1 original DVD, 23 films on which the installation is based in original DVDs altogether presented in a cloth-covered box*
33 × 26 × 6 cm (13 × 10 1/4 × 2 1/3 in)
Edition: AP 2 / 2 (edition of 6 + 2 artist’s proofs)
Certificate: signed M. Brunner
Provenance: Matthias Brunner, Galerie Bernhard (Christian Wirtz)
Estimate: CHF 4’000 – 6’000
*This edition is for private use only and may not be used for commercial screenings.
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This film installation was created by Matthias Brunner for the Fondation Beyeler’s exhibition Monet (January 22 – May 28, 2017). It lasts 30 minutes and is accompanied by the Symphony No. 4 by Arvo Pärt.
Scarcely any film genre has been tied to the visual arts as closely as was the Impressionist cinema of the 1920s to French Impressionist painting. While some might miss the colors of Impressionist painting in these early films, they are amply compensated by the sophisticated cinematography on display: the rapid montages, time-lapse sequences, soft focus, double exposures, light reflections, and much else besides.
With excerpts from twenty-three films by twelve famous filmmakers who at the time caused quite a stir in France, Brunner’s film collage is best appreciated as a homage to Impressionist painting and Impressionist cinema, which would later give rise to "Cinema Pur", abstract film, Surrealism, and poetic realism.
Le Double amour, 1925
Six et demi, onze, 1927
Le Tempestaire, 1947
La Glace à trois faces, 1927
La Chute de la maison Usher, 1928
La Fin du monde, 1931
La Roue, 1923
La Femme de nulle part, 1922
L’Invitation au voyage, 1927
La Coquille et le Clergyman, 1928
La Fille de l’eau, 1925
Le Coeur et l’argent, 1912
L’Étoile de mer, 1928
Le Retour à la raison, 1923
Emak Bakia, 1926
Sergej Eisenstein & G. V. Alexandrov
Romance sentimentale, 1930
Rien que les heures, 1926
À propos de Nice, 1930
Zéro de conduite, 1933
Matthias Brunner (born 1945 in Zurich) is one of the key figures on the international film circuit. He began his career as a critic, curator, and producer in Switzerland, but soon took his passion for cinema abroad. Since 1992, he has been the film curator of Art Basel, and in 2002, he assumed the same position for Art Basel Miami. A fixture at all major film festivals, Brunner is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema, his refined eye, and his innovative approach to installing films in an exhibition space.