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Kinomuzeum at the MoMA in Warsaw


Warsaw's Museum of Modern Art has launched a new cinema programme and online archive service to bridge the gap between the realms of art and film

The programme encompasses rare underground works alongside feature films which have been shown at some of the world’s major film festivals. Kinomuseum screenings launched with a premiere of "Shame" a film directed by Steve McQueen, recently presented at the International Film Festival in Venice. Some of the other titles featured as part of Kinomuseum will be Miranda July’s "The Future", Jan Švankmajer’s "Surviving Life" , Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s "It Looks Pretty From a Distance", Wojciech Smarzowski’s "Rose", Phil Mulloy "Goodbye Mister Christie" and the digitally remastered legendary picture by Jerzy Skolimowski, "Deep End”.

Apart from these feature films, additional screenings in six different categories await the connoisseurs of audiovisual experience with the following series: Artist Moving Image, Collection, ReForm, Art Documents, Curating Cinema and Animation.

Artist Moving Image comprises Polish premiere showings of works by such artists as Anri Sala, Chapman brothers, Jeremy Deller and Damián Ortega. The Collection series will present works from the Museum of Modern Art collection by Laurel Nakadate, Jonathan Horowitz, and Duncan Campbell. Lectures and meetings with artists run throughout the month as part of the ReForm series, aiming to instigate a debate on the formal aspects of Polish cinema. As part of the Curating Cinema series, audiences will view Susanne Pfeffer’s work on filmworks’ title and opening credits sequences, a film by Stuart Comer (Tate Modern Gallery), devoted to avant-garde artist Lis Rhodes, and listen to a lecture from Thomas Beard (Light Industry New York).

Crowning the Kinomuseum series on the 2nd of March, the official launch of Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art Filmoteka makes an archive of over 600 titles in experimental film and video art open up to the public. On this occasion, the artist Józef Robakowski and the Museum’s curator, Łukasz Ronduda will give a talk about the most interesting phenomena of Polish video and cinematographic art from the 1920s up to the present.

Warsaw’s MoMA welcomes visitors with a beaming Skarpa neon, restored from one of the capital’s old cinemas. A legend, and in its day an institution, Skarpa opened in 1960. It screened some of the most important Polish and international premieres, among which was Andrzej Wajda’a "Man of Marble". The neon is all that remains of the cinema, which was torn down in 2008.

The selection of films shown throughout the month and the events which accompany the screenings aim at connecting the genres of visual art and film.

The admission to all meetings, films and screenings is free of charge, although places are limited. Pre-registration applies to all screenings in the Coming Soon series. For more information, see:

Kinomuseum Programme details:

All screenings begin 7 pm, unless otherwise noted

  • 3rd of February (Friday)

"Shame" (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, UK

  • 4th of February (Saturday)

Art Documents: "The Posters Came From the Walls" (2009), directed by Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams, UK. A documentary about Depeche Mode fans.

  • 5th of February (Sunday)

Coming Soon: "The Future" (2011), directed by Miranda July, Germany, USA

  • 7th of February (Tuesday)

Collection: Review of video works by Jonathan Horowitz 1997-2009, USA

  • 8th of February (Wednesday)

Collection: Review of video works by Laurel Nakadate 2000-2009, USA

  • 9th of February (Thursday)

Artist Moving Image: "Zdobywcy słońca" (2011), directed by Anna Baumgart, Poland. Screenings run throughout the day.

  • 10th of February (Friday)

Artist Moving Image: "The Stranger" (2011), directed by Damián Ortega, Mexico

  • 11th of February (Saturday)

Curating Cinema: "Vorspannkino". A presentation of outstanding film titles prepared by Susanne Pffefer from Berlin’s Kunst-Werke.

  • 12th of February (Sunday), 5.30 pm

Re:Forma: "It Looks Pretty From a Distance" (2011), directed by Wilhelm and Anna Sasnal, Poland. A talk with Wilhelm Sasnal following the screening.

  • 14th of February (Tuesday)

Art Documents: "!Women Art Revolution" (2010), directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA

  • 15th of February (Wednesday)

Collection: A review of video works by Igor Krenz and William Lamson

  • 16th of February (Thursday)

Curating Cinema: film-performance "Light Music" by Lis Rhodes, performed by Robert Piotrowicz. The performance is introduced with a lecture by Stuart Comer, a curator at the Tate Modern Gallery.

  • 17th of February (Friday)

Artist Moving Image: A review of works by Stan VanDerBeek 1957-1965, USA

  • 18th of February (Saturday)

Curating Cinema: A special presentation on unfinished films by curator Thomas Beard from New York’s Light Industry.

  • 19th of February (Sunday)

Artist Moving Image: "1395 Days Without Red" (2011), by Anri Sala and Seyla Kamerič, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK

  • 21st of February (Tuesday)

Art. Documents: "Strange Culture" (2010) by Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA

  • 22nd of February (Wednesday)

Coming Soon: Special screening of the digitally remastered "Deep End" (1970), directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, UK and West Germany. Screening followed by a talk with by Jerzy Skolimowski.

  • 23rd of February (Thursday)

Re:Forma: "Rose" (2011), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, Poland

  • 24th of February (Friday)

Animation: "Surviving Life" (2010), directed by Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic, Slovakia

  • 25th of February (Saturday)

Animation: "Goodbye Mister Christie" (2010), directed by Phil Mulloy, UK

  • 26th of February (Sunday)

Coming Soon: "Deep End" (1970), directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

  • 28th of February (Tuesday)

Collection: "Arbeit" (2011) and "Sigmar" (2008), by Duncan Campbell, UK

  • 29th of February (Wednesday)

Animation: A review of works by Nathalie Djurberg and Stacey Steers

  • 1st of March (Thursday)

Re:Forma: A lecture by Piotr Dumała "Między animacją a fabułą" / “Between Animation and Feature Film”

  • 2nd of March (Friday)

Official inauguration of Warsaw Museum of Modern Art’s Filmoteka film archive

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