Marcel Dzama

Feb 22nd – Apr 6th, 2015
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Copyright Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

UNE DANSE DES BOUFFONS (A JESTER'S DANCE), the new film by Canadian artistMarcel Dzama (born 1974, lives and works in New York), will be shown at KW Projects from February 22, 2015.

Created in 2013 for the Toronto International Film Festival as a tribute to David Cronenberg, the nearly 35-minute film is on view for the first time in Germany.

In the film, Dzama reimagines the tragic love story between Marcel Duchamp and Maria Martins (played by Kim Gordon and Hannelore Knuts) as a psychodrama, which renegotiates presupposed polarities of good and evil, love and antipathy, dance and battle, lust and violence. Accompanied by a morbid soundtrack by members of the band Arcade Fire the atmospheric images and surreal characters of this silent film carry the viewers off into anbapparently fictitious fairytale world, full of art historical refe rences. In fact, many scenes are based on well-known images of real violence, leaving us insecure as to how we should perceive and process such distorted pictures of torture, terrorism, corruption and power.

Kindly supported by the Embassy of Canada.

The cultural programs of KW Institute for Contemporary Art are made possible with the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin–Senate Chancellery–Cultural Affairs.

Opening hours

Wed–Mon 12–19 h, Thur 12–21 h, Tue closed

Admission free

About Marcel Dzama

Through his fascinating and immediately identifiable imagery, Dzama (*1974, Winnipeg) explores the wavering relationship between the real and the subconscious.

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