• Berndnaut Smilde



climate, environmental art, visual art, atmosphere


      The Nimbus works present a transitory moment of presence in a specific location. They can be interpreted as a sign of loss or becoming, or just as a a fragment from a classical painting. People have always had a strong metaphysical connection to clouds and through time have projected many ideas on them.
Smilde is interested in the temporary aspect of the work. It's there for a few seconds before they fall apart again. The physical aspect is really important but the work in the end only exists as a photograph. The photo functions as a document of something that happened on a specific location and is now gone.


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Author Biography

Berndnaut Smilde

Smilde’s work consists of installations, sculptures and photography. He explores the physical de-
construction and re-construction of materials; light, space, atmosphere and experience in relation to his architectural environment, creating a new moment between the realms of reality and the temporal. Smilde holds an MA from the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen. Awards include a starter stipend from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. He was a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2008 and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado in 2015 and FORM, Perth in 2016. Smilde's work resides in both the Saatchi and the Smithsonian collections among others. Smilde has been written about extensively in art publications; additionally his Nimbus series was recognised by TIME Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Inventions of 2012". Selected exhibitions include: The Armory Show, New York (solo) (2018), Ronchini Gallery, London, (solo) (2017), FotoMuseum, Antwerp, (2015), LIAN Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai (solo) (2015), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht,(solo) (2013) Saatchi Gallery (2012)