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Master of Light – Robby Müller

4 June through 4 September 2016

In the summer of 2016 EYE presents Master of Light - Robby Müller: Cinematographer of Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier and Steve McQueen. For this large exhibition, Robby Müller, the most famous Dutch cinematographer, will open up his personal archive. Müller is internationally renowned for his pioneering camerawork and virtuoso lighting effects.

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Björk dancing in a factory, Johnny Depp floating seawards in a canoe, and Nastassja Kinski wearing a bright-red top: cameraman Robby Müller is responsible for these and countless other memorable film moments from modern classics like Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dead Man, Down by Law, Barfly, 24 Hour Party People and Paris, Texas. Large video projections highlight the visual ingenuity and emotional complexity of Müller’s images in the exhibition, which also features items from his private archive. Also included are interviews with Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Jim Jarmusch, who discuss their collaboration with Müller and select and talk about a number of typical Müller scenes.

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His personal archive consists of countless videotapes on which Müller has recorded his life in a diary-like manner. Besides these moving images, Müller’s archive contains dozens of splendid Polaroid photographs, letters and notes from directors with whom he has worked, original scenarios and photographs of sets. A carefully chosen selection of this material is being compiled, and will be complemented by significant excerpts from films shot by Müller. EYE is inviting a number of directors who have worked with Müller to select shots and scenes that, in their view, capture the essence of Müller’s artistry.

Attention: this exhibition was on display from 4 June through 4 September 2016.

A Tale of Hidden Histories

Chia-Wei HSU, Drones, Frosted Bats and the Testimony of the Deceased, four-channel video installation, 3’40 ~ 8’40’’, 2017 © Chia-Wei HSU

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  • Photo: Hans Wilschut

  • Photo: Hans Wilschut

  • Dead Man (1995), Jim Jarmusch

  • Der amerikanische Freund (1977), Wim Wenders

  • Robby Müller - Santa Fe New Mexico (1985), Polaroid camera SX-70, courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery

  • Robby Müller - Baywater Hotel, during Down by Law, New Orleans (1985), Polaroid 600, courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery


Accompanying the exhibition are two small publications, in a cardboard box, about Robby Müller’s polaroids: Interiors and Exteriors. With essays by Bianca Stigter, designed by Mevis & Van Deursen, published by EYE in collaboration with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, and Annet Gelink Galerie, Amsterdam.

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“Robby Müller has no recognizable style, yet you still sense his indefinable flair, a sort of melancholy or nostalgia. Think of cameramen as songwriters. You recognize a singer straight away, but not a songwriter.” (Hoyte van Hoytema, cameraman on Let the Right One In, Spectre and Interstellar)

EYE film theatres are also highlighting the films shot by Robby Müller with the ‘the big three’: Wenders, Von Trier and Jarmusch. The essence of his body of work lies in kinship: “I carefully chose who can be a kindred spirit”. Wenders was such a soulmate, and Müller shot almost all his films in the 1970s and ’80s. The early works by Wenders have recently been restored and are now being screened again in the Netherlands for the first time in years. A number of Müller’s lesser-known productions are also being screened, among them Die linkshändige Frau, Saint Jack and the short films that he shot in the Netherlands in the 1960s. Various screenings are introduced by staff who assisted on his films and by experts on his work.

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