Marianna Simnett

17.05.2024 to 03.11.2024
Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Marianna Simnett’s WINNER is a multichannel film installation, conceived as a three-act dance for film told through the lens of football. It is commissioned on the occasion of the 2024 European Football Championship, hosted by Germany.

WINNER echoes the dramaturgy of the game and dissects its socially constructed power hierarchies, crowd psychology, and constant pressure to perform. Through the element of dance, the work restages and radically transforms football’s most impassioned moments: elation and triumph, brutality and ferocity, suffering and defeat.

Set on a football pitch, the film is adapted from the 1954 short story The Destructors by Graham Greene. An extraordinary group of dancers morphs between hooligans and footballers. The plot pivots around the group’s destruction of a magical-realist house of cards, owned by a former referee whose decisions are paramount to the winning and losing of a game. Presiding over the action and chanting from the stands are a chorus of baby Ultra fans, voiced by the American singer and performer Lydia Lunch.

Simnett’s vivid hallucinatory world extends beyond the screen into the exhibition space, subverting the architecture of football and transporting it into the museum. Upon entering a long tunnel, alluding to the womb-like passage that footballers run through before beginning the game, viewers will be met with a choreography of images which travel around the room, interrupted by melancholic songs about winning.

Written and Directed by: Marianna Simnett
Producer: Sybella Stevens
Executive Producer: Jannis Birsner
Production: VERS
Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan, BSC
Second Unit Director of Photography: Leander Ott
Production Designer: Sebastian Soukup
VSK Editor: Bobby Good
Choreographer: Ben Duke
Co-Choreographer: Liam Francis
Costume Designer: Charlotte Buchal
Makeup Artist: Kenny Campbell
Hair Stylist: Ruby Howes
Sound Designed and Mixed by: Brendan Feeney / Wave Studios
Music, Original Tracks by: Bendik Giske

The Artist Marianna Simnett

Marianna Simnett’s (b. 1986 in London, UK; lives and works in Berlin) multidisciplinary artistic approach brings together film, dance, and music in this bold and fantastical deconstruction of football and its impact on society.

Exhibition Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is the sixth edition of the Hamburger Bahnhof catalog series, published by Silvana Editoriale Milano.


The exhibition is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Directors of Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, and Charlotte Knaup, curator at Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart.

The exhibition is a contribution to the art and culture programme for UEFA EURO 2024 and is supported by the Stiftung Fußball & Kultur EURO 2024 gGmbH with federal funds.

A special exhibition by the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart
© Kulturprojekte Berlin, photo: Alex Rentsch

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