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Art History Talk | 'Reminiscence of a Journey' - The Legacy of Jonas Mekas

Michel Auder, ​Douglas Gordon, ​Lolita Jablonskienė and Maxa Zoller
Art History Talk | 'Reminiscence of a Journey' - The Legacy of Jonas Mekas
Photo: Studio lost but found, Douglas Gordon, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019; Photo Studio lost but found, Frederik Pedersen
The 'godfather of avant-garde film', Lithuanian-born artist Jonas Mekas, was and remains one of the most significant figures in underground cinema. Not only did he influence figures such as Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono; he chiefly revolutionized film-making through his unconventional approach to capturing the magical moments that make up life. Four years after the Soviet invasion of 1940, he fled Lithuania with his brother and emigrated to America, where he started making movies. He founded the magazine Film Culture in 1954 and in 1960 co-founded what became Anthology Film Archives, one of the world's largest repositories of avant-garde film. 
This panel brings together a variety of people who were companions of Jonas Mekas, were inspired not only by his work but also by his fresh and critical mind, and will be able to shed light on one of the most influential figures of post-war culture.

Michel Auder, Filmer, New York City
Douglas Gordon, Artist, Berlin
Lolita Jablonskienė, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
Moderator: Maxa Zoller, Curator of Art Basel's Film Sector, Dortmund

Followed by a film screening of Out-Takes From the Life of a Happy Man (2012) by Jonas Mekas.

Free to the public.
Organizer:  Art Basel

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