A revelation stuffed with every kind of surprise except the ones you expect.
with John Erdman, Jonathan Perel, Young Sun Han,
Dorothy Ko, Susanne Sachsse und Laurean Wagner
in Be’erSheva, Athen, Berlin, São Paulo und Hongkong
THE STREETSCAPES SERIES
2+2=22 [The Alphabet] – (Germany, 2013-17, 88 min)
Filmed in Tiblisi, Georgia. Voice by Natja Brunckhorst. A documentary on the CD-production ABC by Kreidler (Thomas Klein, Alexander Paulick, Andreas Reihse, Detlef Weinrich) plus 26 notebooks by Heinz Emigholz und 26 street scenes.
Bickels [Socialism] – (Germany/Israel, 2015-17, 92 min)
Filmed in São Paulo and Israel. Voice by Galia Bar Or. At the cultural center Casa do Povo in São Paulo a documentary on 22 buildings of Kibbutz-architect Samuel Bickels (1909-1975) is shown. Appendix: The Story of Vio Nova.
Streetscapes [Dialogue] – (Germany, 2015-17, 132 min)
John Erdman, Jonathan Perel and Natja Brunckhorst in buildings by Julio Vilamajó, Eladio Dieste and Arno Brandlhuber. Feature film written by Heinz Emigholz and Zohar Rubinstein. Filmed in Uruguay and Berlin. A dialogue becomes a film.
Dieste [Uruguay] – (Germany, 2015-17, 95 min)
Filmed in Uruguay and Spain. A documentary on 29 buildings by the Uruguayan master-builder Eladio Dieste (1917-2000). Prologue: three buildings from the 1930’s by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo.
Heinz Emigholz, D 1974-87, 88 min
“To whom in love of Nature holds communion with her visible forms, she speaks of a various language.“ William Cullen Bryant
Film by Heinz Emigholz
The film contrasts the "Villa Savoye", built by Le Corbusier in 1931, and Asger Jorn’s "Grand Relief", built in 1959.
Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief] contrasts the Villa Savoye, built by Le Corbusier in 1931, and Asger Jorn’s Grand Relief, which the Danish painter and sculptor produced in 1959 for the Århus Statsgymnasium. The film makes connections between what does not belong together, at least not according to the ideological stipulations of their creators.
Film by Heinz Emigholz
The film juxtaposes/compares two museums: The Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel, which Samuel Bickels (1909-1975) built there in 1948, and The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, built by Renzo Piano (b. 1937) 1986 . The method of natural lighting in Bickels‘s construction was the direct model for Piano, who adopted for his construction at the request of its patroness Dominique de Menil.
The shooting of the film TWO MUSEUMS / TWO MUSEUMS took place in March 2012 in Houston, Texas, and in May 2012 in Ein Harod, Israel.
Photography and beyond – Part 21 / Decampment of Modernism – Part III
Heinz Emigholz, D 2013, 108 Minutes
I am imagining an air space into which a bomb has been dropped which has not yet reached it's ground zero. It is flying towards that point and cannot be stopped anymore. And then I ask myself what kind of a time that is existing between the dropping and the explosion of that bomb. It is neither the future because the enevitable destruction has yet not taken place, nor is it the past, because is definetely going to be destroyed in an instant. The flight time of the bomb describes an absolute nothingness, a zero hour, consisting of all possibilities that will not exist anymore in the next moment. A story that will cease before it has begun and that I sullenly have to tell. More...
The Airstrip (Stills)
"This gloriously controlled study of the work of French architect Auguste Perret ... re-creates the tension between the ultrarational and the subtly exuberant in the architect's best work." (Best of 2012, ARTFORUM)
Premiere in Locarno 2012. Screenings at TIFF, VIFF, VIENNALE 2012, MoMA DF 2013:
Decampment of Modernism – Part II / Photography and beyond – Part 20
Heinz Emigholz, D 2012, 110 min
The film PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA presents thirty buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret. Auguste Perret (1874-1954) has masterfully refined concrete construction in the implementation of his projects and instilled in them a classical expression.
Perret (Stills) / Presse-PDF
"All architecture is what you do to it when you look upon it." (Walt Whitman)
Decampment of Modernism – Part I / Photography and beyond – Part 19
Heinz Emigholz, D 2011, 100 min
PARABETON presents seventeen, in Italy and France still extant buildings by the Italian civil engineer Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979). The Romans invented liquid rock, also known as concrete. Nervi shaped concrete in such an ingenious way that he can be called the Architect‘s Architect of the 20th Century. The film shows his buildings in connection with ten examples of Ancient Roman architecture made of Opus caementitium. More...
Parabeton (Stills) / Flyer / Berlinale Catalog
"The dead are disturbing."
After its' premiere at BERLINALE 2011 and several festival screenings A Series of Thoughts was released on the DVD MISCELLANEA I–VII by FILMGALERIE 451:
Four Films by Heinz Emigholz
1986-2010, HD, color and b/w, 91 min
EL GRECO IN TOLEDO, LEONARDO'S TEARS, ON BOARD THE USS TICONDEROGA and A MUSEUM IN ESSEN
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Ten films (1972–2004) by Heinz Emigholz
SCHENEC-TADY I (1972/73, 16mm, silent)
SCHENEC-TADY II (1973, 16mm, silent)
ARROWPLANE (1973/74, 16mm, silent)
TIDE (1974, 16mm, silent)
SCHENEC-TADY III (1973/75, 16mm, silent)
HOTEL (1975/76, 16mm, silent and sound)
DEMON (1976/77, 16mm, sound)
THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III (1974-2004, 35mm, sound)
All 16mm-films of THE FORMATIVE YEARS are in the Collection of the Austrian Filmmuseum in Vienna.
The Formative Years in NYC
From the beginning to the middle of the seventies, I produced a series of films containing a complicated interplay between abstract temporal compositions–that is, film movements–and selected urban and rural landscapes.
The films–ARROWPLANE, TIDE, and three episodes of SCHENEC-TADY–range in time from 19 to 40 minutes and consist of thousands of photographs, taken frame-by-frame with a Bolex camera on 16mm film according to a previously established score. The camera’s position was precisely chosen. Markings on the tripod and on the camera’s zoom lens allowed me to determine all the possible shots from this position in a system of coordinates. Before shooting the films, scores were written into this system–compositions for images to be photographed individually, which would then create a particular film event when they were projected later. I take the following description of the score from a letter to Birgit Hein from January 31, 1977, which I wrote in preparation for an installation of my films at documenta 6:
Drawing (102) from THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP
"The model of a nerve cell, rising from a coffin that two bearers lift from a vehicle. Details of the Arab ornament Acanthus in the nerve cell and in the window of the hearse. In the nucleus of the cell, the naked body of my father in WWII, photographed in Poland or Russia. Below, his labeling, which I crossed out, of a magazine file for The Garden as Fountain of Youth, to which he had subscribed. He who has the privilege of dying during peacetime has the time to destroy his own garden out of anger about his imminent death. Here, trees torn out of the ground and removed from the garden: oak, willow, beech, and birch. Josef von Sternberg and Frieda Grafe in 1969 at the airport Munich Riem during his last trip to Europe. He already has the plane ticket in his hand. Friendship means to be taken seriously in thoughts and action, and I experienced that with both, actively and passively, knowingly or unknowingly. We still talk with each other a lot, meaning that I hear their voices inside me." (From: Schwarze Blöcke, SchwarzHandPresse 2010).
DIE BASIS DES MAKE-UP, 604 drawings by Heinz Emigholz, artist book for exhibition at HAMBURGER BAHNHOF 2008, 608 pages, € 30 /// Catalogue MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWART No. 11 – HEINZ EMIGHOLZ with essays by Eugen Blume, Art Spiegelman, Hartmut Bitomsky, Hanne Loreck, Stefan Ripplinger, Marc Ries, Donatella Chiancone-Schneider and Frieda Grafe, 56 pages, € 10 EURO
Oct 15, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022
The Films of Heinz Emigholz
Monographic show and publication, Screenings and conversations
A pioneer of experimental architectural and narrative film: Since the 1970s, Heinz Emigholz has used a unique cinematic formal language to explore the relationship between film time and spatial experience, remembrance structure and consciousness. In his work, the filmmaker, artist, author and producer radically departs from conventional representations of space, creating an alternative history of modern architecture. Website HKW
- 1974. Projekt '74, Cologne
- 1977. documenta 6, Kassel
- 1977/78. Film As Film, Kunstverein Cologne, Hayward Gallery, London
- 1982. Normalsatz (Ordinary Sentence), Buch Handlung Welt, Hamburg
- 1986. Ich hätte auch gern einen Körper gehabt (I would have liked to have a body, too), Galerie Eisenbahnstraße, Berlin
- 1988. Der Untergang der Bismarck (The Sinking of the Bismarck), Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
- 1988/89. BiNationale – German Art of the Late '80s, Düsseldorf / Boston / Minneapolis / Houston
- 1989. Seit ich blond bin, färbe ich mir die Haare (Since I am blonde, I dye my hair), Zwinger Galerie, Berlin, und XPO Galerie, Hamburg
- 1991. Krieg der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne – Skizze (War of Eyes, Cross of Senses – Sketch), Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel
- 1991. Plakate (Posters), Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
- 1991. Die Erschöpfung – Enzyklopädie (The Exhaustion – Encyclopaedia), Kunsthalle Bremerhaven
- 1992. Zwei Essays – Filmphotographie/Photographie (Two Essays – Cinematography/Photography), Galerie Fischinger, Stuttgart
- 1992. Photographie und jenseits, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
- 1993. Seit Freud gesagt hat, der Künstler heile seine Neurosen selbst, heilen die Künstler ihre Neurosen selbst (Since Freud Said That The Artist Heals His Neuroses Himself, Artists Have Been Healing Their Neuroses Themselves: Drawings, Texts, Films. Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken
- 1994. Drawings and Posters, Goethe Institut, Madrid
- 1994. Die Basis des Make-Up (1974-1994), Hamburger Kunsthalle
- 1994. Depot, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel
- 1997. In medias res – Media Art from Berlin in Istanbul. Dolmabahce Palast, Istanbul
- 1998. Die Basis des Make-Up (1974-98), Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
- 1999. das xx. jahrhundert – ein jahrhundert kunst in deutschland. Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
- 2000. Die Basis des Make-Up (1974-2000), Galerie argos, Brüssel
- 2001. Die Basis des Make-Up (1974-2001), Kunstverein München
- 2001. Die Basis des Make-Up, Galerie Hubert Bächler, Zurich
- 2006. Research for Basis des Make-Up, Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
- 2004. Heinz Emigholz / Michael Snow, Goethe Institut, Toronto
- 2007. Die Basis des Make-Up (1974-2007), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
- 2008. Neue Schwarze Blöcke (New Black Blocks), Galerie Hubert Bächler, Zurich
- 2008. Sense of Architecture, Architekturbiennale, Venice
- 2010. Die gezeichnete Welt (The Drawn World), Kunstverein Ingolstadt
- 2010/11. Je mehr ich zeichne (The More I Draw) – Zeichnung als Weltentwurf, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
- 2010. The Formative Years – Extended Version, Extra City, Antwerpen
- 2010. Photography and beyond – Three Films, Installation. Petach Tikva Museum, Tel Aviv
- 2011. A Series of Thoughts – Four Films, Installation. Zwinger Gallery, Berlin
- 2011. Einrichten – Photographs. Zwinger Gallery, Berlin
- 2011. The Formative Years – Seven Films, Installation. Wyoming Building, NYC
- 2012. Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk. 21er Haus, Vienna
- 2015. What Moves Us. Museum Jorn, Silkeborg
- 2015. The Dialogic City – Berlin wird Berlin. Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
- 2016. Rohschnitt Dieste. gkg, Bonn
- 2021. Counter Gravity. The films by Heinz Emigholz. HKW, Berlin