airport, please! heading to Shanghai, the heart of the new art world, to see Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg at Prada Ring Zhai

by leslierankowfinearts

Prada Rong Zaai
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

Prada presents “A Moon Wrapped in Brown Paper”, an exhibition by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, with the support of Fondazione Prada. Curated by Yang Beichen, the project will be on view from 11 November 2021 to 9 January 2022 at Prada Rong Zhai, a 1918 historic residence in Shanghai restored by Prada and reopened in October 2017.

Djurberg and Berg
Delights of an undirected mind

PRADA RONG ZHAI

Prada Rong Zhai is the historic 1918 residence located in the heart of Shanghai, inaugurated on October 12, 2017, after a meticulous restoration subsidized by the Prada Group. The building is designed as a flexible space dedicated to various cultural activities organized by the Prada Group in China. Documenting Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s respect and admiration for Chinese cultural heritage, in 2011 Prada began the restoration project of the residence, which lasted 6 years and required the utmost care for details, superb craftsmanship and respect for architectural essence.

The operation combines and summarizes the capabilities developed by Prada in the revitalization of historic buildings around the world, including the restorations of parts of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and Ca’ Corner della Regina, the magnificent baroque palace overlooking Venice Grand Canal converted into a space dedicated to art.

 

 

NATHALIE DJURBERG and HANS BERG

Through sculpture, stop-motion film, sound and immersive installations Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg develop surreal narratives that investigate themes of lust, greed, exploitation and fear with a hint of the absurd. Working in collaboration for over a decade, Djurberg and Berg create scenes that are simultaneously violent and erotic, enticing and whimsical.

 


Within these childlike fantasies, protagonists and antagonists are interchangeable and sociological foundations morph and dissolve. A range of surrogates – fairytale characters, animals, post-humans and stereotypes act out often violent or sexual offenses digging into the darker side of the human unconscious.

Working in an intuitive and curious mode, uninhibited by traditional methods of art making, Djurberg laboriously handcrafts elaborate environments and characters out of clay, plasticene, foam, wire, fabric and paint resulting in a gummy, flamboyant aesthetic. The visceral textures conveyed in Djurbergs’ figures further elaborate the emotions provoked by their misdemeanors.

Berg, a musician and composer, adds yet another layer of emotional depth through sound. With his compositions, drama is either reinforced or awkwardly highlighted by contrasting the portrayed scene.

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