Joseph Beuys is considered one of the most important and influential German artists of the 20th Century. To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of his birth in 2021 this exhibition presents film installations and collaborations that emanate from Beuys’ teachings and oeuvre.
Part 1: JOSEPH BEUYS / GUSTAV METZGER / KEN MCMULLEN
Part 2: STUART BRISLEY / TADEUSZ KANTOR / EWA PARTUM / NATALIA LL
Part 3: WALTER DAHN / JOHANNES STÜTTGEN / BOSCHER THEODOR
Part 4: KEN MCMULLEN / JOHN BERGER / MARTHA PARSEY
Meeting Francis Bacon in London in the sixties, Henrietta Moraes became the most painted of his female subjects. In interview in the Marlborough Gallery London, Henrietta recalls her impressions of the artist, which intercut with archive film footage of Bacon in interview, forms a final dialogue between model and artist. Screened at the Bacon Retrospective exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou Paris, Haus der Kunst Munich, and ‚Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery New York.
Shot at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, during the Francis Bacon retrospective, the film accompanies curator, critic and close friend David Sylvester, as he hangs the exhibition. Previously unpublished interviews between Bacon and Sylvester commentate the erection of this exhibition and form a final dialogue between artist and critic; a monument to Bacon’s supremacy as a painter. Screened at the Coutauld Institute, London.
One cinematic shot depicts Manet’s ‚Execution of Maximilian’. In a single shot ‘1867’ passes through the 18 months of historical and artistic events that led to Manet’s four versions of the execution. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The John Paul Getty Foundation and Channel 4.
Cast: Dominic Pinon, John Shrapnel, Maria de Madeiros. This film explores the profound effect his father’s blindness had on Rembrandt and the way this influenced his work. Commissioned by BBC Television and Broadcast in 1992.
Shot in Jarman’s studio in Dungeness, UK and screened at the Berlin Film Festival, in this revealing documentary, Ken McMullen creates an elegant portrait of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, based on an interview conducted by John Cartwright. The questions are unobtrusive, allowing Jarman to reflect on his major films. Despite the debilitating effects of serious illness, we see an artist with his inner vision unimpaired; humourous, self effacing and disarmingly charming.
Gustav Metzger witnessed the rise of Nazism as a small child in Nuremberg and escaped to Great Britain aged thirteen. He trained as an artist before founding auto-destructive art in 1959. The scale of Gustav Metzger’s achievements and his contribution to contemporary culture are clearly demonstrated in Ken McMullen’s comprehensive film where Gustav Metzger speaks candidly and brilliantly of the influences which have shaped his own work, highlighting the importance of understanding the destructive impulses in human society.
‚Word Work’, ‚Discussions with a Gun’ and ‚Crowd Sculpture with Joseph Beuys’ are live performances shot with Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf between 1971 and 1972. First shown at the Tate Gallery, London in 1972 and at the Joseph Beuys Retrospective at Tate Modern.
A dialogue between Pascale Ogier and Jacques Derrida, in an excerpt from the film ‚Ghost Dance’, explores the connection between cinema and psychoanalysis.
Ken McMullen brought John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, to CERN to encounter the new physics and technologies to be found there. Berger arrived with the poem Happiness by Jorge Luis Borges and the following encounters found form in the film Art, Poetry and Particle Physics, screened at Tshingh University Beijing, Complesso del Vittoriano Rome, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Gulbenkian Gallery Lisbon, and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centre NY.
KNOEBEL AND STEINER
A break-in at Imi Knoebel’s studio and two cups battle it out to Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Die Rätsel der Philosophie’ in collaborations between Walter Dahn, Johannes Stüttgen and Boscher Theodor.
ART, POETRY AND PARTICLE PHYSICS
Shot on location in Particle Accelerator Number One, CERN, Geneva, ‘Lumen de Lumine’ is a meditation on solitude. A motion picture playing with quantum theory and the nature of light and near-miss particle collisions, this film turned the Torness nuclear power station into the largest ever public art installation in Europe. A collaboration between Ken McMullen and Martha Parsey, screened during the exhibition ‚Signatures of the Invisible’ at Atlantis Gallery, London, Tshingh University Beijing, Complesso del Vittoriano Rome, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Gulbenkian Gallery Lisbon, and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centre NY.
This exhibition of films on art and art cinema brings together the work of leading artists and thinkers in Europe, from Manet to Bacon, from Beuys to Metzger, Derrida and Berger with short films and installations by Ken McMullen, Martha Parsey, Walter Dahn, Boscher Theodor and Johannes Stüttgen that explore the relationship between film, art theory, philosophy and painting.
The exhibition runs from October 3rd- November 21st by appointment following current government guidelines.
Please contact the Space by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Press release with further information about the films:
FRANCIS BACON I DEREK JARMAN ÉDOUARD MANET I REMBRANDT
Saturday 14th March at 6pm MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne
In the second screening of films on art and art cinema, this exhibition brings together the work of leading artists and thinkers in Europe, from Manet to Bacon, from Beuys to Metzge, Derrida and Berger with short films and installations by Ken McMullen, Martha Parsey, Walter Dahn, Boscher Theodor and Johannes Stüttgen that explore the relationship between film, art theory, philosophy and painting.
FILM ON ART I ART ON FILM
MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne presents:
Opening Saturday 15 th February from 6 pm with Ken McMullen, Martha Parsey, Walter Dahn, Boscher Theodor with a few words from Friedhelm Mennekes MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne
In a new series of screenings of films on art and art cinema, this exhibition brings together the work of leading artists and thinkers in Europe, from Manet to Bacon, from Beuys to Metzger, Derrida and Berger with short films and installations by Ken McMullen, Martha Parsey, Walter Dahn, Boscher Theodor and Johannes Stüttgen that explore the relationship between film, art theory, philosophy and painting.
Martha Parsey I René Kemp Cedric Christie I Boscher Theodor Andy Earl I Oliver Abraham
Opening Sunday 7th April 2019. Exhibition runs till 3rd May.
GIANT STEPS brings together six artists from London and Cologne: a painter, a sculptor and a photographer respectively, that deal with the cross-over of media and the tension between figurative representation and formalistic abstract theory.
The title ‘Giant Steps’ derives from the jazz album released by John Coltrane in 1960 which was groundbreaking in changing perceptions of composition and improvisation.
This exhibition shows the vibrance of expression when these two meet. Seen through the juxtaposition, dissonance and harmony when figuration and abstraction interact, not only within the individual work of each artist but in the accumulative and exponential sum of the total of this exhibition’s collective parts.
Each of these artists draws on and directly refers to their artistic history, be it Theodor’s direct references to Bonnard, Warhol and Kirchner, Earl’s to Manet, Parsey’s to Malevich and Hockney, Abraham’s to Avedon and Penn and Christie’s to Ruscha and Gilbert and George. This is fertile ground for creative invention on which all six of these artists flourish.
Painting I Print I Photography I Sculpture Light I Objects I Video
MPHQ presents: Dillwyn Smith, August Sander, Francesco Clemente, Cedric Christie, Lord Snowdon, Boris Becker, Regine Schumann, Pascal Rousson, Gerhard Richter, Reinhart Wolf, Gereon Krebber, Chargesheimer, Paula Baader, Rene Burri, Krzysztof Honowski, Martha Parsey, Oliver Abraham, Stacie McCormick, Simon Liddiment, Roxana Halls, Tina Schwarz.
Opening Friday 13 th July 2018 6-9pm. Exhibition runs till 4th August.