Douglas Gordon, Henry Rebel Drawing and Burning, 2011, Filmstill , (c) Studio lost but found.
Douglas Gordon, k.364, (c) 2010 Studio lost but found.
Douglas Gordon, Play Dead; Real Time, 2003, © MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main Foto: Axel Schneider.
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Douglas Gordon at the MMK
Highlights at the Close
of the Anniversary Year
November 19, 2011-March 25, 2011
Douglas Gordon (b. 1966) is one of the most important and most influential artists of his generation. In addition to the major film and video installations that made Gordon famous, the MMK is also presenting photographs, texts and sculptures. A magnum opus from the MMK collection forms the show’s point of departure: on two freestanding screens, Play Dead: Real Time (2003) projects life-size close-ups of an elephant’s massive body moving through a bright empty space.
Along with photo installations rich in imagery, for example Straight to Hell; No Way Back and very recent additions to the series Self-Portrait of You + Me, the exhibition also presents three further video works by the artist. One of them, his 2006 film on Zinedine Zidane, is installed at the MMK on 17 separate screens for the first time. Each screen shows a different perspective, all of which were shot with high-speed cameras. Gordon and his co-author Philippe Parreno thus created a football portrait of the 21st century.
Gordon completed his work on k.364 in 2010. It is a film about history and the present based on a journey taken by two Israeli musicians who perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (KV 364). The two musicians’ conversations on their way from Berlin to Warsaw reveal that their pasts, and those of their parents, are complexly interwoven with German-Polish relations, and above all with the history of the Polish Jews during World War II.
Another work premiering at the MMK is the video installation Henry Rebel Drawing, executed in collaboration with the young actor Henry Hopper, the son of Dennis Hopper. It is shown in the central hall of the museum on two screens placed one above the other. The subject is an improvised performance on the existential states of a teenage rebel’s emotional outburst and vulnerability.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006, Film still courtesy Anna Lena Films & Naflastrengir.