|After the exhibition Voilà in 2000, a retrospective of Jonas Mekas archives, the museum proposes new projects of the artist. Born in Lithuania, living in New York since 1949, Jonas Mekas made his name filming his neighborhood in Brooklyn, the meeting place of European expatriates. Increasing the shots, he elaborates, a new cinema/film genre: "the diary-film", based on the absence of production, without adaptation of the subject, of time, of place. |
For the exhibition, Jonas Mekas presents three new works:
Travels, five movies 16mm transferred in DVD, realized in Avila, in Assisi, in Italia, in Moscow and in Stockholm.
To Petrarca who walked over the hills of Provence constitutes "a sound diary" of 51 snatches, recorded on different occasions. It echoes to the "diary-film" *.
Dedication to Fernand Léger, tributes to a Fernand Léger project of 1933. >From personal archives the artist realized a 24 hours movie about the life of an ordinary couple.
In the annex of the permanent collections (ground floor of the museum) is presented My Night Life. This work, in 20 panels, is the diary of the dreams he re-transcribed from July 1978 to July 1979 and for what he entrusts the illustrations to Auguste Varkalis (painter, musician and film-maker, born in Lituania).
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