March 27, 2019
Gerard Byrne in conversation with Willem de Rooij
Gerard Byrne (b. 1969 in Dublin) is a visual artist working with photographic, video, and live art. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); ACCA, Melbourne (2016); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2015); and FRAC Pays de la Loire, France (2014). He took part in the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel as well as the 52nd and the 54th Venice Biennale.
Gerard Byrne was Professor of Time-based Art at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen (2007–2016) and is currently Interim Professor of Film, Staedelschule, Frankfurt (2018–19).
Willem de Rooij (*1969 Beverwijk/Netherlands) lives and works in Berlin. He investigates the production, contextualization and interpretation of images. His multifaceted practice includes photography, films, videos, sculpture, soundrecordings, and writing. Appropriated materials, such as found images, objects borrowed from art historical or ethnographic collections, or works by other artists play an important role. De Rooij’s works take the form of installations or temporary groupings that reflect on the physical and contextual qualities of the space they occupy.
Recent solo exhibitions include “Whiteout” at KW Berlin (2017), “Entitled” at MMK2, Frankfurt/Main (2016), “Character is Fate” at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2015), and “Intolerance” at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010). Since 2006, he is Professor of Fine Art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, and tutor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
An event by the Friends of the Secession.