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Progressive Art Production, 1969 - 1972

25 - 29 Jan 2017

Progressive Art Production, 1969 - 1972
25 January – 29 January 2017

Curated by François Bovier & Balthazar Lovay, with the participation of the graphic designers Clément Chavanne and Alexis Hominal.

In 1969, Karlheinz Hein launches P.A.P. (Progressive Art Production), a commercial initiative based in Munich and dedicated to experimental cinema. A genre that is thriving, but is not yet integrated in the art market. P.A.P intends to seize this opportunity and takes part in art fairs and promote a catalogue, for instance at Art Basel in 1970, 1971 and 1972. Hein, joined later by Dieter Meier, won’t meet success. Their program was based on a demanding selection, and the movies come from the underground culture. The art market didn’t show enough interest in P.A.P. ‘s catalogue.

Nowadays, as experimental cinema has found a place in the art world and when any gallery roster promotes an experimental filmmaker, Fri Art, with the help of François Bovier, wish to commit with a tribute to this « Filmgalerie ». Unpublished archival documents are shown with a selection of films by the filmmakers such as Kurt Kren, Takahiko Iimura, HHK Schoenherr or Paul Sharits, among others.


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François Bovier, Balthazar Lovay, Sylvain Menétrey, Dan Solbach (éds), 2017

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Revolver Publishing


Malcolm Le Grice, Little Dog for Roger (1968) 13 min.

Stephen Dwoskin, Me Myself and I (1967) 18 min.

Stephen Dwoskin, Alone (1963) 13 min.

Kurt Kren, 8/64 Ana - Action Brus (1964) 2 min.

Kurt Kren, 6/64 Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Mühl) (1964) 4 min.

Kurt Kren, 7/64 Leda und der Schwan (1964) 3 min.

Kurt Kren, 10/65 Selbstverstümmelung (1965) 5 min.

Kurt Kren, 3/60 Bäume im Herbst (1960) 5 min.

Paul Sharits, Piece Mandala / End War (1966) 5 min.

Paul Sharits, T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, (1968) 12 min.

Takahiko Iimura, Ai (Love) (1962-3) 10 min.

Marc Adrian, Black Movie II (1959) 4 min.

Marc Adrian, Random (1963) 5 min.

Marc Adrian, Text I (1963), 3 min. et Text II (1964) 3 min.

Wilhelm et Birgit Hein, Rohfilm (1968) 20 min.

HHK Schoenherr, Play 2-3 (1969) 15 min.

Carolee Schneemann, Fuses (1964-66) 30 min.

Tags: Marc Adrian, Dieter Meier, Otto Mühl, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits