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Chantal Akerman

Passages
Exhibition
1 June through 30 August 2020
Chantal Akerman Passages

This summer, Eye Filmmuseum is presenting a major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman. Akerman was one of the first film directors who made the switch to visual art. She rose to fame in the 1970s as a feminist avant-garde filmmaker, and midway through the 1990s, she discovered the possibilities of the art gallery.

In 1995 she created a large spatial installation on 24 monitors based on D’Est, a film she originally made as a documentary. This marked the start of her ‘second career’ within the world of visual art.

The exhibition features eight of Akerman’s film installations. In addition to D’Est, they include a.o. Woman Sitting after a Killing (2001)Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai (2007-2008) and her final work NOW (2015).

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COVID-19 measures

  • The exhibition is open daily until 19.00; the last time slot to enter is 17.45-18.00

  • Please buy your tickets online if possible. Tickets are sold up to 5 minutes before the start of each time slot. If you buy a ticket at the desk, we will register your email address

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  • Admission tickets are sold by time slot, please arrive on time to enter the exhibition during your 15-minute time slot

  • There will be no admission after this time slot has ended

  • Once inside, you can stay as long as you wish

  • The cloakroom and lockers are temporarily out of use. Please do not bring large bags, folding bikes, etc, to Eye. Large umbrellas cannot be taken into the exhibition

  • In the Mirror (1971-2007) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Marcher à côté de ses lacets dans un frigidaire vide (2004) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Tombée de nuit du Shanghai (2007-2009) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Saute ma ville (1968) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • NOW (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

As a 25-year-old dropout from film academy, Chantal Akerman acquired instant fame in 1975 with Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. This understated, minimalist portrait of the mundane chores of a Brussels housewife and part-time prostitute was lauded as the standard-bearer of feminist avant-garde cinema. In a stripped-down and anti-dramatic style – later referred to as ‘slow cinema’ – Akerman exposed the oppressive routine of a homemaker’s existence and gave a face to the secret life of countless women.

Akerman’s work is characterized by a detached approach to what looks like ‘ordinary life’, but where a profusion of violent events, memories and emotions lurk beneath the surface. Akerman, herself the child of an Auschwitz survivor, is “charging the mundane with significance”.

a world outside movie theatres

Around 1995 – by then Akerman was the celebrated director of classic films such as News from Home (1977), Toute une nuit (1982) and Nuit et jour (1991) – the filmmaker discovered a world outside movie theatres. Her first video installation was D’Est in 1995, in which she presented hypnotic images on 24 monitors to show how people try to survive behind the Iron Curtain in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. Her observational images of people and landscapes lack any dialogue or narrative. This installation marked the start of a ‘second career’ within the world of visual art.

avant-garde approach

Much of Chantal Akerman’s pioneering work testifies to her avant-garde approach to the medium she employs. Features of her distinctive personal style are long shots, frontal camera positioning and wide frames, enabling her to put forward a new interpretation of time and space. Akerman’s works embody history, memories, lives that seem normal but are not. They display an “almost tactile sense of what it is like to observe from a respectful distance, the people and places they record”.

international art world

The international art world quickly recognized the remarkable quality of Akerman’s visual work. A series of exhibitions in renowned museums followed, including Walker Art Center (1995), Jeu de Paume, Paris (1995), Documenta XI, Kassel (2002) and M HKA, Antwerp (2012). Akerman also took part in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2015.

  • Hotel Monterey (1972) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Marcher à côté de ses lacets dans un frigidaire vide (2004) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • D'Est, au bord de la Fiction (1995) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Marcher à côté de ses lacets dans un frigidaire vide (2004) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

  • Tombée de nuit du Shanghai (2007-2009) (c Studio Hans Wilschut)

publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication with texts by Chantal Akerman herself, supplemented with essays by Cyril Béghin, Dana Linssen and Roos van der Lint. 

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film programme

To accompany the exhibition Chantal Akerman - Passages, Eye presents a programme with films and guests in its cinemas. Akerman's most influential feature films and documentaries will be screened, films whose images and sequences recur in the installations of the exhibition, as well as a documentary about the filmmaker.

Guests will examine different aspects of Akerman's work during special thematic evenings. The below video interview was a preview Spatializing Cinema, where Claire Atherton, editor and artistic collaborator of Chantal Akerman, talked about their years of collaboration.

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registration lecture Patricia Pisters: Be Pretty and Shut Up!

During the special Be Pretty and Shut Up!, University of Amsterdam Professor of Film Studies Patricia Pisters focuses on the life and work of Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990), star of Akerman's Jeanne Dielman and a major feminist figure in the 1970s who directed a number of feminist films.

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The focus on Akerman's cinematographic work is also part of the film programme Women Make Film, featuring the best films made by female directors.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Chantal Akerman Foundation & Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, London, New York.

Marian Goodman Gallery

Film screenings are made possible with the help of Cinémathèque royale de Belgique.

Cinematek

The exhibition is made possible by:

Agenda

Thursday, 9 Jul 2020

Friday, 10 Jul 2020

  • 13:30
    10 Jul 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

Saturday, 11 Jul 2020

  • 10:30
    11 Jul 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

  • 19:15
    14 Jul 2020
    L.A. Tea Time
    film

    L.A. Tea Time

    Sophie Bédard Marcotte, CA 2019

    What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go...

    with introduction by art historian Marian Cousijn (in English)

Thursday, 16 Jul 2020

  • 16:00
    16 Jul 2020
    Toute une nuit
    film

    Toute une nuit

    Chantal Akerman, BE 1982

    Akermans own midsummer night's sex comedy. Toute une nuit sees Akerman employing her...

Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020

Thursday, 23 Jul 2020

  • 19:00
    23 Jul 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    film

    D'Est

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE 1993

    Akerman's masterful, meandering travelogue documents the filmmaker's long trip through "the East,"...

Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

  • 19:15
    28 Jul 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    lecture

    My Life With Chantal

    lecture, NL 2020

    Lecture by Eric de Kuyper, filmmaker, author and former deputy director of the Filmmuseum. He talks...

  • 21:00
    28 Jul 2020
    Demain on déménage
    film

    Demain on déménage

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2004

    Largely confined to a cramped Brussels duplex, Akerman's stylized musical comedy stars Sylvie Testud...

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

Monday, 3 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    3 Aug 2020
    Les rendez-vous d'Anna
    film

    Les rendez-vous d'Anna

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE/DE 1978

    A nomadic filmmaker (and Akerman alter ego) is travelling through Europe to promote her new film. One...

Tuesday, 4 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    4 Aug 2020
    Sud
    film

    Sud

    Chantal Akerman, BE/FR 1999

    Akerman's searing documentary about systemic racist violence in the American South is, sadly, as...

Friday, 7 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    7 Aug 2020
    Demain on déménage
    film

    Demain on déménage

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2004

    Largely confined to a cramped Brussels duplex, Akerman's stylized musical comedy stars Sylvie Testud...

Monday, 10 Aug 2020

  • 19:00
    10 Aug 2020
    La captive
    film

    La captive

    Chantal Akerman, FR/BE 2000

    Simon develops an obsession for his friend Ariane, who willingly becomes his ‘captive’ in a timeless, ...

Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    13 Aug 2020
    Je, tu, il, elle
    film

    Je, tu, il, elle

    Chantal Akerman, BE/FR 1974

    Akerman's stunning narrative feature debut about a young woman who searches for love and self-...

Friday, 14 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    14 Aug 2020
    Toute une nuit
    film

    Toute une nuit

    Chantal Akerman, BE 1982

    Akermans own midsummer night's sex comedy. Toute une nuit sees Akerman employing her...

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    18 Aug 2020
    Chantal Akerman Passages
    film compilation

    Tombée de nuit sur Shanghaï

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2007

    The skyline of Shanghai at night as seen through Chantal Akerman’s camera. She films the soulless...

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

  • 14:00
    19 Aug 2020
    Un jour Pina a demandé
    film

    Un jour Pina a demandé

    Chantal Akerman, FR 1983

    An extraordinary encounter between two of the greatest artists of their time — Akerman and legendary...

Friday, 21 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    21 Aug 2020
    De l'autre côté
    film

    De l'autre côté

    Chantal Akerman, FR 2002

    More timely than ever, this sensitive portraiture of illegal Mexican immigrants, a fecund sense of...

Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020

  • 16:30
    26 Aug 2020
    No Home Movie
    film

    No Home Movie

    Chantal Akerman, BE 2015

    Chantal Akerman recorded her mother’s final days: the routine of an invisible woman. A deeply moving...

Sunday, 30 Aug 2020

  • 19:15
    30 Aug 2020
    L.A. Tea Time
    film

    L.A. Tea Time

    Sophie Bédard Marcotte, CA 2019

    What do you do as a young female filmmaker in Quebec if you’re not sure what direction to take? You go...

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