01.04.2021 The film portrait Michael Schmidt – Grenzwanderung (in German) will be made available as a free stream on Easter weekend 2021 in conjunction with the major retrospective on the Berlin photographer Michael Schmidt that was shown at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
The film portrait Michael Schmidt – Grenzwanderung (in German) will be made available as a free stream on Easter weekend 2021 in conjunction with the major retrospective on the Berlin photographer Michael Schmidt that was shown at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Olaf Klußmann’s 38-minute film documentary Michael Schmidt – Grenzwanderungen from 1989–2020 looks at the work of the Berlin artist during the period from 1964 to 1988. Schmidt reflects on his creative phases, offers insight into his artistic methods, and talks about role models and the influence of US photography on his work.
The film also traces Schmidt’s explorations of his “work space of Berlin,” which ceased to exist in the form he knew it shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important figures in the art world comment on Schmidt’s art, from the early photographs in his first publications to his nationally and internationally acclaimed series of works Waffenruhe / Ceasefire.
The special exhibition Michael Schmidt – Retrospective: Photographs, 1965 – 2014 could only be shown on a limited basis from 23 August to 1 November 2020 at Hamburger Bahnhof because of the corona pandemic and was seen by about 60,000 visitors. The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive.
In addition to the film stream, other video formats on current exhibitions can also be viewed on the Hamburger Bahnhof website. The young Chinese painter Xinyi Cheng, winner of the Baloise Art Prize in 2019, takes visitors on a tour through her exhibition The Horse with Eye Blinders. Also available is the exhibition film about the installation Self Portrait as clone of Jeanne D’Arc by American artist Bunny Rogers.
You can find an overview of all the online offers provided by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin at: www.smb.museum/online-offers.
Exhibition Catalogue for Michael Schmidt – Retrospective