Recently a citizen from Montpellier travelled 1200 kilometres to visit the Joris Ivens Archives in order to find his biological father. There are many reasons why people around the world consult the Ivens collection, but this is a very special and personal one. He wanted to look for his father, which he has never known and met, in Ivens’ documentary Peace Will Win (1951)
The Indonesian Diaspora Network Victoria is organizing an exhibition in the Immigration Museum in Melbourne about the international solidarity movement in Australia after the Proclamation of Indonesia's Independence, that united the communities of Indonesians, together with the local Australians, Indians and Chinese that we should celebrate. One of the activities during the weekend of 27-29th of May is the film screening of Indonesia Calling (1946) directed by Joris Ivens, which explores the refusal of ...
Why The Netherlands has so may outstanding painters and documentary filmmakers? German film historian Thomas Tode attempts – following previous authors - to provide an answer in a recent article. According to Tode it was Joris Ivens who was leading the way in depicting the elements of nature, like the famous Dutch Light, the wind or water in all its guises: rivers, rain and clouds.
After years of preparations and research, professor Zhang Tongdao (University of Beijing) and Dutch filmmaker René Seegers finalized their four-part television series about Joris Ivens. In each part of 50 minutes one of Ivens’s Chinese films is key: 1- The 400 Million (1938); 2- Before Spring (1958); 3- How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) and 4- A Tale of the Wind (1988).
In 1951 Joris Ivens met Pablo Picasso during a visit to his atelier in Vaucluses. Marion Michelle made a series of photos of them, together with poet Jacques Prévert, which are on display at the exhibition about 'Picasso: Shared and Divided' in Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 September 2021-30 January 2022). After the Second World War Picasso was 'a hero of the left' and used in this way. His dove, symbol for world peace, became a tool for propaganda in the Eastern Bloc. What do we associate with Pablo Picasso today ...
FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Ch ...
75 years ago, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. In support of the young republic Joris Ivens filmed in October and November 1945 the boycot actions of maritime workers (the Black Armada) from various nationalities in the harbour of Sydney: Indonesia Calling. On August 26th 2020 the Indonesian ambassador opened in the National Maritime Museum of Australia, situated on Sydney's waterfront, an on-line exhibition about the relationship between Austra ...
On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
The DEFA Foundation in Berlin released a new German DVD with Ivens-films in conjunction with the book Günter Jordan published about these films. DEFA already had launched a DVD with Song of the Rivers in and now presents The Wind Rose, Friendship Will Win and The Peace Cycle Tour Warsaw-Berlin-Prague 1952.
The long awaited book (in German) about Ivens and his East-German films, written by thé specialist in this field, Günter Jordan, has been published by the DEFA Foundation. This beautiful book describes in 680 pages the triumph in the 1950’s, the condemnation at the end of the 1960’s when Ivens became persona non grata in the GDR, until the resurrection of Ivens’ DEFA-films.
The Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen is presenting eleven art works, created by Titus Nolte, based on ten Republican soldiers as shown in Ivens' The Spanish Earth. The unica, aluminium panels with silk-screen printed and painted images, were commissioned by the museum at the occassion of the first big exhibition of the museum in 1999: 'Passages. Joris Ivens and the art of this century'. The artist granted the 11 art works to the museum, which will be on exhibit until 4 October 2015.
'I regard the Ivens-stills as a gift to the collection of the Museum Het Valkhof. The reason is obvious. Joris Ivens was born in Nijmegen and the commission for this art work was created as a contribution to the Ivens-exhibition at the time', explains Titus Nolte to curator Frank van der Schoor. During watching Ivens' film Nolte was struck by the many different headwear of the Republican soldiers in the Spanish Civil War. Many of the volunteers joined the International Brigades. They came from many countries with different political views defending the legally elected Republican government in their fight against Franco's army, which had the support of Hitler and Mussolini. The army of the democratric forces could hardly be called a regular army. The idealism and variety of these Spanish soldiers is shown by the variety of their berets, caps, hats and other headwear. Next to the ten portraits in color with a special graphic processing also one portrait is made in black-and-white. This soldier is not wearing a beret, but a helmet and is a soldier on the Franco side. He is symbol of the harsh war..
On display is also the authentic book The Spanish Earth from 1937 with the comment of teh Ivens'documentary, written by Ernest Hemingway, a loan of the Ivens Foundation.
The Spanish Earth in art
The Spanish Civil War inspired many artists. Even stronger: the battlefield not only was a military front -the testing ground for the Second World War-, but also a cultural front: the accumulation of the artistic avant-garde which got a militant character. The most famous heritage of the Spanish Civil War is Picasso's Guernica. The similarity in creative processes between Picasso's Guernica and Ivens' The Spanish Earth is remarkable. Both art works were 'premiered' on 12 July 1937 in the Spanish Pavillion at the World Exhibition in Paris. The chairs of the film screening almost damaged the large painting of Picasso. Both art works were created during the same time, starting in January 1937 and finishing in July, under enormous time pressure and political tenses. Guernica has strongly influenced modern art, also because the painting was sent on a world tour to England, the United States and Europe. Ivens'documentary also had much influence, it paved the way for a new relationship between sound and image, due to the sober comment and voice-over by Hemingway.
Also Robert Capa's photo of the dying soldier, Hemingway's book For whom the Bell Tolls, Orwell's Homage to Catalonia and many other poems, photos, paintings and texts became iconic art works of teh 20th century.
New generations and contemporary artist continue with this tradition. The Spanish Earth, Hemingway, Dos Passos and Ivens inspired authors and artist to create a number of novels, films and art works.
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A part of the exhibition with the art works of Titus Nolte at the Museum het Valkhof (C) Titus Nolte, 2015
A part of the 11 panels of Titus Nolte as exhibited during 'Passages. Joris Ivens and the art of this century', 1999-2000. Photo: Cox.
A large sculpture, also based on The Spanish Earth, in Brussels: 'La Passionaria Porte-Vox', by Emilio Menchero Lopez, 2006.