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What can art gain from cinema? And how can cinema contribute to art?

From April 24 to 28, 2013 Munich will host KINO DER KUNST, the first event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative forms. KINO DER KUNST is designed to be an exhibition and a film festival in one, creating a showcase for today’s trends in art and an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public. Spread across various locations, such as the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), the Pinakothek der Moderne / Schaustelle, the Museum Brandhorst in the Kunstareal and beyond that the ARRI cinema, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Kunstverein Munich, the MaximliansForum, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Goetz Collection, it will feature a competition with generous prizes, a retrospective program of feature-length films by artists ranging from Rebecca Horn and Eija-Liisa Ahtila to Steve McQueen or Julian Schnabel, a wide range of works from specific geographical regions and a number of museum-based multi-channel installations, all aimed at examining the current relationship between cinema and art. The quest of contemporary artists for a globally comprehensible language of the moving image is playing an increasingly important role here – will the cinema of the future find its home in the museum?

The jury, which in addition to Amira Casar will include artists Cindy Sherman and Isaac Julien as well as Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, will present the two KINO DER KUNST Awards, each with a value of 10,000 Euro. One of the prizes has been endowed by the Goetz Collection. The second main prize in the International Competition of the festival is awarded by BMW and goes to an artist under the age of 35.

The comprehensive retrospective is dedicated to Isaac Julien and will screen his feature films, multi-channel pieces and feature-length documentaries, such as “Derek”, his tribute to the deceased art and film pioneer Derek Jarman. A region-specific exhibition will showcase artists’ films from Asia. There will also be artist talks, projections and a public pitch for the KINO DER KUNST Project Award (10,000 Euro, donated by ARRI Film & TV Services GmbH) aimed at European artists and filmmakers under 35 and their projects, an Award for the Filmic Œevre, also with a value of 10,000 Euro and donated by Louis Vuitton. The Biehler von Dorrer Foundation offers an Audience Award with a prize money of 5,000 Euro.
According to Bernardo Bertolucci, cinema time is not real time like the lapsing of seconds in our everyday reality; it is dream time. Will art be able to transport this dream time into the museum?
KINO DER KUNST is a project organised by EIKON Süd GmbH, is partnered with the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, BMW, the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Biehler von Dorrer Foundation, Louis Vuitton, ARRI and the Goetz Collection in cooperation with the University of Television and Film Munich, the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Museum Brandhorst, the Pinakothek der Moderne / Schaustelle, the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Kunstverein Munich and the MaximiliansForum. We would like to thank the Bayerischer Hof Munich for the friendly support.

Ingvild Goetz is chair of the scientific advisory board; Heinz Peter Schwerfel is artistic director.