press release

The 1961 film L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year in Marienbad), directed by Alain Resnais, wrote history: more radically than any previous film, Resnais' cinematic adaptation of Alain Robbe-Grillet's avant-garde nouveau roman broke with traditional structures of time, place and causality. This ultramodern pioneering work plays with an artistic language in which the style itself becomes the content alongside geometrical forms, architectural lines and repetitive basic compositional principles. Internationally acclaimed, the Marienbad film not only influenced directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Peter Greenaway, David Lynch and Lars von Trier, but also defined an understanding of art that has affected all artistic areas and one that remains relevant to the present day.

The exhibition Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art, conceived by the Kunsthalle Bremen, demonstrates for the first time how influential the Nouvelle Vague aesthetic that distinguishes the Marienbad film has been on the visual arts and will provide visitors with an understanding of its lasting international relevance. To illustrate this, the Kunsthalle Bremen brought together exceptional international exhibits in video, animation, and installation art, as well as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and architecture which are supplemented by examples from pop culture and fashion from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

Artists represented in the exhibition: Vito Acconci, Kenneth Anger, Richard Artschwager, Eugène Atget, Vanessa Beecroft, Blur & David Mould, Marc Brandenburg, Pablo Bronstein, Pavel Büchler, Giorgio de Chirico, David Claerbout, Paul Delvaux, Kota Ezawa, Patrick Faigenbaum, Laurent Fiévet, Yang Fudong, FORT, Alberto Giacometti, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Marie Harnett, Howard Kanovitz, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Kurt Kranz, Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, Robert Longo, Bruce Nauman, René Magritte, Roman Opałka, Manuel Outumuro, Georges Pierre, Gerhard Richter, Sam Samore, Cindy Sherman, Cerith Wyn Evans