Lecture Activist Club - The Museum in Film - Julia Noordegraaf - free entrance


Lecture Activist Club The Museum in Film - Julia Noordegraaf - free entrance

18:00 - 20:00
Curator: Galit Eilat


Julia Noordegraaf is Programme Director, MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.

The film L’heure d’été (Olivier Assayas, 1998) contains a scene at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. We see a group of teenagers, probably a high school class, strolling through a department with nineteenth-century furniture, following a guided tour. The kids appear to be bored and do not pay attention to the objects on display – one talks about going to the cinema instead. Meanwhile, the camera drifts off in the direction of one particular Art Nouveau desk that used to belong to the artist Paul Berthier, whose inheritance is the focal point of Assayas’ family drama. The camera explores the desk in close-up, almost caressing it in its movement. So whereas the museum visitors do not seem to notice this piece of furniture, the camera shows it to us in a proximity that no museum display ever could.

In this english-spoken presentation Julia Noordegraaf explores various films in which museums are used as important settings or protagonists. She will argue that rather than celebrating the museum as a space for art, culture or history, the filmic use of the museum often serves to reflect on the superiority of the cinematographic medium in establishing contact between us viewers and the world. Films as diverse as Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979), Russian Ark (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2002), Dopo Mezzanotte (After Midnight, Davide Ferrario, 2004) and The International (Tom Tykwer, 2009) all use the play of looks between the ‘white cube’ of the museum and the ‘black box’ of cinema to celebrate the virtual reality of the cinematographic dream machine.

Reserve your place here. This presentation will be given in english.

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