Press Release from Asifa Int’l
“Animated Films from Germany”, a new touring exhibition and film show has opened its world tour in Israel. After a month at The Israel Cartoon Museum, Holon, the exhibition is about to move on to Ankara, Turkey, where it will open on May 26. It will open in Riga, Latvia, on September 3, 2010 and in Vilnius, Lithuania, on October 1, 2010.
The exhibition’s curator, Albrecht Ade, describes it in its excellent catalogue as “a status report on present trends in the world of German art animation film. It focuses on typical and successful recent German productions….bringing together films that are polar opposites – classic drawn cartoon and puppet animations on the one hand and photorealistic computer animations on the other”.
Artwork and samples out of the creative process by 19 contemporary German artists are on display, while the films these were made for are screened on Blu-ray in loops. All 170 min of them.
Among the artwork and films exhibited are Isabela Plucinska’s “Jam Session” and “Esterhazy”; Johannes Weiland’s “Annie & Boo”; Jochen Kuhn’s “Sunday 1”; Derek Roczen’s “Bear’s Bride” and Andreas Hykade’s “The Runt”.
Hykade was a guest of honor at the exhibition’s opening and at the Holon’s Cinematheque screening, where he gave a brief talk about German animation and ran an informative, fun Q&A. During the week before the opening he ran an exciting workshop at Shenkar art school, Ramat Gan, and presented a retrospective of his films in Holon, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The exhibition was organized by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Stuttgart, Germany (www.ifa.de ) and the Goethe Institut Tel Aviv. It is the 4th touring German animation exhibition organized by IFA since 1985.