The artist Gottfried Helnwein

The artist Gottfried Helnwein

           The artist Gottfried Helnwein
               Genre: Documentary
               Painter, artist, Gottfried Helnwein
  Long his painted with irritating accuracy pictures belong to the arsenal of popular as in high culture. And yet they are still in many respects a scandal and a Aufreger and breaking a taboo: Since the early 1970s he addressed in his pictures again and again violated, abused and injured children, thus making early attention to a taboo subject that one then simply not noticed – or did not want to admit it. The response to the massively repressed were in Helnwein native Austria and elsewhere do not wait too long in coming. Already in his first exhibition in the Vienna Künstlerhaus adorned shortly after the opening yellow sign with the inscription “Degenerate Art” on the exhibits. This violent reaction was the astonished artist a clear indication that he had put his finger on a wound. For it was in addition to the motifs obviously also about what fantasies they evoked in the viewer. It is precisely these buried associations that represent the true horror of his pictures – they make the audience involuntarily complicit, who must feel caught. In addition to this more private access to Helnwein’s work to open his paintings but also a clear social, political and historical perspective: His art is not only a memorial to the children, but for all oppressed and tortured creatures, they refer to exercise of power and oppression, violence and the immensity of suffering and take again and again to the Nazi regime as in the picture cycle The Ninth November Night. Also brought him in certain circles a reputation as a troublemaker and Nestbeschmutzer. He has never agreed, “And the day that I would be the entire bourgeois society would embrace the day when I would finish my art work. Then I knew I did something wrong.” For two years, the filmmaker Claudia Schmid artist Gottfried Helnwein has accompanied with the camera. It shows him at work in his estate in Ireland and in the U.S., so in those two places, Helnwein has now become home for many years. Again and again we see him in how he applies the finishing touches on his paintings, which seem to be ready for our eyes. And instinctively, one wonders whether the only one of dramatic trick here because an artist is shown, which is actually at work does not like to look over their shoulder. Instead, Helnwein talks rather about his art, provides insights into his thinking and what has influenced him. Confidants, friends and experts come in the film, however not in words – with one exception: California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Helnwein’s longtime friend and one of the most ardent collectors of his art. Claudia Schmid has been working many years as a freelance director and film writer for broadcasters such as the WDR, 3sat and ARTE. Over time, she has realized numerous portraits of artists and contributions to the visual arts. This knowledge of the matter, you realize this film – it is her first feature-length documentary – also. Your introduction to the work and life Gottfried Helnwein, which is mainly the artists speak for themselves, turns rather to all those who are already familiar with the images of the Austrian. Nevertheless, the film also pays for all those who have become neugerig through the images on the people behind these dark and spooky at the same time very poetic imagery. For so many interesting facts from the horse mouth artist otherwise you get yourself in other portraits of artists rarely heard and see. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: The artist Gottfried Helnwein Original Title: The silence of innocence Country of production: , Germany Production year: 2009 Length: 116 (Min.) Distribution: MFA + Film Distribution

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