On show are films by the British street artist Banksy, the surrealist eccentric Salvador Dalí, filming media artists such as Matthias Müller, Christoph Girardet and Rä di Martino, the sculptor Rebecca Horn, the photographer Agnès Varda and the performers Gilbert & George.
Their unique, emphatically idiosyncratic form unites the artists, as different as they may be. The thinking of the narrative image into new dimensions. The destruction of every linear narration. And – last but not least – the leap out of the drawer of any order fanatic cataloguing.
The German Norvegian artist, born in 1966 and living in Berlin, is the only most successfull and well-known filming artists in Germany who consistently combines social criticism with ironically grotesque stagings.
By exploiting the history of pop culture, mass media and cinema in his short films, he celebrates a unique balance between pessimistic melancholia and hysterical humour. With a very personal signature – Melhus plays all parts himself. Winner of many awards at festivals such as Oberhausen or institutional honors as the German Filmpreis, he has been incarnating many heroes of the Western mass culture, from James Dean or Jim Morrison to Marylin Monroe, Janis Joplin or the philosopher of capitalism Ayn Rand.
For the “Interlude” he presents his most recent works and gives an insight into his film SUGAR, which is still in production. In his talk he will also deal with the relationship of film and installation. Website Bjørn Melhus Moderated by Bernhart Schwenk (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pinakothek der Moderne)
Anne Imhof (born 1978) is one of the most important and original artists of our time. Her work spans the genres of performance, painting and room installation; she examines the traditional images and processes handed down through culture and the mass media and develops new tactics to reach a broader definition of the term “performance”. With the success of very few artists, she precisely captures the existentialism of current life and conveys it in impressive scenes and images that long remain with the viewer. The moving image serves not only for archival purposes but also to complement the live performances.
Anne Imhof has already held numerous international exhibitions. In addition to other important prizes, including the Berliner Preis der Nationalgalerie, she won the prestigious Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Biennale for her work “Faust”, which was shown at the German Pavilion. Recently, the PIN Young Circle (PIN.YC) sponsorship group of the Pinakothek der Moderne purchased five of Anne Imhof’s drawings for the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung. She created these insightful sketches as studies for the five-hour-long performance in the German Pavilion. Anne Imhof in conversation with Michael Hering (Director of Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München) and Katja Blomberg (Director of Haus am Waldsee Berlin)
British artist Phil Collins (born 1970) studies the nuances of social relationships in different locations and global communities in his films, installations, photographs and live events. With new forms of artist actions such as a disco marathon in Ramallah, satirical teleshopping events, karaoke performances “Made in Japan” or call-to-vinyl actions, Phil Collins is expanding his video art to cross genres and include performance, theatre and music production. His work completely redefines the term “multimedia”.
The professor of video art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) was nominated for the Turner Prize, is a winner of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts and received the Audience Award at KINO DER KUNST in 2015.
For the “Zwischenspiel / Interlude”, Phil Collins at the “Harry Klein” club explores a space where – as in his art – dance, music and visuals coalesce into a unified emotional experience. The talk is moderated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel (Artistic Director of KINO DER KUNST)
Discussion with Shirin Neshat after the screening
The Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum (1900 to 1975) is still celebrated worldwide as the “Callas of the Orient”, as a timelessly outstanding artist with an extraordinary voice and unforgettable musical intensity. Often forgotten is that Oum Kulthum lived during a politically dramatic era in Egypt – she was and remains a legendary woman for the male-dominated Islamic world.
It was only a question of time until her life and music would become a topic for the Iran-born Shirin Neshat, one of the most important contemporary artists, who was last year’s winner of the world’s most significant art prize, the Praemium Imperiale. In her photos, video installations and films, Neshat – whose works are regularly presented at KINO DER KUNST in Munich – often addresses the solitude of the Muslim woman in a world dominated by men. But instead of simply filming another biopic à la Hollywood and dutifully retelling the life of the famous Egyptian, Neshat introduces autobiographical details and the stylistic concepts of her own art. Oum Kulthum’s life and work become a cinematic artwork that – apart from all chaotic historical and present events – celebrates the strength of a woman and artist in the Islamic world.
Filmed in today’s Morocco, the script by Shirin Neshat and her partner and long-term accomplice Shoja Azari narrates a story within a story, i.e. the attempts by an alter ego of the artist – constantly shaken by doubt and drama – to film Oum Kulthum’s life. Stylistically, however, the film particularly emphasizes the singing and stage presence of the musician, just as it accounts for the videos of the New York-based artist. These include silent dream sequences, sophisticated choreography in the presence of the protagonists, an absence of all psychological simplification, and the beauty of the images and tracking shots typical for Neshat.
An event from NFP marketing & distribution in cooperation with KINO DER KUNST.
Neues Museum Nürnberg
06/10/16 – 02/04/17
Neues Museum Nürnberg in cooperation with KINO DER KUNST will offer a different art film programme every month – until April 2017.
Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Artistic Director of KINO DER KUNST, Franziska Stöhr, Curator of the film program, and Eva Kraus, Director of Neues Museum, discussing on current development in narrative art films. Neues Museum Nürnberg: The View
28/10/2016, 7 p.m.
Shortly after obtaining his degree in film science and philosophy at Columbia University in New York City, the Serbian shooting star attracted international attention and was distinguished with multiple awards for his short film Shelter (2009). In his work, Simic grapples with special phenomena of modern society. After his much-noted Thinker in the Supermarket (2012), a contemporary variant of Auguste Rodin’s world-famous sculpture, he presented his film Our Guardians (2015), which he had produced in Paris, at the last b3 Biennale in Frankfurt. In 2016, his most recent film, Melanchonic drone won First Prize of the Loop Festival Barcelona. Website Igor Simic
25/11/2016, 8.00 PM
The Belgian artist, honoured with numerous awards, became known through his film essay Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, which was shown in 1997 in Paris and at the documenta X in Kassel. The film anticipated at an early date the tragic events of September 11. Since then, Grimonprez’s works are found throughout the world at film festivals and in museums. Over and over, he focuses and criticises media manipulation. Solo exhibitions, including at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2007) and in SMAK in Ghent (2011-12). His most recent film, Shadow World, was recognised as the best documentary film at the International Film Festival Edinburgh 2016. Website Johan Grimonprez
10/02/2017, 7 p.m. – Kunstverein München
With great sensitivity for breath-taking pictures, the Irish filmmaker – who worked in the 1990s for artist James Coleman and as Art Director for renowned film productions such as Mel Gibson’s Braveheart – tells of a world in flux, whose beauty lies above all in the tragedy of change. In 2007, her film Metamorphosis was honoured with the main prize of the Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The Floating World, which premiered at the 2013 KINO DER KUNST, won a prize at the French festival VIDEOFORMES in 2014. Website Clare Langan
CINEMA AND PAINTING
11/01/2016 – 22/02/2016 FILMMUSEUM MÜNCHEN
From the fictional to the documentary treatment of the act of painting, from the biopic to the analytical essay – how film attempts to grasp as well as comprehend painting is illustrated by the series “Kino und Malerei” (Cinema and Painting), using cinema films from recent decades that are both outstanding and unique in their approach. The films will be accompanied by personal introductions from art historians or artists.
11/01/2017 – Młyn i krzyź (The Mill and the Cross)
PL 2011, 95’, original version with German subtitles
Directed by: Lech Majewski, Starring: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling Introduction: Bernhard Maaz (General Director of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen)
18/01/2017 – Studien zu Monet (Im imaginären Museum)
DE 2014,103 min. Directed by: Klaus Wyborny Introduction: Klaus Wyborny (Filmemacher)
25/01/2017 – Caravaggio
GB 1986, 93 min, OmU. Directed by: Derek Jarman, with: Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton Introduction: Ulrich Pfisterer (Director of Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte)
01/02/2017 – Love is the Devil (Studie für ein Portrait von Francis Bacon)
GB 1998, 90 min, OmU. Directed by: John Maybury. With: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton Introduction: M+M (artist duo)
08/02/2017 – Frida Kahlo – Naturaleza Viva (Frida Kahlo – Es lebe das Leben)
MX 1983, 108 min, OmU. Directed by: Paul Leduc. With Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Salvador Sánchez Introduction: Heinz Peter Schwerfel (Artistic Director, KINO DER KUNST)
15/2/2017 – El Sol del Membrillo (Dream of Light)
ES 1992, 133 min, OmeU. Directed by: Viktor Erice. With Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López, Carmen López Introduction: Franziska Stöhr (Curator, KINO DER KUNST)
22/02/2017 – Pollock
USA 2000, 122 min, OmU. Directed by: Ed Harris. With: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Connelly Introduction: Carsten Fock (painter)
Reality, realism, authenticity
Strategies of cinematic representation in art and documentary film
10/11/2016, 19.00 ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, MUNICH
How does an artistic documentary film differ from a documentary artist’s film? What does media authenticity mean and how can it be achieved? How can audiences distinguish between authenticity and lack of authenticity?
No discipline other than film has come so far in depicting a supposed reality. But while in a documentary film, the relationship to reality is seemingly obvious and viewers assume that the depicted events have actually occurred, art likes to leave things unclear.
In this panel discussion, filmmaker Andres Veiel, media artist Christoph Faulhaber, the artistic director of KINO DER KUNST Heinz Peter Schwerfel and the director of the International Documentary Film Festival Munich Daniel Sponsel will discuss the different strategies for dealing with reality, both in front of and behind the camera.
Moderation: Nan Mellinger
Highlights 13/15 22/03/2017, 9.00 PM CITY KINO
The third part of a series of films about Sunday outings. In Sonntag 3 the main character has a blind date with an suprisingly well known woman at the Grand Café in Berlin.
As seen through the eyes of a fisherman’s young daughter, the film illustrates the dramatic environmental changes in the Aral region where bizarre creatures, half horse, half human, are suddenly romping around. A tribute to the nomadic past of its people. KINO DER KUNST Main Award 2013
The Centrifuge Brain Project
Since the 1970s, scientists have been conducting research to study the effects of amusement park rides on the human brain. Adapting the aesthetics of a television documentary, this film takes a tongue-in-cheek look at humanity’s confusing search for bigger, better, faster and higher ways to happiness. KINO DER KUNST 2nd Main Award 2013
Untitled [Human Mask]
La Condition Humaine: Pictures of a deserted Fukushima after the 2011 tsunami. Then, a monkey educated in Japan as a server is wearing the mask of a woman and waiting on tables in an empty restaurant… KINO DER KUNST Main Award 2015
In their studio, a young photographer and his assistant photograph group shots of Tibetan nomad families in front of various backdrops. Personal contacts between the photographer and his subjects develop more and more. KINO DER KUNST 2nd Main Award 2015
Freedom & Independence
Money and faith, religion and capitalism, the bold of theses of the self-proclaimed inventor of American Objectivism, Ayn Rand, and the half-baked sermons of today’s cult gurus. A mix of musical and science fiction, elaborately filmed in Istanbul model settlements and a Berlin morgue.
Between reality and fiction
Artist Talk BJØRN MELHUS
21/10/14 Academy of Fine Arts Munich
Janis Joplin and James Dean, but also Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz”, a talk-show host who resembles a priest, or a war veteran haunted by his memories – these are the more or less heroic protagonists in the cosmos of German-Norwegian artist Bjørn Melhus (*1966), all played by himself. Melhus makes films of a slightly different art: they could easily be called extraterrestrial, but they always remain close to our pop-cultural reality. Ironically, he uses plots and action schemataund in the mass media and investigates their relationship to the viewer. He always stages moving images to self-arranged composite soundtracks of found footage material from movies and television. While in “Again&Again” (1998) he offers clones for purchase and caricatures telesales, and in the wonderfully strange “Auto Center Drive” (2003) he lets icons of American pop meet, in “Deadly Storms” (2008) he stages a news show in which the viewer is informed about an alleged danger until he finally understands that this is primarily a media strategy to keep him sitting in front of the screen. In the past few years, Melhus has dealt especially with war and its consequences, for example in “I’m Not the Enemy”, which received the German Short Film Award in 2011.
Originally from the experimental film world, his works are shown at film and media festivals such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen or the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück as well as in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London or the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Melhus has won numerous awards, including the Marler Video Art Award (1998), the HAP-Grieshaber Prize from VG Bild Kunst (2003) and the Prize of the Cinema Jury of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2009).
Between reality and fiction
Artist Talk SALLA TYKKÄ
10/06/14 Academy of Fine Arts Munich
The questionable perfection of beauty, the hard physical drills, the artificial female role templates and our cultural subconscious shaped by the cinematic images of Hollywood all belong to the leitmotifs of artist Salla Tykkä, who lives and works in Helsinki. Since 1998, Tykkä (b. 1973) has been shooting short films that are presented in exhibition spaces and film festivals and that laconically abstain from any commentary. At times as staged dramas, at other times as documentary observations, these films analyze our collective memory through the cliché situations imparted on us by mass media. Films like ‘Lasso’, ‘Cave’ or ‘Zoo’ (2006) depict leading female characters in fictitious key scenes derived from horror to Hitchcock film classics. Recent works, such as ‘Air Above the Ground’ (2010) about the dressage cruelty inflicted on the Lipizzaner horses, or ‘Victoria’ (2008), a time lapse of an only nocturnally and very briefly blooming water lily, use the supposedly objective documentary vantage point in order to question the idea of beauty. Tykkä most recent work, ‘Giant’ (2013), a cinematic visit to the training location of Romanian gymnasts who were once legendary for their grace, was honored at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam with the Tiger Award for the best short film.
Between reality and fiction
Artist Talk CLEMENS VON WEDEMEYER
11/06/14 Academy of Fine Arts Munich
Blurring the boundaries between the documentary and the staged, the question of the veracity of stories’ images and narratives, as well as the cinema as a real and conceptual place, are common themes in Clemens von Wedemeyer’s work. The early stages of his work are often characterized by an exploration of concrete locations and inspiration from film history. In ‘Silberhöhe’ (2003-2004), for example, this leads to the camera’s observation and migration through the empty housing Halle-Silberhöhe that was inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s film ‘L’eclisse’ (1962) and in which the houses resemble a film set. Other works like ‘Against Death’ (2009), which focuses on an immortality ritual, or ‘Muster/Rushes’ (2012), which, on three different temporal levels, deals with the history of the Breitenau monastery near Kassel, are complex and circular narratives without a beginning or end. Born in 1974, von Wedemeyer has received numerous awards and is represented with his works at both film festivals and exhibitions. In 2006, his film ‘Rien du tout’ (made in collaboration with Maja Schweizer) was honored at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen as the best German film. That same year, von Wedemeyer was awarded the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, MoMA PS1 in New York (both 2006), the Barbican Art Centre in London (2009) and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2011). In 2012, he participated in (d)OCUMENTA 13.