May 4, 2022, 7.30 pm
Salon des Amateurs
Film screening in cooperation with Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf
Jan Dibbets is one of the most influential pioneers of contemporary photography and a leading figure of Conceptual and Minimal Art. Furthermore, his work marks a fundamental turning point in the history of art. How are these statements reflected in both the artist’s work and his ideas? The documentary short film Jan Dibbets: This Giant Child explores this question and draws a portrait illustrating how the artist’s oeuvre has been characterized by a concentrated, analytical, forward-looking perspective since its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day. Jan Dibbets is particularly interested in what remains unknown about the nature of the medium. The basis for the film, which was made in cooperation with the film production company ATM, is an interview conducted in the artist’s studio in February 2022.
The screening will be followed by a get-together, to which all guests are warmly invited.
Jan Dibbets was born in Weert, the Netherlands in 1941. He lives and works in Amsterdam. In addition to participating in documenta 5, 6, and 7, as well as the Venice Biennale in 1972, 1978, 1980, and 1988, Dibbets’ work has been shown alongside that of Lawrence Weiner, Carl Andre, Richard Long, and Sol LeWitt in legendary exhibitions such as Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969) and Op Losse Schroeven / Everything Is Uncertain—Situations and Cryptostructures (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1969). More recently, Jan Dibbets has participated in exhibitions at the Art Institute Chicago and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. From 1984 to 2004 Jan Dibbets was a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy.