Desmet Collection draws international attention, presentations in Washington, New York and San Francisco

Still from Le acque miracolose, E. Rodolfi, 1914. Desmet Collection

2 January 2017

From January 14 through 22, the National Gallery of Art in Washington presents six programs with films from the Jean Desmet Collection.

EYE curator Elif Rongen (Early Cinema/Silent Film) will give an introduction to the first three programs (Up in the Air!, Ladies First, The Colorful World of Cinema) at the National Gallery, on the 14th and 15th of January.

Rongen wil talk about the history and significance of the Desmet Collection, one of the oldest archives residing in EYE Film Museum and part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. It holds over 900 films and film posters as well as correspondence, lists of programs and various sorts of information on the early era of cinema, all drawn from the legacy of film and film theatre pioneer Jean Desmet (1875-1956).

The shows hold various compilations of all sorts of films, ranging from documentaries, early fiction and news reels to meditations on the cinematic experience. Click here for an overview.

Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory is also part of this summer’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival. On February 7 and 8 a program selection will be shown at  Bard College, Center for Moving Image Arts, New York.