The exhibition in Berlin presents a review of creative works produced by Zbigniew Rybczyński throughout his life, including films – both digital and analogue – and sketches and drawings that portray Rybczyński’s attempts to bring classical masters’ works into the modern age.
The exhibition in Berlin presents a review of creative works produced by Zbigniew Rybczyński throughout his life, including films – both digital and analogue – and sketches and drawings that portray Rybczyński’s attempts to bring classical masters’ works into the modern age
Rybczyński is known for his foray into image syntheses and new forms of representing imagery combining photographic realism and the methodology of Renaissance masters’ such as Leonardo da Vinci or Piero della Francesca. The Polish artist’s works will be shown alongside works by the Hungarian experimental artist Gábora Bódy whose works are equally impressive and have contributed to innovation in the field of new media art and contemporary audiovisual culture.
Both Rybczyński and Bódy have pushed forward the concept of the moving image – both in experimental film, video and television – and have made a significant impact on the development and changes taking place in the arts and culture that mirror technological innovations in the world at large.
State of Images comprises a double retrospective of works of artists who have made a name for themselves around the world and have proved that Central Europe – a place considered by many to be technologically ‘backwards’ – can push methods of creating images into the modern age.
Additionally, the exhibit is complemented by a specially-prepared collection of Rybczyński’s works made available by the University’s video library and a series of the artist’s first projections on 35 mm film, from the collections of the Polish National Film Archive. The special projections will be commented by Siegfried Zieliński, a German media theory professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and Michel Foucault Chair at the European Graduate School, and Piotr Krajewski, artistic director of WRO International Media Art Biennale, who will also moderate a meeting with the artist.
The exhibit is prepared by the Berlin University of the Arts, the WRO Art Centre, and the Center for Culture & Communication (C3) in Budapest, together with the Collegium Hungaricum and Polish Institute in Berlin.
Zbigniew Rybczyński (born in 1949 in Łódź) is an experimental film director, operator and lecturer in new media. After graduating an arts high school in Warsaw, Rybczyński worked at the Miniature Film Studio and, in 1969, started studies at the National Film School in Łódź, where he took part in the Forum Film Workshop. Most of what are considered Rybczyński’s most important films, including his Academy Award-winning short film “Tango” (1983), were created at the Se-Ma-For Studios in Łódź.
After moving to the United States, Rybczyński began working in video and hi-def technology and earned the name Big Zbig making music videos for groups like Simple Minds, Mick Jagger or John Lennon. Between 1987 and 1994, Zbig ran his own studio that was fitted with the most modern HDTV technology. Besides having won an Oscar, Rybczyński has won an Emmy, a Golden Gate Award, an Electronic Cinema Festival Award from Tokyo and Montreal, an MTV Video Music Award, an American Video Award, a Monitor Award and a Billboard Music Video Award. He has worked at the National Film School in Łódź, Columbia University in New York, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Yoshiba Universiy of Art and Design in Tokyo. In 2008, the Polish Ministry of Culture awarded Rybczyński the Gloria Artis Medal and the National Film School granted him a honorary doctorate degree. Currently, the artist is working on opening a new film studio in the historical Wrocław Film Production Studio which he intends to shape into an innovative educational institution.
Dates: 27th of October - 30th of December, 2011
Venue: Berlin Academy of the Arts, Hanseatenweg 10, Halle 2
Organised by: The WRO Arts Centre, Berlin Academy of the Arts
The exhibition has been financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.