Alex van Warmerdam - L’histoire kaputt

Exhibition
10 June through 2 September 2018

A man lifts a big black thing out of a closet, there is a composite girl, and there are creatures in the forest. Eye presents new work by Alex van Warmerdam in an exhibition specially designed for the film museum. Personages, objects and situations come to life in a mysteriously staged setting, complemented by big screens showing scenes from Van Warmerdam’s films. All elements of the exhibition testify to the down-to-earth imagination and idiosyncratic approach of Alex van Warmerdam as a maker of films and works for the stage, as well as a writer and painter.

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At the invitation of Eye Filmmuseum, Alex van Warmerdam (1952) created an exhibition with new films, installations and objects. Film, theatre, design and painting come together in L’histoire kaputt, a term that denotes a wondrous world where things are completely convincingly different from how they appear.

living room

Placed in the exhibition gallery is a big storage tank containing a ‘composite girl’ lying among the bushes. There is an open book where her head should be. A painting, over four metres in length, depicts two businessmen floating on a raft out at sea. Stop motion films show a constantly changing painting, and visitors can take turns to enter a living room and meet the occupants. Positioned between the works are big screens that show fragments from Van Warmerdam’s feature films, among them De Noorderlingen (1992), De Jurk (1996), Borgman (2013) and Schneider vs. Bax (2015).

for today, 19 Jul 2018

reduction passes

Visitors with either Museumcard, BGL VIP-card or IAmsterdam-city card pay a surcharge of € 3,- for this exhibition and need to pay at the reception.

  • L'histoire kaputt, foto © Hans Wilschut

  • Het zoekgeraakte meisje, foto © Hans Wilschut

  • Zijkanaal b, foto © Hans Wilschut

  • Kamer, foto © Hans Wilschut

film programme

Alex van Warmerdam made his debut in 1986 with Abel, which immediately won two Golden Calf awards at the Netherlands Film Festival. Van Warmerdam broke through internationally with De Noorderlingen (1992), the Dutch entry for that year’s Oscars, which also won the European Film Award for Best Film. Borgman (2015) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

To mark the exhibition, eight feature films of Van Warmerdam are being screened in the Eye cinemas. Later this year, Eye is presenting a re-edited version of Grimm (2003).

  • Abel, 1986

  • De Noorderlingen, 1992

  • De Jurk, 1996

  • Kleine Teun, 1998

  • Ober, 2006

  • De laatste dagen van Emma Blank, 2009

  • Borgman, 2013

  • Schneider vs. Bax, 2015

Agenda

Saturday, 21 Jul 2018

  • 16:45
    21 Jul 2018
    film

    De jurk

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1996

    Alex van Warmerdam tracks the entire life cycle of a blue leaf...

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018

  • 16:00
    25 Jul 2018
    film

    Borgman

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL/BE/DK 2013

    Outsider Borgman enters the world of upper-class suburbia in this thriller which competed at Cannes....

Wednesday, 1 Aug 2018

  • 21:30
    1 Aug 2018
    film

    Ober

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL/BE 2006

    Hapless waiter Edgar turns out to be a character in the sadistic...

Saturday, 4 Aug 2018

  • 16:45
    4 Aug 2018
    film

    Kleine Teun

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1998

    A dark comedy about the complex love triangle between farmer Brand...

Wednesday, 8 Aug 2018

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018

  • 16:45
    11 Aug 2018
    film

    De jurk

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1996

    Alex van Warmerdam tracks the entire life cycle of a blue leaf...

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018

  • 21:30
    15 Aug 2018
    film

    Schneider vs. Bax

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 2015

    A hitman reluctantly takes on a rush job to kill a writer....

Saturday, 18 Aug 2018

  • 16:45
    18 Aug 2018
    film

    De Noorderlingen

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1992

    The residents of a new-build development in 1960 as seen through...

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018

  • 16:00
    21 Aug 2018
    film

    Ober

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL/BE 2006

    Hapless waiter Edgar turns out to be a character in the sadistic...

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018

  • 16:30
    22 Aug 2018
    film

    Abel

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1985

    Alex van Warmerdam’s feature film debut was widely acclaimed for...

Saturday, 25 Aug 2018

  • 16:45
    25 Aug 2018
    film

    Kleine Teun

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL 1998

    A dark comedy about the complex love triangle between farmer Brand...

Saturday, 1 Sep 2018

Sunday, 2 Sep 2018

  • 19:15
    2 Sep 2018
    film

    Borgman

    Alex van Warmerdam, NL/BE/DK 2013

    Outsider Borgman enters the world of upper-class suburbia in this thriller which competed at Cannes....

Full program

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