CURATOR > Exhibition: "Real Time: Sweepers" by Maarten Baas, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

New video technology has made it possible to create movies of great length, even as long as twelve hours. Maarten Baas employed this technology in a series of films called Real Time that combine theater, art, film and design. These 12-hour-long movies function as clocks, illustrating the passing of time by filming in uncut intervals of 12 hours each. In Sweepers, which will be presented by YBCA, the passage of time is marked by the human action of sweeping debris.

Real Time debuted in Milan at the Salone del Mobile in April of 2009. Works from the Real Time series are now in the permanent collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; La Maison Rouge, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Zuiderzee (who commissioned a work for their permanent collection) in the Netherlands.

Born in 1978 in Arnsberg, Germany, Maarten Baas was raised in the Netherlands. In 2002, he graduated from the renowned Dutch arts academy, Design Academy Eindhoven. Named Designer of the Year at Design Miami 2009, Maarten Baas has emerged as a major new talent. His work is included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Groninger Museum and the Stedlijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This program is organized by independent curator and advisor, Dane Jensen with generous support from The Consulate General of the Netherlands


Seeing Orange: Dutch Design Week SF
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
Outdoor Projection (exterior of the Forum wall)
November 7 – 21, 2010