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A colourful sheet of music
William Engelen. Verstrijken

Performance – Mudam Collection

Performed on the occasion of the exhibition 25 years of the Mudam Collection, Verstrijken by William Engelen (b. 1964, Weert, Netherlands) refers to a method for composing music that the artist and composer has used since 2005. The sound work is based on journals that the artist transcribed as a score for a solo instrument. It is conceived as a form of self-portraiture, where the musicians perform an episode from their personal history as music. For this iteration the artist has worked with musician André Pons-Valdès from the Luxembourgish instrumental ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin, who kept a diary for seven days which was transformed by Engelen into a forty-four-minute violin solo score.


William Engelen about his composition for solo violin "Verstrijken" (EN, subtitles: FR)

William Engelen (b. 1964, Weert, Netherlands) has held solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum The Hague, The Netherlands (2021–22); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2019); n.b.k. Berlin, (2019); Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany (2018); Staatsoper Hannover, Germany (2018); Public Art Experience, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg (2016); Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia (2015); Bienal de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia (2014); The Drawing Centre, New York (2014), Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, (2013); Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2012); ZDF Hauptstadtstudio, KNM, Berlin (2011); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, (2011). He lives and works in Berlin and Rotterdam.