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From Beuys to Viola

50 years of art history / 100 artist portraits

NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

8 - 11 April 2010


The exhibition "From Joseph Beuys to Bill Viola" (curator: Ralph Goertz) at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf was at the same time the opening of the IKS - Institute for Art Documentation, which was founded by Ralph Goertz in 2009 and presented 100 artist portraits from 50 years of art history. In addition to films about Joseph Beuys and Bill Viola, cinematographic documents on Robert Longo, Isa Genzken, John Baldessari, Liam Gillick, Gary Hill, Candida Höfer, and James Turrell were presented. Also the latest film production on internationally known painter "Konrad Klapheck - Mein Leben" was premiered in the presence of the artist.



Konrad Klapheck



Dpa / by Gerd Korinthenberg (excerpt)

At the NRW-Forum will be shown the cinematic exhibition "From Joseph Beuys to Bill Viola" as the opening of the largest artists' film archive in Germany. The already collected 130 documentaries from more than 50 years of art history makes the "IKS - Institute for Art Documentation" the largest media archive of the fine arts in Germany, said director Ralph Goertz on Wednesday. With the presentation of about 100 films under the title "From Joseph Beuys to Bill Viola", the new archive will be presented to the public until Sunday like the TV-interviews of Beuys, as well as the art-actions of the legendary "Sprayers of Zurich", or talks in the studios of the photographer Andreas Gursky and the painter Jörg Immendorff. "The viewer should know what kind of man is behind the art," the head of the IKS describes the purpose of the documentation. "When an artist talks about his art in front of the camera, this is an important source of art history."





WELT / by Anne Heidrich

Behind the pictures (excerpt)

130 documentary from 50 years: one of the largest media archives of art shows collection

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has a film from this archive, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and the K20: the filmmaker and cultural manager Ralph Goertz wants to open the collection of 130 film documentaries from more than 50 years of art history to the public. With the exhibition "From Joseph Beuys to Bill Viola", the "Institute for Art Documentation" (IKS) will be present at NRW-Forum from April 8th on. For the past 16 years, the 39-year-old Goertz has filmed with his camera when artists are working, filming pots and brushes, installations and exhibition openings - and always the person behind the works. "It's about the fact that one can look behind the pictures with the help of the cinematic documentation," he says. As the only institution in Germany, the "IKS - Institute for Art Documentation" wants to create a bridge between documentation, mediation and art marketing, explains Goertz. (...) The opening of the evening is a film documentary about the work of the painter Konrad Klapheck, who became famous with his "machine pictures".





All installation photos: Dirk Rose © IKS-Medienarchiv

Films © IKS-Medienarchiv

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