Frans Zwartjes: The Great Cinema Magician

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Purge and the ICA present the films of Frans Zwartjes in their original 16mm format. Acclaimed as 'the great cinema magician' in his native Holland, and widely considered 'Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker', Zwartjes is also a painter, craftsman and musician: a polymath who defies categorisation, following in and ultimately expanding a tradition of great Dutch masters.

Zwartjes creates 'highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films which achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism.'

Championed by Susan Sontag ('the most important experimental filmmaker of his time') and Amos Vogel (distributor of Zwartjes’ films in the US), and recently subject to a large retrospective at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, this ICA screening is the first time that these films have ever been shown in the UK in their original format.

To mark the occasion, Purge has produced an album comprised solely of never-before heard music composed and recorded by Zwartjes between 1966 and 1999. Screen-printed by hand and signed by the artist, the album is available in an edition of 50 cassette tapes (option available to purchase with ticket).

The event will be introduced by Simona Minozza (archivist and curator, EYE institut Amsterdam).

Sunday May 11th, 16:30pm - Cinema 1
Tuesday May 20th, 18:45pm - Cinema 2


Institute of Contemporary Arts - London, Reino Unido


Repeats every week 1 times. Also includes Mon May 19 2014.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 (All day)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day)



Sunday, May 11, 2014 (All day)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day)
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    SW1Y 5AH   London
    Reino Unido
    51° 30' 22.8456" N, 0° 7' 51.3516" W