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The VANITY of Allegory – The Film Program


Still from "The Legend of Leigh Bowery" by Charles Atlas, 2002, Photo: Fergus Greer, Courtesy Fergus Greer and Palm Pictures/ Arthouse Films



From Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” to Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” – in Douglas Gordon’s exhibition The VANITY of Allegory, a comprehensive film program constitutes part of the overall work of art.

The artist and the transitory: for his installation The VANITY of Allegory at the Deutsche Guggenheim, the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon combines his own works and those by other artists ranging from Man Ray to Jeff Koons with films from Hollywood and the underground. At the center of the show, which was conceived especially for the Deutsche Guggenheim, is the self-portrait. In his installation, Gordon investigates the intersection between the vanitas image as a testimony to the transience of all life and the self-portrait as an expression of vanity and a means of self-immortalization. In the process, the artist uses art and film history as source material. Douglas combines art works and films to form a visual collage that tells of self-staging and double identity. Already in his video installation Between Darkness and Light (1997), Gordon projected the saint’s biography The Song of Bernadette on one side and the satanic horror film The Exorcist on the other side of the same screen. Good and evil appear as two sides of the same coin.

It’s only fitting that Gordon has set up a special cinema at the Deutsche Guggenheim to show his own selection of films that further explore and illuminate the exhibition theme of The VANITY of Allegory. The spectrum ranges from Hollywood classics such as Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve to a documentary on the British performance artist Leigh Bowery. Upon request, visitors to the exhibition can obtain a personalized admission ticket that guarantees entrance to the exhibition and the extensive film program throughout the course of the show. Additional special events on the theme will accompany the exhibition, which can be been through October 9 at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.


Film Program *

The exhibition’s film program begins on July 16 2005 and is repeated on a bi-weekly basis.

Ows: Original with subtitles
OwEs: Original with English subtitles
Ov: Original version

Week 1
– Beginning on the Saturdays July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24, and October 8 respectively.

Saturday
11:15 a.m. The Searchers, John Ford, 1956, 114 min., Ows
1:30 p.m. Peter Pan, Walt Disney, 1953, 74 min., Ows
3:00 p.m. The Legend Of Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, 2002, 82 min., Ov
4:30 p.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
5:30 p.m. Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi), Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972, 124 min., Ows

Sunday
11:15 a.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney, 1937, 80 min., Ows
1:00 p.m. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rouben Mamoulian, 1931, 92 min., Ov
2:45 p.m. The Damned (La caduta degli dei), Luchino Visconti, 1969, 151 min., Ows
5:30 p.m. A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 131 min., Ows

Monday
11:15 a.m. Apocalypse Now Redux, Francis Ford Coppola, 2001, 194 min., Ows
3:00 p.m. Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick, 1957, 93 min., Ows
5:00 p.m. Joseph Beuys in Scotland, Rory McEwen, 1970, 14 min., Ov
5:30 p.m. Satyricon, Federico Fellini, 1969, 124 min., Ows

Tuesday
11:15 a.m. The Fountainhead, King Vidor, 1949, 114 min., Ov
1:15 p.m. Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 110 min., OwEs
3:15 p.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
4:15 p.m. The Swimmer, Frank Perry, 1968, 91 min., Ows
6:00 p.m. In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), Nagisa Oshima, 1976, 98 min., OwEs

Wednesday
11:15 a.m. All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950, 133 min., Ows
1:45 p.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
2:45 p.m. Andrei Rublev, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969, 175 min., Ows
6:00 p.m. Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968, 95 min., english version

Thursday
11:15 a.m. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Albert Lewin, 1945, 110 min., Ov
1:15 p.m. If...., Lindsay Anderson, 1968, 101 min., Ov
3:15 p.m. The Searchers , John Ford, 1956, 114 min., Ows
5:30 p.m. The Legend of Leigh Bowery , Charles Atlas, 2002, 82 min., Ov
7:15 p.m. The Damned (La caduta degli dei), Luchino Visconti, 1969, 151 min., Ows

Friday
11:15 a.m. Andrei Rublev, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969, 175 min., Ows
2:30 p.m. Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi), Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972, 124 min., Ows
4:45 p.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
5:30 p.m. Joseph Beuys in Scotland, Rory McEwen, 1970, 14 min., Ov
6:00 p.m. Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 110 min., OwEs


Installation view: The Vanity of Allegory at Deutsche Guggenheim, Photo: Eva Maria Ocherbauer

Week 2
– Beginning on the Saturdays July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3, September 17, and October 1 respectively.

Saturday
11:15 a.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
12:00 p.m. All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950, 133 min., Ows
2:30 p.m. The Swimmer, Frank Perry, 1968, 91 min., Ows
4:30 p.m. Apocalypse Now Redux, Francis Ford Coppola, 2001, 194 min., Ows

Sunday
11:15 a.m. The Fountainhead, King Vidor, 1949, 114 min., Ov
1:30 p.m. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Albert Lewin, 1945, 110 min., Ov
3:30 p.m. Satyricon, Federico Fellini, 1969, 124 min., Ows
6:00 p.m. If.... , Lindsay Anderson, 1968, 101 min., Ov

Monday
11:15 a.m. Peter Pan, Walt Disney, 1953, 74 min., Ows
12:45 p.m. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , Rouben Mamoulian, 1931, 92 min., Ov
2:30 p.m. Joseph Beuys in Scotland , Rory McEwen, 1970, 14 min., Ov
3:00 p.m. Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968, 95 min., Ov
4:45 p.m. Andrei Rublev, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969, 175 min., Ows

Tuesday
11:15 a.m. Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 110 min., OwEs
1:30 p.m. Joseph Beuys in Scotland, Rory McEwen, 1970, 14 min., Ov
2:00 p.m. Apocalypse Now Redux, Francis Ford Coppola, 2001, 194 min., Ows
5:30 p.m. A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 131 min., Ows

Wednesday
11:15 a.m. The Searchers, John Ford, 1956, 114 min., Ows
1:30 p.m. Berlin: Dreaming under Water , Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
2:30 p.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney, 1937, 80 min., Ows
14:00 p.m. Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi), Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972, 124 min., Ows
6:15 p.m. The Legend of Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, 2002, 82 min., Ov

Thursday
11:15 a.m. Satyricon, Federico Fellini, 1969, 124 min., Ows
1:45 p.m. All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950, 133 min., Ows
4:15 p.m. If...., Lindsay Anderson, 1968, 101 min., Ov
6:15 p.m. The Picture of Dorian Gra y, Albert Lewin, 1945, 110 min., Ov
8:15 p.m. Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968, 95 min., english version

Friday
11:15 a.m. Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under Water, Rebecca Horn, 1974-75, 40 min., Ov
12:00 p.m. The Damned (La caduta degli dei ), Luchino Visconti, 1969, 151 min., Ows
2:45 p.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney, 1937, 80 min., Ows
4:15 p.m. Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick, 1957, 93 min., Ows
6:00 p.m. In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), Nagisa Oshima, 1976, 98 min., OwEs

Special Events

7/21/2005
7 p.m.
I am Others
Observations by Raimar Stange, critic and curator, on the transitory relationship between “subject” and “individual.” With words by Sören Kierkegaard, Wolfgang Welsch, Brian Holmes and others, as well as sounds by Velvet Underground, Madonna, and Bob Dylan.
Admission: € 6, reduced € 5

8/17/2005
8 p.m.
Lucifer and the Honeybee
Presentation of the films Scorpio Rising and Puce Moment by Kenneth Anger with a talk by Francis McKee, freelance curator and co-author of the exhibition catalogue. McKee illuminates the development of both films, the part they play in Kenneth anger’s overall work, as well as their meaning for the current exhibition.
In English language
Admission: € 6, reduced € 5

9/15/2005
7 p.m.
Persona and Phantasm – Mise en scène und Mise en abîme in the cinema
Gregor Stemmrich, book author and professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden speaks on the directing of actors, lighting design, camera work, and the special device of positing the identity of author and narrator.
Admission: € 6, reduced € 5

8/27/2005
until 2 a.m.
18th Long Night of the Museums
Parallel to the exhibition, the Deutsche Guggenheim is presenting a transformation performance with visitors called “Myself as…” in the Atrium of the Deutsche Bank

Films:
8.00 p.m.: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Albert Lewin, 1945, 110 min., Ov
10.00 p.m.: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rouben Mamoulian, 1931, 92 min., Ov
11.45 p.m.: A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971, 131 min., Ows
Admission to the Long Night of the Museums: € 12, reduced € 8
Ticket reservation at: (030) 20 20 93-11

* Certain films are subject to age restriction and are not suitable for children and minors under the age of 18.

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