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Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (SU 1983)
Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia (SU 1983)

Exhibtion, films, talks & events

Andrei Tarkovsky

The Exhibition

exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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.

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.

exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

“A cathedral of Andrei Tarkovsky... provides ample space for mystical experiences.”

NRC Handelsblad, *****

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.

exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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.

“...An experience, as unfiltered as possible, of the films and their images... a wealth of archival material... the poetry of Tarkovsky effectively on the surface... Beautiful, pleasantly earthy images...”

De Volkskrant

exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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’.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Larisa Tarkovskaya and Dak, Myasnoye (1981, Soviet Union) (polaroid)
Andrei Tarkovsky, Larisa Tarkovskaya and Dak, Myasnoye (1981, Soviet Union) (polaroid)

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 mementoes of Tarkovsky’s personal and professional life have been made available by Tarkovsky’s son Andrei Andrejevich Tarkovsky.

Take a virtual tour through the exhibition:

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exhibition interior Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

“...You almost wish that the exhibition and the films could be visited permanently. You will not easily find better reflections on our most essential questions in cinema.”

VPRO/Cinema.nl

Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker (SU 1979)
Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker (SU 1979)

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.

Podcast: Tarkovski in zes lezingen by Otto Boele

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

Listen to the lectures as a podcast series

The art magazine Kunstschrift has published a special issue devoted to Tarkovsky.

credits

Andrei Tarkovsky - The Exhibition is curated by Jaap Guldemond in collaboration with Marente Bloemheuvel. We especially thank Andrei A. Tarkovsky for his contribution to the exhibition. All documents and photographs in the exhibition are on loan from the collection of Andrei Tarkovsky Archive, Florence.

Director of exhibitions / Curator

Jaap Guldemond

Associate curator

Marente Bloemheuvel

Project managers

Sanne Baar, Claartje Opdam, Judith Öfner, Giulia Di Pietro

Graphic design

Joseph Plateau, Amsterdam

Technical production

Rembrandt Boswijk, Indyvideo, Utrecht; Martijn Bor

Audiovisual equipment

BeamSystems, Amsterdam, Indyvideo, Utrecht

Installation

Syb Sybesma, Amsterdam

Light

Studio Warmerdam, Amsterdam

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