March 16, 2009 - Videonale - Festival of Contemporary Video Art at Kunstmuseum Bonn
March 16, 2009

Festival of Contemporary Video Art at Kunstmuseum Bonn

Aline Bouvy / John Gillis
8:00 min
Courtesy of Galerie Nosbaum Reding

Festival of Contemporary Video Art
26th March – 26th April 2009

Videonale e.V.
im Kunstmuseum Bonn

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
53113 Bonn

Opening on
25th March 2009 at 8 pm
Festival programme:
Thursday 26th March: Video Art and the Internet
Friday 27th March: Archives and Participation
Saturday 28th March: Interventions and College Projects
Finissage on
Sunday 26th April 2009:
Presentation and discussion with Candice Breitz

A collage of pictures taken from glossy magazines develops as a mystical vision of life and decay – dark, macabre and elegant all at the same time: This video, by Aline Bouvy and John Gillis, residents of Brussels, is one of 43 selected works that the VIDEONALE 12 will be showing from 26th March to 26th April 2009 in the Kunstmuseum Bonn. 1445 current video works from 74 countries were inspected by the 6 members of the jury to make the selection. “This boldness must exist for the selection, and so I think it is extremely important that there are festivals such as the VIDEONALE. It has always been exciting to see what is coming next,” says Professor Wulf Herzogenrath, Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen, and a German pioneer on the field of videos.

With a special exhibition, the VIDEONALE also casts a glance at its 25-year history: From each of the VIDEONALE competitions hitherto, curators Susanne Hinrichs and Georg Elben have selected a work to represent the competition of the year concerned. In each case, this “historical” work is accompanied by a current video by the artist concerned. Within the 3-day programme from 26th to 28th March, the VIDEONALE will be focusing on current tendencies in video art, reinforced by more than 30 projects by art students from the whole of Germany, to which the 28th March is devoted, with interventions in the Kunstmuseum Bonn and at various other locations in central Bonn.

The VIDEONALE – founded in Bonn in 1984 – is the organiser of one of the oldest video festivals in the world. Since then the festival has grown steadily, and has developed in this field into a leading institution for current video art. Since 2004, the VIDEONALE has been using the premises of the Kunstmuseum Bonn, making a meaningful complement to the video pioneers from the bequest of Ingrid Oppenheim, who as an art collector and patron of the arts laid the ideal foundations of today’s VIDEONALE in the late 1970s.

The VIDEONALE 12 is sponsored by the city of Bonn, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Stiftung Kunst der Sparkasse in Bonn, the LVR, the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, the consulate general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Cine Plus (technics sponsor), Langenbach Cuisine Modern, the chief sponsor being the KfW-Bankengruppe

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Videonale e.V. im Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
53113 Bonn
Tel. 0049 228 77 62 86
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