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campaign image 1968: You Say You Want a Revolution (© Bruno Barbey)
© Bruno Barbey

1968 – You Say You Want a Revolution

This programme shows how, 50 years ago, the film camera became the rallying symbol of a generation of young people who demanded the right to shape their own lives.

Chia-Wei Hsu, Drones, Frosted Bats and the Testimony of the Deceased (2017)
Chia-Wei Hsu, Drones, Frosted Bats and the Testimony of the Deceased (2017)

A Tale of Hidden Histories

Truth, facts, memories, reality: are they all constructions? The artists in this group exhibition deploy many different types of media to investigate and ‘unmask’ the past.

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Alex van Warmerdam – L'histoire kaputt

At the invitation of Eye Filmmuseum, Alex van Warmerdam presents an exhibition with new films, installations and objects. Film, theatre, design and painting come together.

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Alice, The Virtual Reality Play and film programme

Alice, the unforgettable creation of British author and photographer Lewis Carroll, will be strolling through Eye this month, in a virtual reality expierence and film programme.

Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (SU 1983)
Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (SU 1983)

Andrei Tarkovsky – The Exhibition

Exhibition and film programme devoted to the celebrated filmmaker and mystic, focusing specifically on Tarkovsky’s quest for existential truth.

campaign image Anthony McCall – Solid Light Films and Other Works (1971-2014)

Anthony McCall – Solid Light Films and Other Works

Since the 1970s, McCall has produced a remarkable body of work that includes, among other media, large-scale light-projection installations, so-called ‘solid light films’.

campaign image Béla Tarr - Till the End of the World, still from Damnation

Béla Tarr – Till the End of the World

Béla Tarr is a master of the magnificent long take, a master of wonderfully shot, melancholic films that express the human condition.

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Celluloid – Tacita Dean, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Rosa Barba, Gibson & Recoder

International group exhibition featuring work by artists who use and reflect on the qualities of 16mm and 35mm film stock and the cinematic apparatus.

campaign image Chantal Akerman - Passages, still from Hotel Monterey
campaign image Chantal Akerman - Passages, still from Hotel Monterey

Chantal Akerman – Passages

Major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a feminist avant-garde filmmaker, who later discovered the possibilities of the art gallery.

campaign image Cinema Erotica (still from Viens! VR (Michel Reilhac, FR 2015))
still from Viens! VR (Michel Reilhac, FR 2015)

Cinema Erotica

Cinema Erotica celebrates sensuality, squarely faces the embarrassing darker sides of lust like sex addiction and offers a compendium of seductive film history.

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Cinema Remake – Art & Film

Exhibition with work of filmmakers and artists who use iconic feature films as a basis with which to create something radically new.

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Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands

Group exhibition featuring work by a new generation of filmmakers and artists in the Netherlands, who are breaking down the barriers between film, video and visual art.

campaign image David Cronenberg – The Exhibition

David Cronenberg – The Exhibition

Major exhibition focusing on director David Cronenberg, who acquired cult status with his idiosyncratic films about the relationship between body, mind, technology and mass media.

campaign image Expanded Cinema – Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong, still from Saint Sebastian (Fiona Tan, 2001)
still from Saint Sebastian (Fiona Tan, 2001)

Expanded Cinema – Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong

With their works in this exhibition, the participating artists demonstrated that film doesn’t just belong in the cinema.

2015: The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema

This conference will celebrate this milestone anniversary by providing a new forum to explore contemporary archival and academic debates around colour in the silent era.

2016: Exposing the Film Apparatus

Eye International Conference 2016

2017: The Reel Thing

in 2017, the conference will host for two days a special 40th edition of the technical symposium The Reel Thing.

2018: Activating the Archive

How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? The Eye International Conference 2018 will explore answers to these and other questions.

Les six soeurs Dainef 1902
Les six soeurs Dainef 1902

2019: Sisters

The theme of the Eye International Conference 2019 is Sisters, taken both literally and figuratively within a wide range of theoretical and historical angles.

2020: Water, Climate, and Migration

The annual Eye International Conference explores contemporary archival and academic debates, and in 2020 hosts the biennial Orphan Film Symposium.

campaign image Fellini - The Exhibition, still from La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
still from La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)

Fellini – The Exhibition

Focusing on one of the most image-defining masters of post-war Italian cinema, Fellini – The Exhibition unravels the filmmaker’s universe.

campaign image Found Footage – Cinema Exposed; still from Kristall (Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, 2006)
still from Kristall (Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, 2006)

Found Footage – Cinema Exposed

The exhibition showed how artists and filmmakers make use of the nearly inexhaustible reservoir of images that can be found in film archives, on the Internet, TV and DVD.

Children's Game 10 (Francis Alÿs)
Children's Game 10 (Francis Alÿs)

Francis Alÿs – Children's Games

A major exhibition of work by the Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs, who is best-known for his playful videos that are both engaged and poetic.

campaign image Frans Weisz - Filmen is vurrukkulluk (still from Het gangstermeisje (Frans Weisz, NL 1966))
still from Het gangstermeisje (Frans Weisz, NL 1966)

Frans Weisz – Filmen is vurrukkulluk

To mark the premiere of Frans Weisz’s latest film, Eye presents a programme of films by one of the Netherlands’ most prominent filmmakers of the past fifty years.

campaign image FURY! Punk Culture, illustration © Roel Smit
campaign image FURY! Punk Culture, illustration © Roel Smit

FURY! Punk Culture

Eye celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk. The programme includes features, documentaries, bands, spoken word performances, DIY films, DJs and punk poets, a punk museum and more.

Hito Steyerl, Liquidity, Inc. (2014)
Hito Steyerl, Liquidity, Inc. (2014)

Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing – Eye Art & Film Prize

Highlighting this Eye Art & Film Prize, this exhibition featured work by the first three winners, all of whom share a socially engaged approach to their art.

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Jan Svankmajer – The Alchemical Wedding

Steaks, pebbles, iron locks: master animator Jan Švankmajer can bring anything to life in works of obsession, horror and eroticism underpinned by an undercurrent of abuse of power.

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still from Floating Weeds (Ukikusa) (Yasujirō Ozu, JP 1959)

Japan Restored

The golden years of Japanese cinema, the 1950s, are brought to life in a programme featuring brand new 4K restorations of seven classics.

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Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory

With the exhibition Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory, Eye opened up one of its treasure troves, inviting you to step into the dream world of the early years of cinema.

campaign image Jesper Just, still from Intercourses
Jesper Just, Intercourses

Jesper Just

Solo exhibition by Jesper Just, who caused a stir with cinematographic works in which he explores gender, desires, relations and identity in a refined visual idiom.

campaign image Johan van der Keuken - Up to the Light

Johan van der Keuken – Up to the Light

The exhibition focused on the extraordinary way in which Van der Keuken brought together contrasting images in his films and observed a world in constant transition.

campaign image Le monde d'Isabelle Huppert, © Peter Lindbergh
© Peter Lindbergh

Le monde d'Isabelle Huppert

Intense and hypnotising, cool and on fire: Eye offers a tribute to the phenomenal French actress with a programme featuring more than thirty films, interviews, guests and Q&As.

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Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Cao Guimarães

Exhibition of work by prominent film artists Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Cao Guimarães. Their celebrated work evokes a world that blends dream, sensory experience and reality.

campaign image Looking For America (still from The Other Side (Roberto Minervini, US 2015))
campaign image Looking For America (still from The Other Side (Roberto Minervini, US 2015))

Looking for America

Eye takes an inquisitive look at the United States. How does the age-old ideal of a ‘land of the free and home of the brave’ relate to the difficult reality of today?

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Martin Scorsese – The Exhibition

Exhibition devoted to one of the most important American film directors of the past half-century: Martin Scorsese.

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Heat & Vice – The Films of Michael Mann

Michael Mann inimitably captures the gritty side of big city life in stylized images. Eye shows all of his twelve feature films, plus the Miami Vice pilot.

campaign image Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno, still from La notte

Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno

Exhibition about one of the foremost innovators in film from the last century, who renewed the grammar of film by thinking in terms of the image and less in terms of narrative.

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Mūbii Japan – 90 jaar Japanse cinema

With an overview of more than forty titles, we provide insight into more than ninety years of fascinating film history, from the early twentieth century to the present day.

campaign image Oskar Fischinger – Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction

Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) – Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction

Exhibition on the German-American avant-garde filmmaker who was highly influential in the development of the animation film and who remains a source of inspiration for animators.

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Parra Odyssee – An ode to Pim de la Parra

Eye is re-releasing De la Parra's feature debut Obsessions (1969) and, over a one week period, pays tribute to one of the Netherlands' flamboyant directors, an inspirator to many.

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Péter Forgács – Looming Fire

Based on Eye’s extensive collection of home movies, Forgács takes us through everyday life in the Netherlands East Indies at the height of the colonial period.

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Master of Light – Robby Müller

Major exhibition devoted to the Netherlands’ most famous director of photography, Robby Müller.

still from Rainbow Bubbles (Iosef Demian, RO 1982)
still from Rainbow Bubbles (Iosef Demian, RO 1982)

Romanian Cinema

A reflection on the December 1989 revolution and everything that went on before and after – featuring old and new films, special premieres and Q&As with filmmakers.

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Ruskino 1913-2013

In the year that celebrates 400 years of diplomatic ties between The Netherlands and Russia, Eye offers an overview of 100 years of Russian film in Ruskino.

Ryoji Ikeda, Datamatics
Ryoji Ikeda, Datamatics

Ryoji Ikeda

Visual artist and a key figure in the world of electronic music Ikeda created a spectacular presentation of his overwhelmingly immersive audiovisual artworks specially for Eye.

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still from Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, IL 2008)

Shell Shock – The power of storytelling

Shell Shock provides a forum for the cinematic representation of violent conflicts and traumatic memories. The subjective experience takes centre stage, not the finding of truth.

campaign image Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition, still from A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
still from A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)

Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition

Comprehensive exhibition on one of the most influential directors of the 20th century, the genius behind films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.

campaign image Steven Spielberg – Master Storyteller (still from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, US 1982))
still from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, US 1982)

Steven Spielberg – Master Storyteller

With screening of over twenty of his image-defining films, Eye Filmmuseum presents a retrospective of the work of the most successful director of all time.

campaign image Sweet & Sour: The Films of Billy Wilder (still from The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, US 1955))
still from The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, US 1955)

Sweet & Sour: The Films of Billy Wilder

The legendary screenwriter and Hollywood director Billy Wilder was a brilliant word artist. His Oscar-winning classics are irresistibly funny, bold and incisive.

campaign image Eye on Sound: Tales of the Future (image from Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, GB 2013))
campaign imageimage from Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, GB 2013)

Tales of the Future

With Tales of the Future, Eye shows the influence of the synthesizer on film music and sound design, and tells how the instrument became indispensable in film music.

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The Comedies of Woody Allen

In The Comedies of Woody Allen, Eye highlights his extensive oeuvre, from the rarely seen 'early, funny ones' of the early 1970s to his latest film Irrational Man.

still from Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954)
still from Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, US 1954)

The Hitchcock Touch

Eye pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most iconic and influential filmmakers, with a major retrospective including nine restored silent films in new, digital copies.

campaign image The Man Machine (still from Ex Machina (Alex Garland, GB 2014)
still from Ex Machina (Alex Garland, GB 2014)

The Man Machine

Eye explores the cinematic representation of the fears and desires that inevitably accompany the fusion of man and machine.

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The Quay Brothers' Universum

Exhibition featuring the enigmatic and dark body of work of the Quay Brothers that includes stop-motion animation, drawings, and performing arts productions.

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Theo van Gogh

On November 2 2014, it will be exactly ten years ago that columnist, interviewer and filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered. Eye screens his thirteen feature films and more.

campaign image This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2018

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2018

Public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage.

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2016

Public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage.

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This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2017

Public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage.

campaign image This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2019

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2019

Public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage.

Ali Cherri, The Disquiet
Ali Cherri, The Disquiet

Trembling Landscapes

Eye Filmmuseum presents a group exhibition that explores landscape with some of the Arab world’s most prominent artists who work with film and video.

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Waiting for the Time to Pass

To celebrate Eye's 75th anniversary, we asked seven artists we have worked with o exhibitions in the past to provide a film work for a digital exhibition.

campaign image Where Do We Go Now? (still from Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va ou?) (Nadine Labaki, FR/LB/EG/IT 2011))
still from Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant on va ou?) (Nadine Labaki, FR/LB/EG/IT 2011)

Where Do We Go Now? – Arabian women behind the camera

Eye shines a light on an amazing trend: the international rise of female filmmakers from the Arab world.

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William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015)

William Kentridge – If We Ever Get to Heaven

Exhibition featuring work by the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge, who achieved renown with his remarkable animation films, charcoal drawings and installations.

William Kentridge, 10 Drawings for Projection, Other Faces (2011)
William Kentridge, 10 Drawings for Projection, Other Faces (2011)

William Kentridge – Ten Drawings for Projection

In 2015, William Kentridge donated 10 Drawings for Projection to Eye Filmmuseum. Illuminating the eventful history of South Africa, these films are part of a larger installation.