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: www.artmuseum.pl
Kinomuseum Programme details:
All screenings begin 7 pm, unless otherwise noted
"Shame" (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, UK
Art Documents: "The Posters Came From the Walls" (2009), directed by Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams, UK. A documentary about Depeche Mode fans.
Coming Soon: "The Future" (2011), directed by Miranda July, Germany, USA
Collection: Review of video works by Jonathan Horowitz 1997-2009, USA
Collection: Review of video works by Laurel Nakadate 2000-2009, USA
Artist Moving Image: "Zdobywcy słońca" (2011), directed by Anna Baumgart, Poland. Screenings run throughout the day.
Artist Moving Image: "The Stranger" (2011), directed by Damián Ortega, Mexico
Curating Cinema: "Vorspannkino". A presentation of outstanding film titles prepared by Susanne Pffefer from Berlin’s Kunst-Werke.
Re:Forma: "It Looks Pretty From a Distance" (2011), directed by Wilhelm and Anna Sasnal, Poland. A talk with Wilhelm Sasnal following the screening.
Art Documents: "!Women Art Revolution" (2010), directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA
Collection: A review of video works by Igor Krenz and William Lamson
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.
Artist Moving Image: A review of works by Stan VanDerBeek 1957-1965, USA
Curating Cinema: A special presentation on unfinished films by curator Thomas Beard from New York’s Light Industry.
Artist Moving Image: "1395 Days Without Red" (2011), by Anri Sala and Seyla Kamerič, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK
Art. Documents: "Strange Culture" (2010) by Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA
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.
Re:Forma: "Rose" (2011), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, Poland
Animation: "Surviving Life" (2010), directed by Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Animation: "Goodbye Mister Christie" (2010), directed by Phil Mulloy, UK
Coming Soon: "Deep End" (1970), directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
Collection: "Arbeit" (2011) and "Sigmar" (2008), by Duncan Campbell, UK
Animation: A review of works by Nathalie Djurberg and Stacey Steers
Re:Forma: A lecture by Piotr Dumała "Między animacją a fabułą" / “Between Animation and Feature Film”
Official inauguration of Warsaw Museum of Modern Art’s Filmoteka film archive