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07.12.13—09:45    Art & Cinema: On the Aesthetics, History, and Theory of the Art Documentary KASKcinema symposium

Tijdens het Engelstalig Art & Cinema symposium laten gerenommeerde specialisten uit Europa en de VS hun licht schijnen over de esthetica, geschiedenis en theorie van de kunstdocumentaire. De lezingen worden aangevuld met vertoningen van enkele sleutelwerken. Dit symposium is een initiatief van prof. Steven Jacobs (UGent) in samenwerking met VDFC, CINEMATEK en KASK- cinema. Het event is gratis maar gelieve uw aanwezigheid te melden voor 1 december aan

At the occasion of the release of the DVD-box and publication Art & Cinema: Belgian Art Documentaries (Cinematek 2013), a single-day symposium at KASKcinema deals with the aesthetics, history, and theory of the art documentary.
Special attention goes to experimental art films of the 1940s and 1950s, which turned the contemplation of art into a thrilling cinematic experience and also offered new models of art historical scholarship. In addition, in the 1940s and 1950s, the motif of the artist at work acquired importance in the light of new artistic currents such as lyrical abstraction or action painting, which favored energetic brushwork and focused on the physical act of painting.
These issues are dealt with in this symposium that focuses on seminal postwar art films by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Luc De Heusch, Luciano Emmer, Paul Haesaerts, and John Read among others. In addition, this symposium also gives attention to Hans Cürlis’ early experiments of the 1920s as well as more recent art films by Bruce Conner and Peter Greenaway.


9:45 Welcome and Introduction
10:00 LECTURE-SCREENING: Belgian Mid-Twentieth-Century Art Films
Steven Jacobs (Ghent University)
10:30 SCREENING: Thèmes d’inspiration (Charles De Keukeleire, 1939, 9’)
10:40 SCREENING: Visite à Picasso (Paul Haesaerts, 1950, 20’)
11:00 LECTURE: André Bazin and Clouzot’s The Picasso Mystery: Art and Science
Angela Dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology)
11:30 Coffee Break
11:50 SCREENING: L'esperienza del cubismo (Glauco Pellegrini, 1949, 10’)
SCREENING: Racconto da un affresco (Luciano Emmer, 1941, 5’)
SCREENING: Carpaccio (Umberto Barbaro & Roberto Longhi, 1947, 5’)
Introduced by Paola Scremin (in French)
12:25 Lunch Break
14:00 SCREENING: Calligraphie japonaise (Pierre Alechinsky, 1956, 15’)
Introduced by Leen Vanderschueren
14:20  SCREENING: Magritte, ou la leçon des choses (Luc de Heusch, 1960, 14’)
Introduced by Laura Bonne
14:40 LECTURE: Henry Moore by John Read
John Wyver (University of Westminster)
15:10 SCREENING: A Sculptor’s Landscape (John Read, 1957, 27’)
15:40 Coffee Break
16:00 LECTURE: Bruce Conner’s The White Rose (1967)
Susan Felleman (University of South Carolina)
16:30 SCREENING: The White Rose (Bruce Conner, 1967, 7’)
16:40 LECTURE: Peter Greenaway’s Rembrandt’s J’accuse (2008)
Brigitte Peucker (Yale University)
17:10 SCREENING: Films from the series Schaffende Hände (Hans Cürlis, 1920s)
Introduced by Lisa Colpaert (School of Arts, University College Ghent)
18:00 End of Symposium

The symposium Art & Cinema is part of a research project at the School of Arts (KASK), University College Ghent on film and the visual arts supervised by Prof. Dr. Steven Jacobs (Ghent University). It is organized in collaboration with Vlaamse Dienst voor Filmcultuur (VDFC), Cinematek Brussels, KASKcinema, and the Department of Art-, Music- and Theater Studies, Ghent University.

For the DVD-box and booklet on Art & Cinema: Belgian Art Documentaries, see

beeld: Henri Storck during the shooting of La Fenêtre ouverte (1952)

  • KASKcinema i.s.m. prof. Steven Jacobs (UGent), VDFC, CINEMATEK
  • Godshuizenlaan 4, 9000 Gent, gratis