January 23, 2012 - Museum Ludwig, Cologne - Before the Law – Film Series
January 23, 2012

Before the Law – Film Series

Pawel Althamer, “Bródno People,” 2010.*

Before the Law
Film Series

Museum Ludwig, Cologne
50667 Cologne

Since the middle of December, Museum Ludwig has been showing Kasper König’s last programmatic exhibition in Cologne: Before the Law brings together sculptures from the post-war era with spaces created by contemporary artists. The film scholar and professor of visual theory at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Volker Pantenburg, together with Berlin film journalist, author and editor Michael Baute have compiled a film programme for the exhibition.

The film series presents examples of how cinema has conceived of the relationship between discrete bodies left to their own resources, and abstract, often all-powerful authorities. We find two historical constellations here: when Modernism flourished during the late 1950s and 1960s, existential questions came to be translated into severe, sculptural-looking tableaux. The individual was faced with an abstract, mostly unnamed and inexplicable power. By contrast, a notable return to the body and places can be observed in the last two decades, quite possibly as an antidote to the abstract, allegorical approaches of Modernism. Questions about existence are no longer phrased in anthropological terms or as questions of belief, but as concrete models of life and survival.

Venue: Cinema at Museum Ludwig
Dates: Always at 8 p.m. on a Thursday

26.1.2012, 8 p.m.
The Savage Eye
USA 1960, director: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick, OV with French subtitles

9.2.2012, 8 p.m.
Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna)
Japan 1964, director: Hiroshi Teshigahara, OV with subtitles

23.2.2012, 8 p.m.
Italy 1968, director: Pier Paolo Pasolini, OV with English subtitles

8.3.2012, 8 p.m.
The Circle (Dayereh)
Iran 2000, director: Jafar Panahi, OV with subtitles

15.3.2012, 8 p.m.
A New Life
France 1999, director: Bruno Dumont, OV with subtitles

29.3.2012, 8 p.m.
S21 The Khmer Rouge Death Machine
France/Cambodia 2003, director: Rithy Panh, OV with subtitles

12.4.2012, 8 p.m.
The 10th Judicial Court: Judicial Hearings
France 2004, director: Raymond Depardon, OV with English subtitles

*Image above:
Sammlung Goetz.
Photo: Achim Kukulies.
© Pawel Althamer, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz.

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