On Friday 7 February students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf will see historical footage, films, documentaries and interviews, with among others Regen/Rain (Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken, 1929). Teacher and filmmaker Claudia von Alemann will show her own work and discuss the films of others. The Academy of visual arts at Düsseldorf was itself the filmset of 'Werk ohne Autor' (Never Look Away; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018).
On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
The Vietnamese government honors Joris Ivens posthumously by conferring the Friendship Medal. This award will be presented on Thursday afternoon 16th of January by H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the embassy in The Hague. A family member of Joris Ivens, Annemiek Nooteboom, will receive the medal on behalf of the family.
On Friday 23 October a film crew of Chinese broadcasting (CCTV-9) shoot some footage in Nijmegen for a four-part series on Joris Ivens and China. Prof. Zhang Tong Dao from Beijing University Beida, teacher as well as filmmaker, is the director. Each episode will focus on one of the Chinese films Ivens made between 1938-1988. Dutch filmmaker René Seegers, who made Joris Ivens Old Friend of the Chinese People in 2008, assisted this film crew during the shooting.
Documents and photos from the collectio ...
On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
The NDR-Radiophilharmonie will perform 'Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain' by German composer Hanns Eisler, together with the projection of Ivens' film Regen (1929, Rain) in the Sprengel-Museum in Hannover on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Recently two new books were published in Vietnam about Joris Ivens. The first one describes the life and career of Joris Ivens as a filmmaker with a special focus on Vietnam, the second book is the result of the International Joris Ivens Symposium, held in Hanoi in November 2018. All lectures of Vietnamese filmmakers and friends/assistents of Ivens as well as international film scholars are included.
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
The 28th International Film Festival Innsbruck (Austria) presents an hommage to Joris Ivens commemorating his death thirty years ago, on 28th of June 1989. Three films will be shown between May 28th and June 2nd: The Spanish Earth, Loin de Vietnam and Lied der Ströme. This series is supported by the 'Zukunftsfonds der Republik Osterreich' and the University of Innsbruck.
On 22 and 23 November the International Joris Ivens Symposium in Hanoi brought together a wonderful mix of Vietnamese film veterans, who had collaborated with Joris Ivens and his wife in the 1960s and a group of film scholars from Canada, USA, Indonesia, Australia, France, China and The Netherlands.
The magnificient book of film historian Günter Jordan about Joris Ivens' East-German films, entitled 'Unknown Ivens' ('Unbekannter Ivens') will be presented on 25 November at the legendary UT Connewitz film theater in Leipzig. Next to the lecture by Jordan 'Joris Ivens at DEFA and in the GDR' the films Die Windrose (1958, The Rose Compass) and Rain (1929, Regen) will be shown.
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
On Monday May 28th the VietNam Film Institute presented a new documentary film about Ivens in VietNam at the occassion of a ceremony in Nijmegen celebrating 50 years of solidarity between Nijmegen and VietNam. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of VietNam in The Hague, Mr. Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen, and activists from the 1960s and 70s supporting VietNam, attended this meeting. The theme 'Looking back for a better future' was illustrated with specialists presenting innovative technologies from Nijmegen in nowadays projects in Viet ...
On 16th May 2014 the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, will open two new buildings, the Gropius House and the Moholy House at the Bauhaus in Dessau.
This inauguration will be accompanied by the exhibition 'Dessau 1945' in the Bauhaus building, which will run until 7th September 2014. In this exhibition 32 photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson will be presented as well as parts of Ivens The Spanish Earth. The Bauhaus stands for Modernism, with enormous influences on modern theater, design, architecture, photography and the visual arts. Lees known is the history of Dessau and the Bauhaus between 1933 and 1945.
Early in 2014, the Gropius House/ Director‘s House and the Moholy House – the Bauhaus masters‘ houses that were destroyed on 7th March 1945, towards the end of the Second World War – will be rebuilt in an abstracted form according to designs by BFM architects
from Berlin. This will fill a gap in the ensemble of Bauhaus buildings and restore a missing piece to the world cultural heritage site while referring, in the abstracted architecture of the reconstructions, to the destruction in the meantime. The exhibition aims to serve as a reminder, in conjunction with the repair of the war damage, of the situation and the circumstances of the buildings‘ destruction. The repair of the ensemble with new buildings reminiscent of the originals aims to remedy the damage and disfigurement, resulting from bombing in March 1945, of what is now a world cultural heritage site. In this context, it seems appropriate to refer to significant, related aspects of its history. The bombs that fell on the master house ensemble are connected with historical developments that reveal the Janus-faced legacy of modernism in Dessau. From the mid-Thirties onwards, the Bauhaus villas were mainly occupied by senior managers at the Junkers works (among them Karlheinz Kindermann, a test pilot) and in 1939 they were all sold to the Junkers works. From time to time, the masters‘ houses were penetrated by the intense odour of fumes from a nearby sugar refinery, where the pesticide Cyclon B had been manufactured from waste products since the middle of the 1920s. Junkers planes were used in German air attacks in Spain (such as that on Guernica in 1937), the Netherlands and Poland, and in the first terror bombings of civilians during the Second World War. Tens of thousands of forced labourers were exploited by the arms industry in Dessau during the Second World War. Military equipment was manufactured in the workshops where, over ten years previously, prototypes for tubular steel furniture and other Bauhaus designs had been made. Towards the end of the war, Dessau itself suffered from big air raids.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dessau April 1945. © Fondation Cartier-Bresson.
The documentary photographs by Henri Cartier- Bresson refer to these events in an artistic way. The exhibition should feature the 32 prints that are available from this series, as well as an excerpt from his film „The Return” (1944-45). In the spring of 1945, Cartier-Bresson recorded the repatriation of foreign forced labourers in photographs and on film. He had been a prisoner of war in Germany himself from 1940 to 1943 and had been forced to perform manual labour. He had managed to escape and had subsequently joined the French resistance as a photographer. At the end of the war, he wanted to create a documentary record of the repatriation of French forced labourers and prisoners of war; while preparations were being made, he was commissioned to do so by the American Office of Information. The main part of Cartier-Bresson‘s photographic reportage covers Dessau, where the American and Soviet forces met at the River Elbe in the spring of 1945. In the compensation process that took place between 2000 and 2007, former forced labourers gave testimony in support of their claims of exploitation. These forty-odd testimonies and previously unpublished video interviews with contemporary eyewitnesses are kept in the Dessau city archive; excerpts from them are to be published in connection with the exhibition.
The use of the master house ensemble by the Junkers works will also be addressed.
In particular, the exhibition will comprise the following sections:
1. Henri Cartier Bresson: On show in the basement will be the 32 photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson that are available on loan, together with an excerpt from his documentary film.
2. Dessau 1945. On the first floor of the workshop wing, the research done for „D essau 1945“ will be presented as a factual exhibition (not air-conditioned). The following sections are planned: The use of the Bauhaus buildings (main Bauhaus building and the masters‘ houses) from the closure of the Bauhaus in 1932 until roughly the end of 1945:
Departure/ expulsion of the Bauhaus.
Use by Nazi institutions, Junkers works.
Transitional use in the aftermath of war in 1945
Bauhaus members during the Third Reich.
Statistical analysis: emigrated, were murdered, stayed, participated
Representative biographies in cooperation with the DFG research project by Prof. Droste / Prof. Rössler
Arms production at the Junkers works (and possibly other) manufacturing facilities.
Types of military equipment produced, quantity, places of deployment
Excerpts from German propaganda films featuring them in action
Representative eyewitness accounts of them in action (aerial warfare) from different countries
Also Cyclon B: how much was used and where Forced labour in the Junkers works and possibly other forced labour sites, accommodation and places of work, statistics, working conditions and living conditions.
Motives, strategic planning, objectives, operations, mapping, eyewitness accounts, possibly photos
The goal is a parallel mapping of these processes as a tableau, without constructing causal relationships, or interpreting connections beyond the given facts, (e.g. Junkers test pilot residing in the director‘s house). Direktorenhaus).
Curator: Prof. Philipp Oswalt; Project-management: Sandra Giegler; Research: Dr. Andreas Butter, Berlin/Dessau, Dr. Frank Kreißler, Dessau, Dr. Bernd Ulbrich, Thomas Tode, Dr. Katharina Ahr; Exhibition design/graphics: 1 kilo/Basel, Stefan Haslbeck; Partners: Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson (Paris), Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau.
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau, Tel. +49 (0) 0340-6508-250