On Friday 7 February students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf will see historical footage, films, documentaries and interviews, with among others Regen/Rain (Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken, 1929). Teacher and filmmaker Claudia von Alemann will show her own work and discuss the films of others. The Academy of visual arts at Düsseldorf was itself the filmset of 'Werk ohne Autor' (Never Look Away; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018).
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.
The Vietnamese government honors Joris Ivens posthumously by conferring the Friendship Medal. This award will be presented on Thursday afternoon 16th of January by H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the embassy in The Hague. A family member of Joris Ivens, Annemiek Nooteboom, will receive the medal on behalf of the family.
On Friday 23 October a film crew of Chinese broadcasting (CCTV-9) shoot some footage in Nijmegen for a four-part series on Joris Ivens and China. Prof. Zhang Tong Dao from Beijing University Beida, teacher as well as filmmaker, is the director. Each episode will focus on one of the Chinese films Ivens made between 1938-1988. Dutch filmmaker René Seegers, who made Joris Ivens Old Friend of the Chinese People in 2008, assisted this film crew during the shooting.
Documents and photos from the collectio ...
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 ...
The NDR-Radiophilharmonie will perform 'Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain' by German composer Hanns Eisler, together with the projection of Ivens' film Regen (1929, Rain) in the Sprengel-Museum in Hannover on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Recently two new books were published in Vietnam about Joris Ivens. The first one describes the life and career of Joris Ivens as a filmmaker with a special focus on Vietnam, the second book is the result of the International Joris Ivens Symposium, held in Hanoi in November 2018. All lectures of Vietnamese filmmakers and friends/assistents of Ivens as well as international film scholars are included.
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 ...
The 28th International Film Festival Innsbruck (Austria) presents an hommage to Joris Ivens commemorating his death thirty years ago, on 28th of June 1989. Three films will be shown between May 28th and June 2nd: The Spanish Earth, Loin de Vietnam and Lied der Ströme. This series is supported by the 'Zukunftsfonds der Republik Osterreich' and the University of Innsbruck.
On 22 and 23 November the International Joris Ivens Symposium in Hanoi brought together a wonderful mix of Vietnamese film veterans, who had collaborated with Joris Ivens and his wife in the 1960s and a group of film scholars from Canada, USA, Indonesia, Australia, France, China and The Netherlands.
The magnificient book of film historian Günter Jordan about Joris Ivens' East-German films, entitled 'Unknown Ivens' ('Unbekannter Ivens') will be presented on 25 November at the legendary UT Connewitz film theater in Leipzig. Next to the lecture by Jordan 'Joris Ivens at DEFA and in the GDR' the films Die Windrose (1958, The Rose Compass) and Rain (1929, Regen) will be shown.
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 ...
On Monday May 28th the VietNam Film Institute presented a new documentary film about Ivens in VietNam at the occassion of a ceremony in Nijmegen celebrating 50 years of solidarity between Nijmegen and VietNam. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of VietNam in The Hague, Mr. Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen, and activists from the 1960s and 70s supporting VietNam, attended this meeting. The theme 'Looking back for a better future' was illustrated with specialists presenting innovative technologies from Nijmegen in nowadays projects in Viet ...
Exhibition room with avant-garde films at the MMKA, Arnhem
From 20 October 2013 to 23 February 2014, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (MMKA) exhibits The Melancholic Metropolis: Cityscapes between Magic and Realism, 1925-1950. Magic realist painting is displayed alongside photography and film of the same era that visualizes the metropolis as a place of stillness, loneliness, and melancholy. Ivens’s film Rain is on exhibit permanently, alongside other avant-garde films. Also photos of Germaine Krull, Ivens’wife at that time, who inspired him to film cranes and bridges, are presented.
The metropolis as motif
During the first half of the twentieth century, philosophers, sociologists, writers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers presented the metropolis as the locus of modernity – the place where capitalism, industrialization, technological progress, and mass consumption were most clearly manifested. In addition, they saw the modern metropolis as an environment that gave rise to new visual experiences, which make appealing themes for the visual arts: crowds, traffic, billboards, and skyscrapers. While many artists celebrated this hectic urban condition, magic realists and other artists represented in this exhibition tried to give shape to the fantasies, fears, and alienation which went hand in hand with living in a large modern city – a place characterized by disconnection and anonymity. The results are often mysterious and sometimes threatening images.
Magic realism in a European context
Cityscapes by Dutch magic realists such as Carel Willink, Joop Moesman and Pyke Koch are accompanied by urban landscapes by painters who show an affinity with them, such as Mario Sironi and surrealists like Paul Delvaux. The exhibition also features works by artists of the German neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, including Max Radler, Oskar Nerlinger and Karl Völker. In addition, the exhibition also includes contemporaneous cityscapes created in the context of French and Belgian photography and cinema. The exhibition thus situates magic realism in a European context.
Charged with mystery, magic realist artworks are marked by a “photographic effect” due to the smooth handling of paint and a remarkable play of light. French and Belgian 1930s urban photographs evoke similar impressions of urban alienation and melancholy. Examples include Brassaï’s photography book Paris de nuit (1933) and various photographs, photo-montages, and photo-books by Eugène Atget, Jacques-André Boiffard, Eli Lotar, Germaine Krull, Marcel Lefrancq, Pierre Boucher, and others.
Magic realist cityscapes also show some affinity with city images in films of the era. In particular, The Melancholy Metropolis looks at two film phenomena. The city symphony, an important film genre in the Inter-War period, often highlights the city as a mysterious and melancholy space. The exhibition features examples such as A propos de Nice (Jean Vigo, 1929), Regen (Joris Ivens, 1929) and Impressionen vom alten Marseiller Hafen (Vieux port) (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1929). In addition, urban spaces play an important role in French poetic realism of the 1930s. Films by directors such as Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné and Julien Duvivier often favored the motif of a lonely character wandering through the empty city at night or in the early morning hours. Carné’s images of the city, in particular, demonstrate a strong similarity with those in the paintings, drawings, and photographs in the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Steven Jacobs, an art historian who currently teaches at the Department of Art-, Music- and Theater Studies at Ghent University in Belgium. His publications includeThe Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock (010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2007), Beyond the Picturesque (SMAK, Ghent, 2009, with Frank Maes), Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), and Art & Cinema: Belgian Art Documentaries (Cinematek, Brussels, 2013).
With special thanks to: Goethe Institute, The Netherlands; The German Embassy in The Hague.