“Philippe-Alain Michaud”

Hans Richter and the capturing of time: Interview with Philippe-Alain Michaud, curator of the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Metz, 9 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 28 September 2013 until 24 February 2014, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is to present an exhibition entitled “Hans Richter: La traversée du siècle” (Hans Richter: Across a century). Examining over 50 years of the artist’s production, the show aligns Richter’s works with those of other 20th century artists, considering his works in a broader social, political and formal context. Art Media Agency spoke to Philippe-Alain Michaud, the Curator and Director of Experimental Cinema at the Centre Pompidou Metz, who organised the exhibition with Timothy O. Benson, Director of LACMA’s Rifkind, and Commissioner Cécile Bargues. Can you tell me about your background? What made you want to organise this exhibition? My current position is curator of the film collection at the Centre Pompidou. The exhibition was first held at LACMA in Los Angeles, then at the Centre Pompidou, and a third one is to take place in Berlin at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Hans Richter is of great interest to me, as he is at once a visual artist, painter and illustrator, and filmmaker. There’s an important relationship between the artist’s cinematic work, and his pictorial and graphic pieces. The solo exhibition which was presented in Los Angeles, which was chronologically organised, really demonstrated the great influence which Richter had on filmmaking, not only in terms of the final work produced, but right from the drawing board stage. Film is generally considered to be an extension of photography, taking a picture and adding elements of movement and temporality. In the early 1920s, Richter reinvented this practice, placing drawings onto large film rolls in order to create a sense of movement. He took photographs these reels of drawings, image-by-image, using the same format as a cinema frame, a 4/3 ratio. The films were therefore created using...

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