Berndnaut Smilde



  • Berndnaut Smilde was born in 1978 in Groningen, The Netherlands. He currently lives and works in in Amsterdam. Smilde’s work consists of installations, sculptures and photos. Using his daily surroundings and spaces as inspiration, Smilde is interested in the temporal nature of construction and deconstruction. His work refers to both the physical state of a building as well as a moment of revelation that depicts either hope or fragility. Smilde analyses spaces and their appearance and takes them apart to investigate their unique details and features. His artistic point of view often centers on duality. His works question: inside and outside, temporality, size, the function of materials and architectural elements. More


Ronchini is very pleased to present its third solo exhibition on the Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde. This exhibition features the new works of the artist’s well-known Nimbus photography series and coincides with his representation at the Netherlands pavilion of the ‘World Expo 2020’ in Dubai (UAE) until the 31st of March 2022. Not only is it the very first exhibition which solely features works of the Nimbus series, but it is also the first time this many works are exhibited together. Smilde is renowned for exploring the physical deconstruction and re-construction of materials through light, space, atmosphere, and experience in relation to architectural environments.

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