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Premiere of a film by the world famous artist and director, Rebecca Horn, at the 4th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art

 
18 September 2011 22:07

PREMIERE OF A FILM BY THE WORLD FAMOUS ARTIST AND DIRECTOR, REBECCA HORN, AT THE 4TH MOSCOW BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

PRESS CONFERENCE AND PREMIERE AT THE PIONEER CINEMA CENTER -- SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

“MOON MIRROR JOURNEY”, 2011

"MOON MIRROR JOURNEY", Germany, 2011, 72 minutes
Director and writer: Rebecca Horn
Music: Hayden Krisholm
Editor: Oliver Git
Moontower Fund Project

"Moon Mirror Journey" is a film where the world famous artist, Rebecca Horn, remembers her most important artworks in recent decades. Most of her artworks shown in the film were created for specific locations. Some remained there, and some were displayed only temporarily.

"My film is a journey from New York to Samarkand, via Naples, Avignon, Berlin and Tokyo," said Rebecca Horn on the eve of the Moscow premiere. "I have been collecting video material about my installations for more than 20 years, as very often they were on display for a few weeks only, and then they disappeared forever. Thus, this film was the only way to save my work."

"Moon Mirror Journey" presents various installations and exhibition projects: from the "Concert in Reverse'', Munich (1987), and "Concert for Buchenwald'' (1999), Weimar and the Ettersberg castle, to a large retrospective of Rebecca Horn at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in 2007.

Rebecca Horn does not consider the film to be documentary. In her opinion, it is an intimate, poetic "Sufi Journey", in which actors from her feature film, ``Buster's Bedroom'' also take part. "These people are the main characters who accompany some of the stopovers in my journey," says Rebecca Horn. One of the actors, David Verrilou, died a few years ago, and in his honor, Ms Horn painted his portrait, framed it into a golden frame, and dedicated to him in her installation at the Castello di Rivoli exhibition hall.

"The Moscow Biennale is the second place where Moon Mirror Journey will be presented,'' said Moscow Biennale commissioner, Joseph Backstein. ``A week ago, it was shown in Berlin, and now we can see it in Russia. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with such a great artist of our time, Rebecca Horn."

Rebecca Horn was born in Germany in 1944, a year before the end of World War II. In her memoirs, Rebecca Horn remembers how as a child she tried to learn and speak French and English, because nobody in the world liked the German language. Her first drawing classes were given by a Romanian governess, and her professional education was made at the Hamburg High School of Fine Arts.

At the age of 20, after working for a long time with fiberglass, and not observing safety rules, Rebecca Horn became very ill and spent about a year in a hospital. Lying in a hospital bed, she created and invented one of the first artworks on the subject of how to enhance the human body's abilities. During her early period (in the 1960s-80s), Ms Horn mainly created sculptures -- figures and different parts of the human body. She also did performances and worked as a film director. In the early 1980's, during the shoot of a film, Ms Horn tried capture a peacock opening its tail. However, when the camera man arrived, the peacock had already folded its tail. After that, Rebecca Horn decided to create a mechanical peacock's tail that would open anytime, regardless of the bird's will. This marked a new period in Ms Horn's art – the creation of mechanical devices endowed with intelligence.

The press conference will be on September 21 at 18:00 in the Pioneer Cinema Center. Rebecca Horn will attend, as will Joseph Backstein, commissioner of the 4th Moscow Biennale, and Peter Weibel, the curator of the 4th Moscow Biennale.

From September 23 to October 30, the movie "Moon Mirror Journey" will be shown at the main project of the Biennale at TSUM Art Foundation at Petrovka Street 2, 5th floor.

 

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(New York)
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General information:
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http://www.4th.moscowbiennale.ru/

 

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS:
September 23 - October 30, 2011

MAIN PROJECT VENUES:

ARTPLAY Design Center
Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya Street, 10
Metro station "Kurskaya"
Opening Hours of the Main project:
Mon - Thurs: 11.00-21.00, Fri. - Sun: 11.00-22.00
Phone: +7 (495) 620 0882
Admission to the exhibition of the Main project:
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Petrovka Street, 2
metro "Okhotniy Ryad", and metro "Teatral'naya"
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www.tsum.ru

 

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