Special Edition by Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde has made an international name for himself in recent years with his work. His cloud as a temporary sculpture has become an icon. With a large series of museum exhibitions at home and abroad, he is very successful with his poetic interventions in space. For We Like Art, the artist made a new Nimbus in Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden.

Berndnaut talks about the new edition in this video we made for Instagram (hence the portrait format).

We are very happy that we can finally bring a new Nimbus from Berndnaut Smilde very soon. Many of our followers have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Exactly 5 years ago, the last We Like Art edition of Berndnaut was published. That special edition in an edition of 50 copies sold out in 6 hours(!).

‘Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal’ is available to everyone for 24 hours. Now that his work is being presented internationally for international prizes, Berndnaut Smilde would like to offer a broader audience the opportunity to collect his work. Update: the editions is no longer available



Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal (2022) 

For 24 hours only, starting September 8 at 12:00 CET, our timed edition by Berndnaut Smilde was available to order. Update: the edition cannot be bought anymore.

  • Price: € 475 | with frame: € 600 (excl. shippingcosts) 
  • Edition size: 127
  • Dimensions: 30 cm x 43,1 cm, frame dimensions: 32 x 45 cm 
  • Medium: Durst Lambda C-print
  • Certificate: Individually signed and numbered stickerlabel by the artist. 
  • Launch: September 8 12:00h (CET)
  • You can order the special edition on this page


Berndnaut Smilde, Museum Lakenhal, Leiden

We witnessed the cloud making process during the session in Museum De Lakenhal. There is a great beauty to the clouds, elusive short-lived ‘sculptures’ captured as a monumental event. Berndnaut first manipulates the humidity of the room and the temperature in such a way that the cloud hangs for a short moment. During a day a series of clouds appear, each cloud is different because of the light, chance and humidity. After studying the results, the artist chooses the most appealing Nimbus.


Berdnaut Smilde, making of Nimbus Lakenhal - process photo

Making of Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal, juli 2022

Building the set and testing the fog machine and the moisture, experimenting with lighting the temporary cloud, it all takes quite some time. That the result is one photo, as a documented event, a symbol the cloud was there for a brief moment in that specific location, that remains a beautiful and strong idea.


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal in progress

On July 4, 2022, the artist and his team created a new Nimbus in the courtyard of Museum De Lakenhal. A special location where the old building and the fairly recent new construction of the museum meet. On a previous visit to the museum, Berndnaut was immediately very enthusiastic about this place, and about the full light that falls through the skylights on the historic courtyard.


Berdnaut Smilde, making of Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal 

The former ‘Achterplaets’ of the museum has been provided with a glass roof by the architects (HappelCornelisseVerhoeven) and forms the central orientation space of the museum. From here, the various building parts are visible and accessible. Traces of almost 375 years of building history are clearly visible at Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal.


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal (2022), framed

Works by Berndnaut Smilde (1978, Groningen) are included in the collections of: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Saatchi Gallery London, DSM Art Collection Heerlen, UMC Utrecht, Kunstmuseum The Hague, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Smilde exhibited at home and abroad, in 2020 he took part in World Expo 2020, in the Dutch Pavilion in Dubai.


Special edition, Berndnaut Smilde: Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal (2022)


Alle in situ photographs at Museum De Lakenhal: Annegret Kellner

  • Berndnaut Smilde

    Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal (2022), special edition

  • Berndnaut Smilde

    Nimbus Museum De Lakenhal (2022), framed special edition