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Räume sprechen lassen
Architektur im Film
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From 5 November 2022 to 5 March 2023, Kunsthalle Bielefeld will be presenting works by Heinz Emigholz, Man Ray and James Welling parallel to the exhibition “Dark Matter. Thomas Ruff, James Welling”, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld will present works by Heinz Emigholz, Man Ray and James Welling. Under the title “Räume sprechen lassen.” (Let rooms speak), the exhibition project in the foyer of the Kunsthalle revolves around the cinematic approach to architecture.

With the establishment of film as a medium in the 1920s, modernist architecture also became a popular subject of film documentaries.

But what does the cinematic image do to the perception of architecture? What possibilities does it open up? Like photography, film always gives a subjective impression of architecture. So who is looking at the buildings here and with what intention? How are they staged on film? What does this do to our impression of architectural icons?

Even early architectural films from the 1920s bear witness to the endeavour not only to fathom the forms of the new buildings, but also to explore the boundaries of the documentary. Three selected short films exemplify the arc from the early years of architectural film to the present. Heinz Emigholz’s (*1948) works, which are located between photography and film, allow the material and character of the depicted spaces to emerge with unusual shooting angles, tilted camera and still images, while James Welling’s (*1951) short films put the buildings into a frenzy of colour and movement.

On Wednesday, 1 February 2023, a film screening of Heinz Emigholz’s work “Le Corbusier (IIIII)/Asgar Jorn (Relief)” will take place at 6pm in the Kunsthalle’s Lecture Hall under the title “Camera View and Reality”. Following the film, Laura Rehme (Kunsthalle Bielefeld) and Daniel Eschkötter (Bielefeld University) will talk to Heinz Emigholz about his work.