Jonas Mekas

Survey of a cinematic lyricist

Serpentine Gallery

5 Dec 2012 to 27 Jan 2013

Jonas Mekas

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Film-maker, artist and poet Jonas Mekas is a leading figure of avant-garde and independent cinema.

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The Serpentine presented an exhibition of Jonas Mekas's film, video and photographic works from throughout his remarkable and prolific sixty-year career to date. Mekas brings a poet's sensibility to the diary film style that permeates his work. Mekas' vision is unique in its ability to capture personal moments of beauty, celebration and joy. Developing his diaristic film style in the 1960s, he has become best known for his 'film diaries' in which he recorded, with great sensitivity, his day-to-day activities as well as those of his peers from the film and arts community in New York.

This exhibition surveyed Mekas's work with moving images, poetry and sound, presenting a selection of film and video works dating from the 1950s through to the time of the exhibition. The show included the world premiere of Mekas's new feature-length film, presented as an immersive installation. Stills, film portraits of friends and family and ephemera also punctuated the Serpentine's spaces, offering a fascinating insight into Mekas's life and work.

"I want to celebrate the small forms of cinema, the lyrical forms, the poem, the watercolour, etude, sketch, postcard, arabesque, bagatelle and little 8mm songs. I am standing in the middle of the information highway and laughing, because a butterfly on a little flower somewhere just fluttered its wings, and I know that the whole course of history will drastically change because of that flutter. A super-8 camera just made a little soft buzz somewhere, on New York's Lower East Side, and the world will never be the same" - Jonas Mekas

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Survey of a cinematic lyricist

Introduction to Jonas Mekas

Thursday, 19th September 2013

Birthday Tributes to Jonas Mekas - Charlemagne Palestine, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Ken Jacobs

Thursday, 19th September 2013

Charlemagne PalestineHappy Birthday Jonas 20126min 50secTessa Hughes-FreelandTo Jonas Mekas 20122min 7sec Ken JacobsJonas Mekas In Kodachrome Days 20123min 55sec 

Birthday Tributes to Jonas Mekas - Malcolm Le Grice

Thursday, 19th September 2013

Malcolm Le GriceWEIR 20111min 8secfor the benefit of Mr K 19951mincritical moment one 20041min 19 secwater lilies after monet 20083min 48secabsinthe 20101min 

Birthday Tributes to Jonas Mekas - David Ellis and Simon Tyszko

Thursday, 19th September 2013

David Ellis and Simon TyszkoDetour 20127min

Birthday Tributes to Jonas Mekas - John Waters, Rosa Barba

Thursday, 19th September 2013

John WatersJohn Waters on Jonas Mekas 20121min 43 secRosa BarbaPanzano 200022min

Jonas Mekas 2012 - 2013

Jonas Mekas

2012
WTC HAIKUS, 2010
Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

2013
WTC HAIKUS, 2010

16mm film transferred to video 14min 4sec

Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

2013
WTC HAIKUS, 2010

16mm film transferred to video 14min 4sec

Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

2013
Outtakes from the Life of a Happy Man, 2012

16mm film transferred to video 68min

Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

2013
LAVENDER PIECE, 2012

16mm film transferred to video, various dates, each film 5-15min long

Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

2013
LAVENDER PIECE, 2012

16mm film transferred to video, various dates, each film 5-15min long

Installation view from the exhibition Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London (5 December 2012 - 27 January 2013)