Eye Filmmuseum reopens with a solo exhibition of the installation work of Chantal Akerman (1950-2015). She was one of the first film directors who made the switch to visual art. Akerman rose to fame in the 1970s as an avant-garde filmmaker, and midway through the 1990s she discovered the possibilities of the art gallery. In 1995 she created a large spatial installation on 25 monitors based on D’Est (1993), a film she originally made as a documentary. This marked the start of her ‘second career’ within the world of visual art.
Chantal Akerman: Passages features eight of her film installations. In addition to D’Est, au bord de la fiction (1995), these include a.o. In the Mirror (1971-2007), Woman Sitting after a Killing (2001), Marcher à côté de ses lacets dans un frigidaire vide (2004), Tombée de nuit sur Shanghai (2007-2008) and her final work NOW (2015).
To accompany the exhibition, Eye presents a programme with films and guests, such as a talk between Claire Atherton and critic Dana Linssen (July 3) and a lecture by Eric de Kuyper (July 28). On Sabzian, you can read a text by and two interviews with de Kuyper on Akerman, and her voice-over (FR/NL) for the separate 25th monitor of D'Est, among many other articles.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication with texts by Akerman herself, supplemented with essays by Cyril Béghin, Dana Linssen and Roos van der Lint. You can order this English-language publication via Eye’s online shop.
Chantal Akerman: Passages runs from June 1 to August 30.