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Museum der Moderne Salzburg announces death of artist, filmmaker, author, and curator Harun Farocki
German filmmaker Harun Farocki (b. 1944) in Moscow. Photo: Андрей Романенко.
SALZBURG.- The Museum der Moderne Salzburg mourns the death of the artist, filmmaker, author, and curator Harun Farocki. The Generali Foundation Collection includes a sizable body of works by Farocki. Important video installations by the artist are on display in the current exhibitions. Starting on Monday, his film Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1988) will be screened daily in the auditorium of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

“In Harun Farocki, we have lost an astute critic of social structures and current events; never wagging his finger, he instead used annotated pictures to make us see what he meant,” Sabine Breitwieser, director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, says. She is deeply affected by the artist’s death: “Only this past Saturday, Harun Farocki gave our visitors a tour of our exhibition Art/Histories, offering compelling explanations that helped them understand his art better. Our thoughts are with his family; with them, we mourn the irreparable loss of the human being and artist Harun Farocki.”

The Generali Foundation, whose art collection has been held by the Museum der Moderne Salzburg since January 2014, looks back on a decades-long close and fruitful collaboration with Harun Farocki. The internationally renowned collection contains more than fifty works by the artist. With his wife, Antje Ehmann, he curated the exhibition Cinema like never before, which was shown at the Foundation in 2006. “Harun’s approach has been a vital source of inspiration to many younger artists,” Sabine Breitwieser adds. “Virtually every institution in the field of contemporary art has acquired or at least exhibited his art. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased a major set of works that was presented in a widely acclaimed solo exhibition in 2011.”

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg currently shows the two video installations Schnittstelle / Section (1995) and I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000) in its exhibition Proudly Presenting: Generali Foundation Collection, which runs through October 12, 2014. The video installation The Silver and the Cross (2010) is on display in Art/Histories, which will close on October 26, 2014.

Starting on Monday, August 4, 2014, Harun Farocki’s film Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (Images of the World and the Inscription of War, 1988) will be screened in the auditorium of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg every day at 4pm (until further notice). Admission is free. A comprehensive program of film screenings will be scheduled for the fall.

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