Screening + Artist talk Hans van Houwelingen - Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb
Screening + Artist talk Hans van Houwelingen Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb
With pleasure we invite you tot he screening and artist talk with Hans van Houwelingen and Charles Esche regarding ‘Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb?' on Thursday evening 15 December.
Seventy years after the Hiroshima bomb, Hans van Houwelingen made the video 'Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb?'. Robert Oppenheimer, the architect of the first atomic bomb, likened the immense destructive power of the bomb to Krishna’s appearance where he assumes the form of omnipotent destroyer of worlds in order to convince prince Arjuna to wage war.
Oppenheimer refers to the line in the Hindu epic ‘Bhagavad Gita’: "I am Time grown old to destroy the world, Embarked on the course of world annihilation".
‘Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb?’ resituates the Bhagavad Gita within the social and political circumstances of 1945, that permitted the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. Krishna fondly gave prince Arjuna his nickname Paarth.
The Van Abbemuseum has purchased this film, it is on display in The collection now since 1 June.
19.30: screening of ‘Hey paarth, what about the atom bomb?’ in the auditorium, with an introduction by Christiane Berndes, curator and head of collection.
20.10: artist talk Hans van Houwelingen and Charles Esche, director Van Abbemuseum.
Register here for the artist talk Hans van Houwelingen