Films

The moving images with and about the photographer Michael Schmidt show the artist in different phases of his life and offer information on the classification of his work.

In the film tour, curator Thomas Weski leads us through the exhibition in the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, which was on view from 23 August 2020 to 17 January 2021. Since the entrance had to be partially closed due to the corona, the curator’s tour can be made up for here.

The 1989 film portrait “Michael Schmidt – Border walks” looks at the artist’s work from 1964 to 1988. Schmidt himself reflects on his creative phases, provides insight into his artistic working methods, talks about role models and the influence of American photography on his work. The film also traces Schmidt’s path in his “Werkraum Berlin”, which ceased to exist a short time later due to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important players in the art world comment on his artistic work from the early photographs of the first publications to the currently decisive and nationally and internationally highly regarded group of works “Ceasefire”.