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Reflecting Sunset

David Claerbout (in 2003)

David Claerbout uses light and time as his primary mediums and sees their effect as the foremost agents of communication. Architecture is frequently represented in his work, the tones are uniform and sombre. In this work by Claerbout, the image initially seems to have been frozen as if in a photograph. Only after a while do the subtle changes of light and shadow become apparent. The film’s 38 minutes correspond with the actual time needed for the sun to pass over that part of the facade. David Claerbout's work intensifies the spectator's perception: you are made aware that you are looking at an image.


Title Reflecting Sunset
Material and technique
Object type Video
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (duration) Duration (min) : 38
Makers Artist: David Claerbout
Accession number BRL 2005-27 (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Han Nefkens H+F Mecenaat 2005
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2005
Age maker About 34 years old
Collector Collector / Han Nefkens
Object Video > Audio-visual work > Art object

All about the maker

David Claerbout

Kortrijk 1969

David Claerbout's work is often on the cusp of photography and film. In 2003, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum held a small exhibition of Claerbout's work and in 2..