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

At the 67th Cannes Filmfestival Marceline Loridan-Ivens will present on Wednesday 21th of May the digital version of How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) and the DVD boxset at the Palais de festival as part of Cannes Classics. The print has been restored by the CNC (National Film Center) and will be distributed by ARTE Editions, starting on 3 June 2014

Read more: Yukong at Cannes Classics 2014

On Friday 16th the Collegium Novum Zurich will perform a programme 'Live Music & Silent Films'. One of the silent films is Rain (1929, Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken) and the score Hanns Eisler 'Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain' (1941).

Read more: Rain in New York

At the 36th Cinéma du réel Filmfestival in Paris the Italian documerntary Il Segreto (The Secret, 2013) won the Joris Ivens Award.

Read more: Joris Ivens Award for 'Il Segreto'


You are now visiting the new website about filmmaker Joris Ivens (Nijmegen 1898- Parijs 1989). Since 1997 the European Foundation Joris Ivens is managing the archival collections, based in Ivens' birthplace Nijmegen. This collection, profesionally preserved in the vaults of the Regional Archive Nijmegen, has been extended thanks to acquisition and is now twice as large as when we started. Even nowadays we receive new documents and collections, for instance in March this year boxes of the Hans Wegner Collection given by the Bundesarchiv were given to the Ivens Fiundation as well as interviews about Joris Ivens, Helen van Dongen and Martha Gellhorn from Canada. 
In previous years some 100.000 documenten of the 12 collections, 11.000 photo's, 5.000 clippings, 350 posters and 25 films have been listed and digitised. These data become applicable on this website.

Volunteers worked for years on the inventory lists: Anne Japsers (clippings, Marion Michelle), Britt van bebber (library), Merel Geelen (Jan de Vaal), Alice Hautvast (data), Wilma Roland (library) and others. Walter van Rooij created the design of the website and Bjorn Thannhauser the databse (Movements Group).

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