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Filmstill „Years of Construction – Baujahre [2013 – 2018]“ von Heinz Emigholz, mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Künstlers
Filmstill „Years of Construction – Baujahre [2013 – 2018]“ von Heinz Emigholz, with the courtesy of the artist

Heinz Emigholz

03/29/19 to 07/07/19

The internationally renowned German film pioneer and illustrator Heinz Emigholz (born in 1948) created an accompaniment to the opening of the Kunsthalle Mannheim’s new building with his unusual long-term film portrait over a period of five years. The film “Years of Construction – Baujahre” will be presented at the place of its origin – the Kunsthalle Mannheim’s new building – as a spatial film installation. In a second cube, extracts from the surrealist drawing cycle “The Basis of Make-Up” will be shown.

Heinz Emigholz studied philosophy and literature in Hamburg and set up the film company Pym Films in 1978. Between 1993 and 2013, after working in New York for some years, he established and developed the Department of Experimental Filmmaking at the University of the Arts Berlin. Since 2012, the artist, who has won various international film prizes, has been a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin.

Sponsored by the H.W. & J. Hector Foundation.

Curator: Dr. Ulrike Lorenz

"The fundamental stories that images tell us are not composed of words and sentences, but of spaces, surfaces, and the relationship between them. Those are the components of architectural experience."

(Heinz Emigholz on Architecture and Film)

Trailer "Years of Construction [2013 - 2018]" Film by Heinz Emigholz

Trailer "Years of Construction – Baujahre [2013 – 2018]" Kunsthalle Mannheim

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before
studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has
worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In
1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series The Basis of Make-Up. He looks back on
numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film
series Photography and beyond. He had held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at
the Universität der Künste Berlin 1993-2013, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based
Media and the Art and Media program, there. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of
all his films on DVD. Heinz Emigholz is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

HEINZ EMIGHOLZ ON ARCHITECTURE AND FILM

My work as a filmmaker involves presenting a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface, which means deconstructing it into filmic perspectives and reconstructing it to create a complete work. From this perspective, manipulating the camera is an architectural act. It leads one to meditate on what architecture is, was, or could be. But to let that happen, the images must be separated from the words. This is because the fundamental stories that images tell us are not composed of words and sentences, but of spaces, surfaces, and the relationship between them. Those are the components of architectural experience.