The Serpentine Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the film-maker, artist and poet Jonas Mekas (b.1922, Lithuania). A leading figure in modern avant-garde and independent cinema, Mekas has had a remarkable career that spans more than 60 years.... Read More
The Serpentine Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the film-maker, artist and poet Jonas Mekas (b.1922, Lithuania). A leading figure in modern avant-garde and independent cinema, Mekas has had a remarkable career that spans more than 60 years. The Serpentine exhibition will include a collection of new film, video and photographic work, as well as a series of special events curated by the artist.
Mekas's involvement in cinema began shortly after his arrival in New York in 1949, with the writing of his 'Movie Journal' column in the Village Voice, his establishment of Film Culture magazine (where he was editor-in-chief) and his founding of The Film-Makers' Cooperative and the Film-Makers' Cinematheque during the 1950s and 1960s. The Cinematheque later became Anthology Film Archives, one of the world's leading film centres, dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of avant-garde and independent cinema.
Mekas's remarkable work in film and video brings a poet's sensibility to the documentary style. His vision is unique in its ability to capture personal moments of beauty, celebration and joy. Mekas developed his diaristic film style in the 1960s and is best known for his 'film diaries' in which he recorded, with great sensitivity, his day-to-day activities as well as those of many of his peers from the film and arts community in New York. He continues to work in this style and recently completed his 365 Day Project, in which he released a film every day for a year.
Coinciding with the Serpentine Gallery exhibition, BFI Southbank, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, will each present a season of film and video work celebrating Mekas's contribution to cinema