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Andrei Tarkovsky

The Exhibition
Exhibition
14 September through 6 December 2019
Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalghia (1983)

With associative films rich in imagery, such as Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974) and especially Stalker (1979), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932‒1986) made his name as a leading innovator of the language of cinema. This autumn, Eye presents an exhibition and film programme devoted to the celebrated filmmaker and mystic, focusing specifically on Tarkovsky’s quest for existential truth. In addition to immersing the visitor in Tarkovsky’s imagery, the exhibition includes unique documents — letters, photos and Polaroids — that have never previously been displayed in the Netherlands. Moreover, the accompanying film programme features digitally restored films.

The work of Andrei Tarkovsky weaves together dreams and memories, past and present. The painterly beauty of his images, his metaphysical reflections on humanity, and his lucid observations about cinema still inspire new generations of filmmakers and artists. Filmmakers such as Béla Tarr and Alexander Sokurov are considered his most direct descendants in the world of film.


ticket prices
regular  € 11,-
concession  € 9,50
student  € 8,50
Eye Society € 8,-
Cineville / CJP / EYCA  € 5,50

box office only
Museumkaart, I Amsterdam, BGL VIP  free
ages 0-18  free

14 September through 5 October, members of We Are Public visit Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition for free.

  • Andrej Tarkovski / Andrei Tarkovsky

  • Solaris (1972)

  • De jeugd van Ivan / Ivan's Childhood (1962)

inner voice, personal visual idiom

Beyond the straitjacket of social-realist Soviet cinema, Tarkovsky developed a unique body of work in which he saw life as a spiritual quest for truth and self-knowledge. He called it the ‘inner voice of humankind’, which could only be heard within range of the magical and transcendental. He saw his films as ‘hieroglyphics of absolute truth’, acts of non-rational creation that, more than analytical science, were capable of revealing existential meaning.

For Tarkovsky, who died in 1986, film was the ideal medium for getting close to ‘real’ life. Of all the arts, film comes closest to the laws and patterns of human thought and life, he contended — and that made it the most truthful form of art. The style of Tarkovsky’s films was determined by extremely long takes, a very slowly moving camera, remarkable use of sound and music, and an alternation of coloured and monochrome sequences.

  • Solaris (1972)

  • Stalker (1979)

  • Andrej Roebljov / Andrei Rublev (1966)

exhibition concept

The exhibition has been conceived to get as close as possible to Tarkovsky and his work. That is why it will immerse visitors in the director’s imagery, intoxicating them, as it were, with numerous precisely chosen fragments from his films. This approach follows the ideas of the filmmaker regarding the ‘poetry of the image’ and the necessity of a ‘poetic logic’ and a ‘poetic montage’.

private memories

Especially unique is the collection of Polaroids and photographs – never previously shown in the Netherlands – made by Tarkovsky in a private capacity and while filming. The exhibition will also include material from Tarkovsky’s private archives, including letters, scripts and other documents that have never before been presented. These mementos of Tarkovsky’s personal and professional life have been made available by Tarkovsky’s son Andrei Andrejevich Tarkovsky.

  • Het offer / The Sacrifice (1986)

  • Nostalghia (1983)

film programme

The accompanying programme features Tarkovsky’s entire body of work, mostly in the form of digital restorations, including The Mirror (1974), Solaris (1972),  and his last film, The Sacrifice (1986). Also included are films by directors who inspired Tarkovsky (Sergei Parajanov, Robert Bresson) and by directors who Tarkovsky inspired (Lars von Trier, Alex Garland). Six of Tarkovsky’s films will be distributed nationally by Eye.

For those interested in Russia’s Soviet past, a six-part lecture series is being organized in collaboration with Russia expert Otto Boelen from Leiden University.

The art magazine Kunstschrift will publish a special issue devoted to Tarkovsky.

biography Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky was born on 4 April 1932 in Zavrazhye (close to Moscow). His father Arseny Tarkovsky was a prominent poet during the Soviet era and had previously worked as a translator of poems from Turkoman, Georgian, Armenian and Arabic. He left the family in 1937 when Andrei was still a young boy and volunteered for the Russian army in 1941. Andrei then moved with his sister to Moscow.

During the Second World War, the family fled Moscow and stayed with Andrei’s grandmother in Yuryevets. After the war, the family returned to the city, where, in November 1947, Andrei was admitted to hospital for a number of months with tuberculosis. The major and violent events of Tarkovsky’s youth resurface in a number of his films. 

After aborting his studies in Arabic and undertaking an expedition to Siberia, Tarkovsky enrolled in 1954 in the directing programme at the film academy in Moscow. In 1957 he married Irma Rausch, an actress who played in his films Ivan’s Childhood (1962) and Andrei Rublev (1966). During the Khrushchev era of the early 1950s, censorship was temporarily relaxed, allowing literature, films and music from Europe and the US to reach the Soviet Union. That gave Tarkovsky an opportunity to see films by authors who heavily influenced his later work, among them Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson and Kenji Mizoguchi.

Tarkovsky’s graduation work at the film academy in Moscow, The Steamroller and the Violin (1960), brought him instant success and renown. The film won the first prize at the New York Student Film Festival in 1960. Ivan’s Childhood, his first feature film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1962 and won the Golden Lion. The Soviet authorities were less impressed, which meant that the film received almost no attention and enjoyed very limited circulation. His second feature film, about the life of the fifteenth-century iconographer Andrei Rublev (1966), enjoyed a better reception in the West than in his own country. The film was among the prize-winners at Cannes Film Festival but had to be shortened a number of times before being released in the Soviet Union.

In 1970, Tarkovsky married his second wife, Larissa Kizilova, who had been production assistant on the film Andrei Rublev. Their son, Andrei Andrejevich, was born that same year. It wasn’t until The Mirror (1974), his highly autobiographical masterpiece which he had been working on since 1967 but which he could only film in 1973-1974, that he got into serious difficulties with the censors. The authorities placed the film in the ‘third category’, ensuring it had an extremely limited distribution and also that the maker was in danger of being accused of wasting public money.

Tarkovsky’s difficulties with the Soviet authorities foreshadowed his eventual defection to Europe. Before he definitively left the Soviet Union, Tarkovsky made Stalker (1979), which turned out to be an instant classic. In 1982, he relocated permanently to Italy.

Tarkovsky made another two films, Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986), both of which were very well received internationally and won various accolades. He died of cancer in a Paris hospital on 29 December 1986.

 

The exhibition was made possible by:
Fonds21

Agenda

Thursday, 19 Sep 2019

  • 19:30
    19 Sep 2019
    film

    Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1966

    For his second film Tarkovsky loosely based himself on the life of the 15th-century Russian icon...

    English subtitles

Friday, 20 Sep 2019

  • 10:30
    20 Sep 2019
    film

    Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1966

    For his second film Tarkovsky loosely based himself on the life of the 15th-century Russian icon...

  • 19:15
    20 Sep 2019
    Steamroller and the Violin / Stoomwals en de viool
    film compilation

    Early Tarkovsky: The Killers + The Steamroller and the Violin

    Two early films by Tarkovsky from Eye’s collection shine a light on the precocious talent of the great...

  • 21:00
    20 Sep 2019
    film

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1979

    The enigmatic guide Stalker takes a scientist and a writer through the Forbidden Zone, a hermetically...

    English subtitles

Saturday, 21 Sep 2019

  • 11:00
    21 Sep 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

  • 16:15
    21 Sep 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

  • 18:30
    21 Sep 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

Sunday, 22 Sep 2019

  • 10:30
    22 Sep 2019
    film

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1979

    The enigmatic guide Stalker takes a scientist and a writer through the Forbidden Zone, a hermetically...

  • 16:00
    22 Sep 2019
    Earth (Zemlya)
    film and music

    Eye on Sound: Earth (Zemlya)

    Alexander Dovzhenko, SU 1930

    This masterfully designed silent propaganda film from Stalinist Russia depicts the struggle of heroic...

    with live musical accompaniment by Martin de Ruiter and Thijs Havens
  • 18:15
    22 Sep 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

  • 20:30
    22 Sep 2019
    Solaris
    film

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovski, SU 1972

    Andrei Tarkovsky asked composer Edward Artemiev to write the music for his psychological science...

    with introduction, as part of Tales of the Future

Monday, 23 Sep 2019

  • 14:00
    23 Sep 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

  • 19:00
    23 Sep 2019
    The Color of Pomegranates
    film

    The Color of Pomegranates

    Sergej Paradzanov, SU 1969

    A true classic of the cinema of the Caucasus and one of the favourite films of Russian filmmaker...

    with introduction by Leo van Hee (programmer Eye)
  • 21:30
    23 Sep 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

    English subtitles

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

  • 11:00
    24 Sep 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

  • 19:15
    24 Sep 2019
    Tarkovsky - The Exhibition
    special

    Tarkovsky & Tarkovsky

    special, NL 2019

    Film specialist and IFFR programmer Edwin Carels talks about the oeuvre of Andrei Tarkovsky. A...

  • 21:00
    24 Sep 2019
    Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalgia (1983)
    film

    Nostalghia

    Andrei Tarkovsky, IT/SU 1983

    A visually overwhelming story about a Russian writer researching the life of an 18th-century composer...

    English subtitles

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2019

  • 16:00
    25 Sep 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

  • 19:00
    25 Sep 2019
    film

    The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)

    Andrei Zvyagintsev, RU 2003

    The multi-award-winning The Return is regarded as one of the most successful art-house...

Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

  • 10:30
    26 Sep 2019
    Solaris
    film

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1972

    Solaris is Tarkovsky’s venture into the genre of science fiction, though there are no...

Saturday, 28 Sep 2019

  • 15:00
    28 Sep 2019
    film

    Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1966

    For his second film Tarkovsky loosely based himself on the life of the 15th-century Russian icon...

Sunday, 29 Sep 2019

  • 16:00
    29 Sep 2019
    Andrei Tarkovsky, Nostalgia (1983)
    film

    Nostalghia

    Andrei Tarkovsky, IT/SU 1983

    A visually overwhelming story about a Russian writer researching the life of an 18th-century composer...

Monday, 30 Sep 2019

  • 11:00
    30 Sep 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

  • 16:00
    30 Sep 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

  • 21:00
    30 Sep 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

    English subtitles

Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019

  • 21:30
    1 Oct 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

    English subtitles

Wednesday, 2 Oct 2019

  • 15:30
    2 Oct 2019
    film

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1979

    The enigmatic guide Stalker takes a scientist and a writer through the Forbidden Zone, a hermetically...

Friday, 4 Oct 2019

  • 18:45
    4 Oct 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

  • 21:00
    4 Oct 2019
    Solaris
    film

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1972

    Solaris is Tarkovsky’s venture into the genre of science fiction, though there are no...

Saturday, 5 Oct 2019

Sunday, 6 Oct 2019

  • 13:00
    6 Oct 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

    English subtitles
  • 16:00
    6 Oct 2019
    City Lights
    film and music

    Eye on Sound: City Lights

    Charles Chaplin, US 1931

    Comedy and Tarkovsky: it may seem an unusual combination. The filmmaker-mystic with an ear for...

    with live musical accompanyment by Martin de Ruiter
  • 19:00
    6 Oct 2019
    film

    Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1966

    For his second film Tarkovsky loosely based himself on the life of the 15th-century Russian icon...

Monday, 7 Oct 2019

  • 19:00
    7 Oct 2019
    Le journal d'un curé de campagne
    film

    Le journal d'un curé de campagne

    Robert Bresson, FR 1951

    Robert Bresson only directed thirteen films in his long life (1901-1999). His third film, Diary of...

    with introduction by Leo van Hee (Eye) (Dutch)

Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019

  • 15:30
    8 Oct 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

Wednesday, 9 Oct 2019

  • 15:45
    9 Oct 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

  • 18:00
    9 Oct 2019
    Long Day's Journey Into Night
    film

    Long Day's Journey Into Night (3D)

    Bi Gan, CN 2018

    This neo-noir brimming with virtuoso visual feats is split into two: the first part is a detective...

  • 20:45
    9 Oct 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

Thursday, 10 Oct 2019

  • 15:45
    10 Oct 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

    English subtitles

Friday, 11 Oct 2019

  • 16:00
    11 Oct 2019
    Solaris
    film

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1972

    Solaris is Tarkovsky’s venture into the genre of science fiction, though there are no...

  • 19:30
    11 Oct 2019
    One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich
    film

    One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

    Chris Marker, FR 1999

    The French filmmaker Chris Marker gives personal and fond tribute to his friend and colleague Andrei...

  • 21:00
    11 Oct 2019
    film

    The Sacrifice

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SE 1986

    Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film won three awards at Cannes. Shot in Sweden, the film revolves around...

Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

  • 16:00
    12 Oct 2019
    film

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1979

    The enigmatic guide Stalker takes a scientist and a writer through the Forbidden Zone, a hermetically...

  • 19:15
    12 Oct 2019
    film

    The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1974

    Tarkovsky’s most personal work is a mix of childhood recollections, news footage and poetry by...

Sunday, 13 Oct 2019

  • 16:00
    13 Oct 2019
    film

    Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1966

    For his second film Tarkovsky loosely based himself on the life of the 15th-century Russian icon...

  • 19:45
    13 Oct 2019
    Solaris
    film

    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1972

    Solaris is Tarkovsky’s venture into the genre of science fiction, though there are no...

Monday, 14 Oct 2019

  • 15:30
    14 Oct 2019
    film

    Stalker

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1979

    The enigmatic guide Stalker takes a scientist and a writer through the Forbidden Zone, a hermetically...

  • 19:00
    14 Oct 2019
    Nazarin
    film

    Nazarin

    Luis Buñuel, MX 1958

    Buñuel’s uncompromising portrait of a man who follows in the footsteps of Christ to spread the good in...

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019

  • 15:30
    15 Oct 2019
    Japón
    film

    Japón

    Carlos Reygadas, MX 2002

    A remarkable portrait of a man in his forties who leaves Mexico City to travel to the countryside,...

  • 21:30
    15 Oct 2019
    film

    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky, SU 1962

    Tarkovsky’s first feature film premiered in the West at the Cannes Film Festival, where it immediately...

    English subtitles

Friday, 18 Oct 2019

Saturday, 19 Oct 2019

  • 16:00
    19 Oct 2019
    Nazarin
    film

    Nazarin

    Luis Buñuel, MX 1958

    Buñuel’s uncompromising portrait of a man who follows in the footsteps of Christ to spread the good in...

Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

  • 18:00
    20 Oct 2019
    Japón
    film

    Japón

    Carlos Reygadas, MX 2002

    A remarkable portrait of a man in his forties who leaves Mexico City to travel to the countryside,...

Monday, 21 Oct 2019

  • 19:00
    21 Oct 2019
    Skammen (Shame)
    film

    Shame (Skammen)

    Ingmar Bergman, SE 1968

    Watching the trailer of Ingmar Bergman’s Shame – regarded by Tarkovsky as a highlight in...

    with introduction by Leo van Hee (Eye) (Dutch)

Sunday, 27 Oct 2019

  • 16:15
    27 Oct 2019
    Skammen (Shame)
    film

    Shame (Skammen)

    Ingmar Bergman, SE 1968

    Watching the trailer of Ingmar Bergman’s Shame – regarded by Tarkovsky as a highlight in...

Monday, 28 Oct 2019

  • 19:00
    28 Oct 2019
    film

    Ugetsu monogatari

    Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1953

    A potter tries to survive in a war-torn medieval village. He encounters a magical princess who...

Friday, 1 Nov 2019

Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019

  • 19:15
    5 Nov 2019
    Tarkovsky - The Exhibition
    special

    Digital Tarkovsky

    special, NL 2019

    Dutch artists and film makers who are inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky present their work and discuss how...

Thursday, 7 Nov 2019

Saturday, 9 Nov 2019

  • 18:45
    9 Nov 2019
    Melancholia
    film

    Melancholia

    Lars von Trier, DK 2011

    A darkly romantic, psychological ‘disaster film’ in which the end of the world spoils a wedding party...

    with introduction by Esther Elligens (Eye Exposed) (Dutch)

Friday, 15 Nov 2019

  • 16:15
    15 Nov 2019
    film

    Ugetsu monogatari

    Kenji Mizoguchi, JP 1953

    A potter tries to survive in a war-torn medieval village. He encounters a magical princess who...

Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

  • 19:15
    17 Nov 2019
    Tempo di viaggio
    film

    Tempo di viaggio

    Andrei Tarkovski, IT 1983

    By 1982 Andrei Tarkovsky’s struggle with Soviet censorship had reached the stage where he was no...

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