In 1951 Joris Ivens met Pablo Picasso during a visit to his atelier in Vaucluses. Marion Michelle made a series of photos of them, together with poet Jacques Prévert, which are on display at the exhibition about 'Picasso: Shared and Divided' in Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 September 2021-30 January 2022). After the Second World War Picasso was 'a hero of the left' and used in this way. His dove, symbol for world peace, became a tool for propaganda in the Eastern Bloc. What do we as­so­ci­ate with Pab­lo Pi­cas­so today? And what as­so­ci­a­tions with him did the divided Ger­man peo­ple have in mind dur­ing the post-war years, when he was at the height of his fame?

Read more: Picasso Shared and Divided: The Artist and His Image in East and West Germany

Dr. Liang Luo (University of Kentucky and board member of the European Foundation Joris Ivens) opens on 3 September the conference ‘Diverse destinations / Destinos diversos. Travel and Cultural Diplomacy in the Mid-Twentieth Century’’ organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with her talk ‘From Paris, Beijing, to Santiago: Joris Ivens and the Poetics and Politics of the Travel Essay Film’. Mrs. Tiziana Panizza will comment Dr. Liang Luo’s Keynote, she is associate professor of the Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen de la Universidad de Chile an dpublished the book Ivens and Chile.

FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Christophe Dupin. 

Read more: Project of a Book on the History of FIAF

The international documentary filmfestival in Lisbon, 'Doc Lisboa', presents a special programme on labour, called 'A Body of Work'. A rather neglected subject in mainstream cinema, because film was exactly ment to escape from the factory, from watching the world of labour and of workers. As part of this programme from 22 October to 3 November the film A Family, a Woman (1976) by Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens is on-line available.

Read more: Doc Lisboa Film Festival presents 'A Family, a Woman'

75 years ago, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. In support of the young republic Joris Ivens filmed in October and November 1945 the boycot actions of maritime workers (the Black Armada) from various nationalities in the harbour of Sydney: Indonesia Calling. On August 26th 2020 the Indonesian ambassador opened in the National Maritime Museum of Australia, situated on Sydney's waterfront, an on-line exhibition about the relationship between Australia, Indonesia and The Netherlands.

Read more: 75 years of Indonesian Independence: On-line exhibition Black Armada

The son of documentary filmmaker Leo Hurwitz created a beautiful website about the films of his father. Most of his unique social documentaries are available on-line now and proof their current value. Joris Ivens used excerpts from Hurwitz’ films in at least four of his documentaries, like the wellknown and shocking ‘looting & shooting’ sequence of policemen against steelworkers on strike in 1993 in Ambridge. 

Read more: Leo Hurwitz' social documentaries on-line

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. 


Read more: Ceremony Order of Friendship Joris Ivens

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