MoMA Film to Present VIENNA UNVEILED: A CITY IN CINEMA, 2/27-4/20

Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema will be held in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams, and features guest appearances by VALIE EXPORT and Jem Cohen.

Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema
February 27-April 20, 2014
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, The Museum of Modern Art presents a major collaborative exhibition exploring Vienna as a city both real and mythic throughout the history of cinema. With additional contributions from the Filmarchiv Austria, the exhibition focuses on Austrian and German Jewish émigrés-including Max Ophuls, Erich von Stroheim, and Billy Wilder-as they look back on the city they left behind, as well as an international array of contemporary filmmakers and artists, such as Jem Cohen, VALIE EXPORT, Michael Haneke, Kurt Kren, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater, Nicholas Roeg, and Ulrich Seidl, whose visions of Vienna reveal the powerful hold the city continues to exert over our collective unconscious. Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema is organized by Alexander Horwath, Director, Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, and Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film, MoMA, with special thanks to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. The exhibition is also held in conjunction with Vienna: City of Dreams, a citywide festival organized by Carnegie Hall.

Spanning the late 19th to the early 21st centuries, from historical and romanticized images of the Austro-Hungarian empire to noir-tinged Cold War narratives, and from a breeding ground of anti-Semitism and European Fascism to a present-day center of artistic experimentation and socioeconomic stability, the exhibition features some 70 films. These include masterworks and rediscoveries of fiction and nonfiction, and a rich selection of newsreels and actualités (proto-newsreels), avant-garde films, and home movies. Special guest presenters include VALIE EXPORT, on February 28, and Jem Cohen, on March 31.

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