Expected in 2019
Andrei Tarkovski (13 September – 6 December 2019)
The Russian filmmaker and mystic Andrei Tarkovski (Solaris, Stalker, Nostalgia) believed that art had to explain the meaning of life. Beyond the suffocating straitjacket of social-realist Soviet cinema, Tarkovski (1932–1986) managed to create a distinctive body of work in which he sketches human existence as a spiritual quest. In his work, he intertwines dreams and memories, the present and the past. The retrospective exhibition at Eye features fragments from his films on large screens. Also included is material from Tarkovski’s private archive that has never previously been shown. Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive programme of films, talks and events in the cinemas. Eye also holds the distribution rights to a number of Tarkovski’s films.
Francis Alÿs (winter 2019-2020 - opening 18 December)
Solo exhibition by artist-filmmaker Francis Alÿs, the winner of the fourth Eye Art & Film Prize. Born in Belgium in 1959, Alÿs trained as an architect and has lived in Mexico City since 1986. He started to record daily life in the city on film while on his many walks. Alÿs draws on a distinctive poetic and imaginative sensitivity to observe and question political and social realities – such as national borders and conflict zones. As one of the leading artists of his generation, Alÿs has compiled a complex and varied body of work that comprises video, painting, performance, drawing and photography.