On 1 November 2014 the new Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens with her first photographic survey exhibition 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century'  Among the outstanding photographers Germaine Krull, Joris Ivens’ first wife, of which a complete wall with 48 pages is showcased from her photo book ‘Métal’ (1928). This pioneering book  include many photos of The Bridge, shot during the filming of Ivens’s The Bridge.

Read more: Photos Germaine Krull of The Bridge in Rijksmuseum

Lawyer Jean Fonteyne, passionate amateur filmmaker, made two documentaries about the miners strike in the Borinage at the beginning of the 1930’s. He also shot unique footage of Joris Ivens and his Belgian colleague Henri Storck filming their documentary Borinage (1934). On local television (TéléMB Mons Borinage) a grandson of Fonteyne, Jean Lemaitre, tells about the importance of Fonteyne. Thanks to this also excerpts with this unique footage can be seen on-line.   

Read more: Unique footage of Ivens filming Borinage

The fictionalized stories about The Spanish Earth are piling up. Another novel about Ivens’ documentary on the Spanish Civil War was published by British author James Kellen: ´Hemingway´s Spanish Earth´. The storyline follows the days of shooting and editing, from 27 February 1937 until 8 July 1937.

Read more: Hemingway´s Spanish Earth

What are the greatest documentaries ever made? The international film magazine Sight&Sound publishes in the September issue 2014 a poll of 340 critics and filmmakers in the search for authoritative answers. In this list a remarkable number of 11 Ivens’films were voted.

Read more: Poll Greatest Documentaries Ever: 11 Ivens' films

The traditional view on avant-garde in the arts during the 19th and 20th century was limited to artists in the Western world, with Paris, Berlin, Moscow and New York as its capitals. In a rapid globalizing world, in which West and East, North and South are much more related, this view doesn’t hold. A new book of Liang Luo sheds light on a striking example of such an international network of avant-garde artists.

Read more: New view on international avant-garde

A woman at her dresser. Suddenly her lip-stick, combs, hair dryer, curlers and other make-up stuff disappear in a blast. Also her negligee flies away, leaving her screaming in her corset, upset and shocked. This unusual sequence in a Joris Ivens film is part of the publicity film for Shell Development Company: Oil for Aladdins Lamp. The sequence can be seen on YouTube in a 1949 version, in which the footage of Ivens’ original from 1941 has been included almost entirely, although in a re-edit and except from parts about warfare.

Read more: Shell's wildest dreams

‘The last good war’,  Ernest Hemingway called the Spanish Civil War, which affected Spain from 1936 to 1939. The artists taking sides by supporting the Republican government and by fighting on the battle field, continue to be a source of inspiration. Recently the American novelist Amanda Vaill published her book 'Hotel Florida. Truth, Love and Death in The Spanish Civil War'.  Joris Ivens is one of the protagonists in Vaill’s book thanks to The Spanish Earth for which he collaborated with the three loving couples who are at the centre of the storyline : Ernest Hemingway & Martha Gellhorn, Robert Capa & Gerda Taro and Arturo Barea & Ilsa Kulscar.

Read more: Truth, Love & Death in Madrid '37

On 16th May 2014 the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, will open two new buildings, the Gropius House and the Moholy House at the Bauhaus in Dessau.

Read more: The Spanish Earth at expo Cartier-Bresson in Bauhaus

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