Murnau’s lasting black and white orgy from the shadow world ‘Nosferatu’, complemented by the homage to the silent film ‘The Lost’ by Reynold Reynolds, who lives in Amsterdam. Introduction: Patrick Kammann, Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich
Reynold Reynolds | THE LOST | DE 2012, 16 min Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau | NOSFERATU | DE 1922, 94 min (German OV)
With Max Schreck
Utrecht, Caravaggio & Europa David Lynch & Julian Rosefeldt
David Lynch’s rich orgy of eroticism and violence ‘Blue Velvet’ meets Julian Rosefeldt’s ‘Deep Gold’, a cinematic nightmare between avant-garde and apocalypse of the late Weimar Republic. Introduction: Bernd Ebert, Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich
Julian Rosefeldt | DEEP GOLD | DE 2014, 18 min David Lynch | BLUE VELVET | US 1986, 121 min (Engl OV German Subs)
With Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper
Utrecht, Caravaggio & Europa Paolo Sorrentino & Luca Trevisani
Much beauty, but also aesthetic innovation and plenty of nostalgia: Paolo Sorrentino succeeded with his Oscar winner, a homage to Fellini’s ‘Dolce Vita’ and ‘Roma’ evoking the ‘eternal city’, a mixture of cynicism and tenderness, with spectacular camera movements and magical moments. Luca Trevisani’s tribute to the last white rhinoceros in North Africa, Sudan, guarded by heavily armed rangers, which the artist surrounds with lengths of cloth as if to protect him from impending death, is also tender, but by no means cynical. Introduction: Susanne Hoppe, Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich, with Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Kino der Kunst
Luca Trevisani | SUDAN | I 2016, 15 min Paolo Sorrentino | LA GRANDE BELLEZZA | I, F 2013, 241 min (Italian OV, German subs)
Hitchcock’s classic ‘Psycho’, taken up again and again by contemporary artists, is introduced by Bjørn Melhus’ exuberant ‘Bathroom’, in which the artist leads Hitchcock’s original voice – with a cute accent – through a contemporary villa. Introduction: Lars Zieke, Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich
Bjørn Melhus | THE BATHROOM | DE 2011, 5 min Alfred Hitchcock | PSYCHO | US 1960, 109 min (Engl OV German Subs)
With Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
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)
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)
La Ferdinanda: Sonata for a Medici-Villa
La Ferdinanda: Sonata for a Medici Villa is staged in a grand Renaissance hunting seat. The setting serves as a haven for tranquil repose (for Caterina de Dominicis, former opera singer and owner of the villa), convalescence (for young ballet dancer Simona), hiding (for Dr. Marchetti, after a series of scandals), rehearsal (for the cello player) and celebration (for a wedding party). The villa is a symbol for hidden stories and faded glories, especially for its larger-than-life owner, who wishes to maintain an illusion of luxury and grandeur. In truth, the villa’s residents are all living in a state of suspension or impotence: even the peacocks’ plumage is not strikingly colourful but a ghostly white. (Source: Tate Modern)
Rebecca Horn (born 24 March 1944, Michelstadt, Hesse) is a German visual artist, who is best known for her installation art, film directing, and her body modifications such as Einhorn (Unicorn), a body-suit with a very large horn projecting vertically from the headpiece. She directed the films Der Eintänzer (1978), La ferdinanda: Sonate für eine Medici-Villa (1982) and Buster’s Bedroom (1990). Horn presently lives and works in Paris and Berlin.
La Ferdinanda: Sonata for a Medici-Villa | Federal Republic of Germany 1982 | D+Sc: Rebecca Horn | DOP: Jiri Kadanka | M: Ingfried Hoffmann | C: Valentina Cortese, Javier Escriba, Gisela Hahn, Hans-Peter Hallwachs, Michael Maisky, David Warrilow | 85 min
Impressions de la Haute Mongolie (Impressions of Upper Mongolia)
20/02/2019 | 9 pm | Attending Bodo Kessler | Introduction M+M
Preceded by UN CHIEN ANDALOU (An Andalusian Dog) Filmmuseum München | Tickets 089 / 23 39 64 50
A rare pearl of a very special kind presents the series “‘Cinema Dreams in Artists Cinema”: “Impressions of Upper Mongolia” has been conceived in 1976 by the surrealist and eccentric Salvador Dalí for the TV station WDR. It is about an imaginary trip in search of a hallified mushroom, told with a range of surrealistic video effects.
A special highlight of the evening organized by KINO DER KUNST: The Munich artist duo M+M, responsible for the introduction of the program, succeeded in locating the cameraman of the film realized jointly by Salvador Dalí and WDR director José Montes-Baquer. Bodo Kessler, who also worked with Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik and Volker Schlöndorff, tells the story of the genesis of the project, from the first meeting with Dalí and Frau Gala in New York to the shooting in her house in Cadaques, Spain.
Impressions de la Haute Mongolie | BRD 1976 | D: José Montes-Baquer | B: Salvador Dalí | DOP: Bodo Kessler, Manfred Kage | M: Ingfried Hoffmann | 57 min | French OV with German subtitles “Salvador Dalí and his fellow surrealists owed a great debt to the wealthy, dandyish French writer Raymond Roussel, as much as modernist poets owed the Symbolist Jules Laforgue. But like Laforgue, Roussel is much more often referenced than read, and he isn’t referenced often. A hermetic, insular writer who seems to belong to a private world almost entirely his own, Roussel despaired of his lack of success and committed suicide in 1933. His aesthetic progeny, on the other hand— Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, André Breton—were showmen, self-promoters and media geniuses. So it’s particularly poignant, in the quirkiest of ways, that Dalí chose for his final film project a collaboration with Jose Montes Baquer in 1976 called “Impressions of Upper Mongolia” (“Impressions de la haute Mongolie”—above with English subtitles), an homage to Roussel’s self-published 1910 novel Impressions of Africa.
Roussel, who traveled widely, never traveled to Africa, and his “impressions” are wholly creations of the kind of wordplay that Dalí made visual in his painting (including a canvas with Roussel’s title). Like Roussel’s novel, Impressions of Upper Mongolia is a surrealist fantasy with only the most tenuous connection to its ostensible geographical subject.” (openculture.com)
Un Chien andalou | France 1929 | D: Luis Buñuel | B: Luis Buñuel, SalvadorDalí | DOP: Albert Duverger | C: Simone Mareuil, Pierre Batcheff, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí | 16 min | OV with Engl. Subtitles “Un Chien Andalou made quite the stir upon its release. It was presented first at an invitation only-session at the Studio des Ursulines art house on June 6, 1929. It had its public release at Montmartre’s Studio 28 on October 1st. While not officially part of the Surrealist movement until after the film had shown, Dali and Bunuel’s film was quickly adopted by the group as part of their aesthetic repertoire.” (wherethelongtailends.com)
Controfigura (The Stand-in)
Rä di Martino
13/02/2019 — 9 p.m. | Attending Rä di Martino Filmmuseum München | Tickets 089 / 23 39 64 50
A small film crew is wandering about Marrakesh and the surrounding desert. They are looking for locations for the remake of the American film “The Swimmer” in which a man swims his way home, passing through the houses and pools that he finds along the route. (Biennale di Venezia)
Statement of the artist: “Traveling in Morocco and talking to the many Europeans who transferred there, I was struck by the number of hotels, swimming pools and immense golf courses that have been constructed in recent years, especially in Marrakesh. The city has to face an ever growing number of tourists of all kinds, and has to keep them all happy: from the wealthy Russians, Arabs or Europeans, who build themselves private paradises walled off from the rest of the city, to ex-hippies and people on package tours. New presences that have profoundly transformed the landscape, with hundreds of swimming pools scattered around the city. This is where I imagined my swimmer, a stand in suffering from a midlife crisis, and at the same time the crisis of his alter egos, of the real actors and of the system they represent.” (Rä di Martino)
Working for the first time with a co-director, French artist JR, the 90 years old veteran documentary maker Agnès Varda makes study of ‘faces and places’.
“Visages, Villages is a movie about itself: the subjects are so warm and wonderful it’s a wise move. Varda and JR travel to small French towns in his van, which is decorated like an enormous camera. Inside is a photo-booth and large format prints spit out the side. Is there actually an assistant dropping the images out? Yes, probably, but while this movie is about the process of making art, it doesn’t want to destroy the magic entirely.” (The Guardian)
Agnès Varda will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera 2019.
Agnès Varda is one of the most important contemporary francophone filmmakers. She started out as a theatre photographer in Paris before shooting her first feature film in 1954, with no prior filmmaking experience. Through Alain Resnais, who edited the film, Varda first came into contact with the circle surrounding the Cahiers du Cinéma, who would later go on to form the core of the French Nouvelle Vague. Visages, villages (Faces Places), made in collaboration with French artist JR, was nominated for the 2018 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
JR (Juste Ridicule) is the pseudonym of a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. Describing himself as a photograffeur, he flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations, in a manner similar to the appropriation of the built environment by the graffiti artist. He states that the street is “the largest art gallery in the world”.
Herlinde Koelbl is since the end of the 1980’s Germany’s most widely discussed photographer and documentary maker. She is knewn for her portraits of well-known German personalities from politics and business world. Mostly she offers large-scale thematic projects, often dealing with societal taboos. Since the end of the 1980`s one of Germany’s most widely discussed photographers.
Short film program
Matthias Müller & Christoph Girardet
Since 1999 the experimental filmmaker Matthias Müller and the media artist Christoph Girardet realise together award-winning short films, which have been produced in a rigorous formal processes to create fascinating images and film poems. Mostly from their own 35mm takes and carefully selected found footage film excerpts, they exaggerate cinema into art, treat topics like childhood (“Meteor”), mirror scenes (“Crystal”) or light effects (“Contre-Jour”). All her films are a new dramatic condensation of the raw material cinema, such as the calm editing sequence of seemingly undramatic scenes in “personne”, a tribute to the great, behind his roles completely disappearing French “Nobody” Jean-Louis Trintignant.
In this feature film where what is real and what might be fake blurs, the infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist Banksy, who has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world, comes in contact with Thierry Guetta, a Los Angeles-based Frenchman who videotapes various underground art escapades. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP follows Guetta’s attempts to capture the ever-elusive Banksy at work–only to have the mischievous artist turn the camera back on him with hilarious results. Is it all real? Or could this be Banksy’s greatest stunt yet? The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Introduction: Sebastian Pohl (Positive-Propaganda e.V.)
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Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his existence to creating spiritual and artistic awareness, told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language. Introduction: Dunja Bialas (film critic)
Thank you, Gilbert and George!
The film series “Cinema Dreams in Artists Cinema” has started! On January 10, 2019, Gilbert and George kicked off the series at the Filmmuseum in Munich and showed how much they have become one with their art figures. Seeing Gilbert and George’s perfect performance during the audience discussion all questions of authenticity, illusion and disillusion as well as the difference between reality and fiction were obsolete. Art is being, being is art.
We are looking forward to welcoming the British artist duo Gilbert & George for the Special Opening of the new film series CINEMA DREAMS IN ARTISTS CINEMA on January 10, 2019. You can book tickets now!
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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.
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.