Born 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Lives and works in Antwerp and Berlin.


1992–1995 National Academy of Fine Arts Antwerpen and Reichsacademy of Visual Arts Amsterdam


2010 Peill-Preis, Günther-Peill-Stiftung, Germany
2007 Will-Grohmann-Preis, Akademie der Künste, Germany
2002–03 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2020 David Claerbout: Laziness of Action, Kunst Museum Winterthur
2019 David Claerbout: The Pure Necessity, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, Zuoz
Olympia, MAST Foundation, Palazzo Zambeccari, Bologna
2018 David Claerbout: Vision de nuit (Dark Optics), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
David Claerbout, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
David Claerbout: Selected Works from the Collection, Espace Louis Vuitton München, Munich
David Claerbout, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
2017 Olympia, Schaulager, Laurent Stiftung, Münchenstein
David Claerbout, Une exposition du 40e anniversaire du Centre Pompidou, Musée des Beaux Arts de Rennes, Rennes
Olympia, MNAC – Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
Olympia, M HKA, Antwerp
2016 Olympia, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Future, De Pont Museum, Tilburg
Die reine Notwendigkeit, Städel Museum, Frankfurt
2015 David Claerbout, Marabouparken Konsthall, Sundbyberg
Projects Art Centre, Dublin
Performed Pictures, MAMCO, Geneva
David Claerbout, FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
2014 GRIJS / GREY, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
2013 David Claerbout, Kunsthalle Mainz
2012 Diese Sonne strahlt immer, Secession, Vienna
David Claerbout: The Time that Remains, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv
Parasol Unit, London
2011 WIELS, Brussels
David Claerbout: Architecture of Narrative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2010 David Claerbout: Uncertain Eye, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
2009 The Shape of Time, De Pont Museum, Tilburg
2008 David Claerbout, Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
2007 David Claerbout, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2020 Memling Now: Hans Memling in contemporary art, Musea Brugge – Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges
A Long Time Short, KAI10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
2019 Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2018 Image Profile: Aspects of the Documentary in MMK's Photography Collection, MMK 2, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
2017 Variable Dimensions – artists and architecture, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon
The Image of War, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
Ways of Seeing, ARTER, Istanbul
2016 RealTIME, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography, Parasol Unit, London
The Power of the Avant-Garde, BOZAR, Brussels (travels to National Museum Krakow 2017)
Paradise on Earth. Landscapes from Bruegel to Rubens, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
2015 Future Present. Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Schaulager, Basel
RAY Fotografieprojekte, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and Louisiana Art Museum, Humlebaek
Few Free Years: Von Absalon bis Zobernig. Schenkungen von Friedrich Christian Flick an die Nationalgalerie' Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
2014 Variation of the Moon, Nam June Paik Art Center, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney
L'illusion des lumières, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
8th Busan Biennale, Busan
Days of Endless Time, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
The Red Queen, MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
More Light, 5th Moscow Biennale, Moscow
2012 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media City Seoul 2012) Spell on you, Seoul Museum of Art
Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2011 The World belongs to you, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Fragments in Time and Space, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
MMK 1991-2011. 20 Jahre Gegenwart, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
2010 Fast Forward 2. The Power of Motion. Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM – Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo

Originally trained in painting and drawing, David Claerbout is known for his works using photography, video, digital technology and sound. His practice revolves around the concepts of temporality and duration, images suspended in a tension between stillness and movement, as well as the experience of dilated time and memory. David Claerbout says that he “sculpts in duration. The definition of duration is different from that of time: duration is not an independent state-like time, but an in-between state.” With his large-scale video-based installations, the artist makes the viewer a part of the work: whether by establishing a connection between the projected images on the screen and the audience, or by creating a spatial relationship between the screen itself and the exhibition space, or simply, by allowing a process by which “a single scene can develop into another by the presence of the spectator and a bit of time.”