Smilde treats these sculptures, captured in time in a photograph, as representative of his appreciation of physical presence found within transitional space; the viewer may only experience this environmental sculpture for a moment before it dissipates entirely. Smilde immortalizes his nimbus clouds through photography. This summer Smilde developed a cloud in the Bonnefanten Museum.
Time Magazine proclaimed the art of Berndnaut Smilde as the best artistic invention of 2012 . The works of Berndnaut Smilde are part of the famous Saatchi Collection and are exhibited at DSM’s Headquarters in Heerlen.
Simultaneously Berndnaut Smilde is the guest curator of Kammerspiele in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. He exhibits his personal choice of works from the Bonnefantenmuseum’s collection in a dialogue with his own work. The title of the exhibition, Kammerspiele, is derived from Smilde's 2012 work of the same name.