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Engelbach, Barbara

Jonas Mekas, Poems and Excerpts from Diaries

The solo exhibition at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (and this accompanying catalogue) show-cases Jonas Mekas´ wide-ranging influence, his sheer passion for film, and his enduring influence on artists and film makers of several generations, and on the very way film history is written.

With documents, publications, film posters and visuals, the exhibition presents Mekas (who lives and works in New York) as initiator and mediator, film curator and film critic. In 1955 he co-founded the journal Film Culture, from 1962 on he organised the Film-Makers´ Co-operative, and likewise from 1964 on the Film-Makers´ Cinematheque; since then he has curated film programmes showcasing avant-garde and underground films.

The main emphasis of the exhibition is on Jonas Mekas´s artistic and cinematic output, which will be shown in a dedicated film programme and a number of installations. Since the 1960s Jonas Mekas has developed his own distinctive style which arose from his many years of documenting his daily life and the passing events with a small hand-held camera – a Bolex.

English and German text.

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