Encounters between Art and Cinema

An exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst,
in cooperation with the Goetz Collection and KINO DER KUNST


The donation of 375 video works from the Goetz Collection to the Free State of Bavaria in 2014 seals a gap in the Bavarian museum landscape while simultaneously continuing Munich’s long-standing tradition as a film and media hub in Germany. The endowment now provides a variety of opportunities for future displays in the area of video and new-media art. Last year saw the launch of the art-film festival KINO DER KUNST, which garnered international attention from the moment the lights dimmed for its very first screening. KINO DER KUNST is about to be held for the second time, with events taking place from 22 April to 26 April 2015.

The Goetz endowment and the upcoming festival now provide the perfect opportunity for a comprehensive exhibition of video works at both the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst. The exhibition ‘Creating Realities – Encounters between Art and Cinema’ takes a closer look at fictional narration in contemporary new-media and video art and also draws from the theme of this year’s KINO DER KUNST festival.

On show are works by 17 video artists who were born in the decades from the 1960s to the 1980s. This generation of artists uses new media art to explore the reception and reflection of narrative cinema. The curators have selected some films and multi-channel video installations with a fictional character and innovative narrative structure. What they all share is a hermetically sealed, immersive visual world, as well as an outlook that is lyrical or utopian.

CHAPTER 1: A Question of Silence

Pinakothek der Moderne, ROOM 21
05.02.2015 – 31.05.2015

Yang Fudong, Lock Again, 2004, 1-Kanal-Videoprojektion (Farbe, Ton), Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München © Yang Fudong

Works by Ulla von Brandenburg (DEU), Sven Johne (DEU), Jesper Just (DNK), Sam Taylor-Wood (GBR), Yang Fudong (CHN)

In a confrontation with the traditional cinematic narrative, events follow a linear, transparent temporality. But spoken language is not always the medium that supports the action. Communication often takes place without words; sometimes silence produces a complete history of its own or makes the unconscious or subconscious tangible.

CHAPTER 2: L’Ellipse

Pinakothek der Moderne, Rooms 30a –35
10.03.2015 – 31.05.2015

Philipp Lachenmann, „ALICE.M“, 2009 / 10 2-Kanal-HD-Videoinstallation, Farbe / Ton, 9’30’’ Courtesy Sammlung Goetz

Works by Keren Cytter (ISR), Omer Fast (ISR), John Gerrard (IRL), Pierre Huyghe (FRA), Philipp Lachenmann (DEU), Clement Page (GBR)

In the study of narrative, an omission of events that are not essential for the progress of a story is called an „ellipse“. The works gathered here are so fragmented or tell a story with so many perspectives that the narrative construction becomes an enigma. What is true; how do the individual parts fit together? How reliable is the story?

CHAPTER 3: Neighbour’s Yard

Pinakothek der Moderne, Room Temporär 2
16.04.2015 – 31.05.2015

Ryan Trecartin, „Wayne’s World“, 2003, 1-Kanal-Video, Farbe / Ton, 8’, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz

Works by Ed Atkins (GBR), Brice Dellsperger (FRA), Bjørn Melhus (DEU), Ryan Trecartin (USA), Andro Wekua (GEO)

As a conceptual image, the title „Neighbour‘s Yard“ awakens associations with voyeurism, or with something that perhaps lies in the dark, but also of otherness. It is a look into a different world as well as a game with different identities and roles. Pictorial aesthetics of television, cinema, internet and social networks offer inspiration. The analog and digital worlds merge.

CHAPTER 4: Grosse Fatigue

Museum Brandhorst, Media Rooms
16.04.2015 – 31.05.2015

Works by Camille Henrot (FRA)

The computer desktop seems to be the new window on the world, digitally supported and as flat as the surface of a tablet. Reality appears to be a networked structure and, with increasing speed, a deconstruction and reconfiguration of conventional ideas. Narrative develops from the permanent circulation of diverse information found in image, text and sound.