24 – 28 March 2012
2pm till 8pm
OPENING RECEPTION: 23 March, 8pmPress release
You killed the Underground Film or The Real Meaning of Kunst bleibt ... bleibt ...
Wilhelm Hein was one of the key figures that created the grounds and concepts of avant-garde film in the 1960s. Artists of the film avant-garde in the 1920s pursued the question of the independence of colour and shape, applying an analysis of painting and static image, to the moving image. In this sense, their endeavors were as if kinetic painting. What Wilhelm Hein and his generation achieved was to distinguish the medium of film by defining its specific properties: the materiality of the film, the quality of the projector and the screen, the nature of the celluloid and the lightbeam of the projection. At their time no one of the art world was interested in this sort of enterprise. A couple of decades later, an entire group of artists lives on the legacy of Hein and his allies. A third generation of copycats receive merits and attention of the art world and its institutions today. Therefore: Tribute to the True Champion Wilhelm Hein.
Interview You killed the Underground Film or The Real Meaning of Kunst ... bleibt ... bleibt, Passenger Books, Berlin, 2009
You killed the Underground Film or The Real Meaning of Kunst bleibt ... bleibt ... website
W+B Hein Kunstforum, Bd. 106, p. 169, 1990
W+B Hein; Dokumente 1967 – 1985. Fotos, Briefe, Texte Kinematograph nr. 3/1985, Deutsches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main, 1985
Superman and Superwoman Substance 37/38, University of Wisconsin Press, 1983
On Structural Studies (Birgit Hein) Structural Film Anthology, ed. Peter Gidal, British Film Institute, 1976
Photo: Annette Frick
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