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Spotlight: A Weekly Artwork Selection

David Claerbout, Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016

Trailer: David Claerbout, Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016, color animation, duration 50:00 min, edition of 7. Film still © David Claerbout
David Claerbout
Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016
Color animation
Duration 50:00 min
Edition of 7
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Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is a work by David Claerbout, based on the classic 1967 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

The 50-minute-long film follows the tradition of the frame-by-frame animation, and focuses almost exclusively on the animals: the panther, the bear, the snake, among others.
Installation façade view: David Claerbout, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2018. Courtesy of David Claerbout. © David Claerbout, Kunsthaus Bregenz. Photo © Markus Tretter
Over a period of 3 years, David Claerbout and a team of professional artists painstakingly redrew the frames of the original movie by hand, one by one, and then assembled them to create an entirely new, lifeless animation—a contradiction in terms—which stands in raw contrast to the lively and rhythmical original.
David Claerbout, The Pure Necessity (Power Sculpture), 2017, washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper, 50 x 70 cm (19 3/4 x 27 1/2 in) (unframed), 69 x 89 x 3,5 cm (27 1/8 x 35 1/8 x 1 3/8 in) (framed).
Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen
Exhibition view: Art Basel Unlimited, 2017. Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Although the 1967 film depicted them as speaking animals, well-known for their witty dialogues, dances and jokes, they are here seen as “realistic” animals without any anthropomorphic characteristics. Claerbout represents them wandering in the jungle, drinking from a water spring, sleeping on tree branches, observing one another. Each of their movements is followed with precision and duration, giving the spectator the opportunity to observe every detail of the drawings.
David Claerbout, The pure necessity (J.B. vs Life), 2017, washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper, 36 x 48 cm (14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in) (unframed), 61,7 x 81,7 x 3,5 cm (24 1/4 x 32 1/8 x 1 3/8 in) (framed).
Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen
Exhibition view: David Claerbout, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018. Photo © John McKenzie
David Claerbout

David Claerbout

Die reine Notwendigkeit (Dégradé-Bear. Zombie-Theory) (Jungle book), 2016-2017

Washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper
36 x 48 cm (14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in) (unframed)
61,7 x 81,7 x 3,5 cm (24 1/4 x 32 1/8 x 1 3/8 in) (framed)
Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen
David Claerbout

David Claerbout

The Pure Necessity - Transition Panther to Lazy Wolves @ Night, 2016

Washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper
36 x 48 cm (14 1/8 x 18 7/8 in) (unframed)
61,7 x 81,7 x 3,5 cm (24 1/4 x 32 1/8 x 1 3/8 in) (framed)
Photo © Jörg von Bruchhausen
David Claerbout, Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016, color animation, duration 50:00 min, edition of 7. Film still © David Claerbout
Exhibition history:

The Nature of Art, Busan Museum of Art, Busan (March 24 – September 12, 2021)
David Claerbout: The Pure Necessity, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art at Chapel of San Bastiaun, Zuoz (December 22, 2019 – February 23, 2020)
Animalesque /Art Across Species and Beings, Bildmuseet, Umea (November 16, 2019 – March 16, 2020)
A Terceira Margem/The Third Bank, Anozero’19 – Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art, (November 2 – December 29, 2019)
Trois fois rien, Centre national de la danse, Pantin (March 16 – April 20, 2019)
David Claerbout, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (July 14 – October 7, 2018)
David Claerbout, Dark Optics (Vision de nuit), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (September 20, 2018 – February 10, 2019)
David Claerbout, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edingburgh (February 24 – May 5, 2018)
David Claerbout, KING and The Pure Necessity, Pinacoteca de São Paulo (November 25, 2017 – March 5, 2018)
The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, Miami (2017)
La Vie simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (October 6, 2017 – April 2, 2018)
The film premiered at IFFR Rotterdam (International Film Festival Rotterdam), as part of the Deep Focus 2017 Signatures: Frameworks selection
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David Claerbout (b. 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium) studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and at the Rijksakademie of Visual Arts in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Antwerp and Berlin.<br><br>In 2007, Claerbout was awarded the Will-Grohmann-Preis of the Berlin Akademie der Künste, and in 2010, he received the Peill-Preis of the Günther-Peill-Stiftung. He participated in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program from 2002 to 2003. <br><br>Selected solo exhibitions include: <b>David Claerbout: Laziness of Action</b>, Kunst Museum Winterthur (2020); <b>David Claerbout: The Pure Necessity,</b> Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Zuoz (2019–20); <b>David Claerbout, </b><b>Dark Optics (Vision de nuit)</b>,<br> Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018–19); <b>David Claerbout</b>, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2018); <b>David Claerbout</b>, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2018); <b>David Claerbout: KING and The Pure Necessity,</b> Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Sao Paulo (2017); <b>Olympia</b>, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); <b>Future</b>, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2016), and <b>Die reine Notwendigkeit</b>, Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2016)<br>

David Claerbout (b. 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium) studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and at the Rijksakademie of Visual Arts in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Antwerp and Berlin.

In 2007, Claerbout was awarded the Will-Grohmann-Preis of the Berlin Akademie der Künste, and in 2010, he received the Peill-Preis of the Günther-Peill-Stiftung. He participated in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program from 2002 to 2003.

Selected solo exhibitions include: David Claerbout: Laziness of Action, Kunst Museum Winterthur (2020); David Claerbout: The Pure Necessity, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Zuoz (2019–20); David Claerbout, Dark Optics (Vision de nuit),
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018–19); David Claerbout, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2018); David Claerbout, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2018); David Claerbout: KING and The Pure Necessity, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Sao Paulo (2017); Olympia, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); Future, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2016), and Die reine Notwendigkeit, Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2016)


Photo © Koos Breukel
Courtesy of David Claerbout
© David Claerbout | Bildrecht, Wein, 2018
 

Interview – David Claerbout for the Louisiana Channel

Interview: Virtual Image Making. © Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020
WATCH NOW – Follow David Claerbout in his Antwerp studio as he presents his practice and the process behind his video installations.
 

Concurrent Exhibition and Talk

David Claerbout, Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020, single channel video projection, 3D animation (stereo audio, color), duration: 24 min
Film still © David Claerbout, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021
The Nature of Art
with David Claerbout
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Republic of Korea
Through September 12, 2021
www.art.busan.go.kr

David Claerbout presents two major film installations: Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020 and Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016 as part of the exhibition The Nature of Art at the Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea.
 
<b>David Claerbout</b><br>

David Claerbout

Meet the Artist: Imagining Future
Artist Talk
3rd floor lobby, Busan Museum of Art
May 14, 10 am CET / 5 pm KST
In-person registration

The 6th session of ART BUSAN's CONVERSATIONS program invites David Claerbout to give a lecture at the Busan Museum of Art, where he currently presents two major film installations: Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020 and Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016 as part of the exhibition on view through September 12, 2021 in The Nature of Art at Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea.

Photo © Patricia Mathieu
 

Reading Corner

David Claerbout <br>

David Claerbout

David Claerbout
2019
Publisher: Kunsthaus Bregenz
Languages: German, English

Available here

David Claerbout<br><b>Olympia (the Real-time Disintegration Into Ruins of the Berlin Olympic Stadium Over the Course of a Thousand Years)</b><br>2017<br>

David Claerbout
Olympia (the Real-time Disintegration Into Ruins of the Berlin Olympic Stadium Over the Course of a Thousand Years)
2017

Publisher: Sternberg Press
Languages: English, German

Available here

David Claerbout<br>

David Claerbout

Drawings and Studies
2015
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Language: English

Available here

 
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