Sunday, February 20, 1994

The Circumspect Hedonist

Films by Kurt Kren

San Francisco Art Institute

The world of Kurt Kren is one of paradox, reflecting the extremes that have inflected Viennese art during the 20th century. Uniting a formalist precision with the wit and exuberance of a natural-born hedonist, Kren’s films give the appearance of spontaneity and chance but actually spring from careful observation and contemplation. They are brief (most run 5 or 6 minutes) but open up a universe of sensations and emotions. Kren collaborated with some of the most sexually adventurous artists of the 1960s (Otto Muehl, Gunter Brus, Hermann Nitsch) and yet is himself a very private person. All of these contradictions come together in an extraordinary body of film art. For Kren’s first appearance in the United States since 1984, he will show 17 of the films he has made over the past 35 years. Join us for this rare chance to see the work of one of the true giants of experimental film. Presented through the support of Sixpack Film (Vienna) and the Austrian Ministry of Trade and Culture. Cinematheque members alert! Current members are invited to a gathering in honor of Kurt Kren on Monday, Feb. 21st between 4 and 6 PM at a place TBA. Call the office for details.