DEUTSCH Facebook Twitter Google+


Postapocalypse and the Fiction of Reality

Awards of the artists' film festival KINO DER KUNST in Munich

event image
Pierre Huyghe, „Untitled (Human Mask)“, FRA 2014, 19’, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser & Wirth, London; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Anna Lena Film, Paris.

"Untitled (Human Mask)" by the French artist Pierre Huyghe and "Butter Lamp" by Hu Wei from China are the winners of the two Main Awards of the Munich artists' film festival KINO DER KUNST, each endowed with €10,000. "Untitled (Human Mask)" portrays a monkey trained as a waitress wearing a human mask, in post Fukushima Japan. Hu Wei's "Butter Lamp" shows a young photographer taking staged studio shots of several nomadic families from Tibet in front of different backdrops. Cory Arcangel, the American pioneer of media art, was given the Award for the Filmic Œuvre, which is likewise endowed with €10,000. Jacob Dwyer from Great Britain received the KINO DER KUNST Project Award, which is endowed with €10,000 in postproduction services. The Audience Award, donated with €5,000 was given to Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by Phil Collins, likewise from Great Britain.

The jury of the International Competition, headed by collector Ingvild Goetz, with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist (London) as well as artists Yang Fudong (Shanghai), Loris Gréaud (Paris) and Jürgen Klauke (Cologne) praised "Untitled (Human Mask)" as "a poetic and uncanny work of art that gives us chills and a heightened awareness of the human condition." About "Butter Lamp": "We see images about images and a fascinating, evergrowing dynamic between the photographer and these families. Hu Wei's work keeps oscillating between the film and the art world."

In addition to a very well attended International Competition with 52 films from 21 countries, KINO DER KUNST presented numerous film installations and panel discussions with artists. Some major museum exhibitions such as "Creating Realities" in the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst, "Archeology of the Future. Art and Games" in the State Museum of Egyptian Art as well as “Cory Arcangel. Be the first of your friends” in the Espace Louis Vuitton München will run until the end of May at the least.

"This year, the festival was again a complete success. The highly varied program, which revolved around the theme 'Science & Fiction', put a large audience under its spell with fascinating insights into contemporary art. For several days, Munich became an international meeting place for artists, curators and the public; it proved again to be the capital of narrative cinema," said Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, Bavarian State Minister of Education, Science and the Arts.

Overview of the prizes and award-winners of KINO DER KUNST:

donated by Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz, €10,000:
Award Winner: "Untitled (Human Mask)" (2014) by Pierre Huyghe (FRA)

donated by BMW, €10,000:
Award Winner: "Butter Lamp" (2013) by Hu Wei (CHN)

Award for the Filmic Œuvre
donated by Louis Vuitton, €10,000:
Award Winner: Cory Arcangel (USA)

Audience Award
donated by Biehler von Dorrer Stiftung, €5,000:
Award Winner: "Tomorrow Is Always Too Long“ (2014) by Phil Collins

KINO DER KUNST Project Award
donated by ARRI Film & TV Services GmbH,
Postproduction Services in the amount of €10,000:
Award Winner: Jacob Dwyer (GBR)

From May 15 - 17, 2015, the New Museum in Nuremberg will for the first time present highlights from the KINO DER KUNST festival.

Program KINO DER KUNST in the New Museum Nuremberg

Further information on the festival can be found under
Photo downloads can be found under

Press contact: Ursula Teich,, Tel +49 (0) 221 574311

KINO DER KUNST is a project of EIKON Süd GmbH, partnered with the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts, the BMW AG, the Ingrid Werndl-Laue Foundation, the Biehler von Dorrer Foundation, the HypoVereinsbank, the Kirch-Foundation, the Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz, ARRI Film & TV Services GmbH, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Federal Foreign Office and SCHWARZ-Außenwerbung GmbH, in cooperation with the University of Television and Film Munich, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Goetz Collection, the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Museum Brandhorst, the Espace Louis Vuitton München, the State Museum of Egyptian Art, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and Haus der Kunst. We would like to thank the hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Limelight Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH and the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan for the friendly support.