On April 25 KINO DER KUNST presents Isaac Julien´s film „Baltimore". Inspired by blaxploitation movies while he was filming his documentary „Baadasssss Cinemaz", Julien appropriates the styles, gestures, language and iconography of the genre to create a work that defies easy categorization. Starring veteran black actor and director Melvin Van Peebles, „Baltimore" was designed in part as homage to Van Peebles' movies. It unites three Baltimore museums with blaxploitation cinema, the tough talking, hard-living symbol of black empowerment that Van Peebles helped usher in with his 1971 movie „Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song". „Baltimore" is ironic and funky, nostalgic and futuristic, rough and fine. It is characterized by oscillation and an insistent formal play with linear perspective which also pays homage to Piero della Francesca and more particularly, a painting of unknown authorship, c.1500 known as "View of an Ideal City" which features in the collection of the Walters Art Museum.
At 6 p.m. KINO DER KUNST invites to an artist talk with Isaac Julien. The conversation will be presented by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, the Artistic Director of KINO DER KUNST.
Isaac Julien, born in 1960 in London, is a Turner Prize nominated artist and filmmaker and known for his seminal film Looking for Langston (1989). Young Soul Rebels won the Cannes Semaine de la Critique Prize in 1991. Baltimore won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cologne Kunstfilmbiennale in 2003. Julien's multi-screen installation works have been exhibited worldwide including a solo show at Centre Pompidou (2005). Ten Thousand Waves (2010) will form a special presentation at MoMA in Fall 2013. KINO DER KUNST dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to Isaac Julien and will screen his feature films, multi-channel pieces and feature-length documentaries.