Caught in the Act (Pink Owl), 2015
Wooden table, lamo, dimmer, timer, metal wire, aluminium foil, wood, canvas, modelling clay, acrylic paint 130 x 120 x 70 cm / 51 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A Thief Caught in the Act (Pink Owl), 2015
Wooden table, lamo, dimmer, timer, metal wire, aluminium foil, wood, canvas, modelling clay, acrylic paint 130 x 120 x 70 cm / 51 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A Thief Caught in the Act (Pink Owl), 2015
Wooden table, lamo, dimmer, timer, metal wire, aluminium foil, wood, canvas, modelling clay, acrylic paint 130 x 120 x 70 cm / 51 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Clearing (Blue, Black, Red, and Purple), 2015
Mixed media, revolving platform, digital video animation (colour, sound) 176 x 233 x 167 cm / 69 1/4 x 91 3/4 x 65 374 in.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Clearing (Blue, Black, Red, and Purple), 2015
Mixed media, revolving platform, digital video animation (colour, sound) 176 x 233 x 167 cm / 69 1/4 x 91 3/4 x 65 374 in.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Waterfall Variation (Choir), 2015
Digital video animation (b/w, sound), 4:32 min loop

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Parade of Rituals and Stereotypes, 2012
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 10:57 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Parade of Rituals and Stereotypes, 2012
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 10:57 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Deceiving Looks, 2011
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 5:58 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Deceiving Looks, 2011
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 5:58 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Parade, 2011
Clay, wire, painted canvas, animations (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A World of Glass, 2011
Glass, clay, fabrics (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
A World of Glass, 2011
Glass, clay, fabrics (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Experiment, 2009
Clay, metal wire, wood, acrylic paint (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Experiment, 2009
Clay, metal wire, wood, acrylic paint (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Experiment, 2009
Clay, metal wire, wood, acrylic paint (installation view) Dimensions variable

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
I Found Myself Alone , 2008
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 9:45 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
I Found Myself Alone , 2008
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 9:45 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
I Found Myself Alone , 2008
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 9:45 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Tiger Licking Girls Butt, 2004
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 2:15 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Tiger Licking Girls Butt, 2004
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 2:15 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Tiger Licking Girls Butt, 2004
Clay animation, digital video, stereo audio, 2:15 min

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'Delights of an Undirected Mind', The Baltimore Museum of Art
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Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'Delights of an Undirected Mind', The Baltimore Museum of Art
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Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air', Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air', Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air', Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Installation view, 'A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air', Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Exhibitions

  1. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: Who am I to...

    31 March – 6 May 2017

  2. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg – The Gates ...

    17 September – 1 November 2014

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