Johan Grimonprez

February 15, 2013 7PM

Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Named one of the top 50 filmmakers, Johan Grimonprez’s award winning films include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009). Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, they have garnered several Best Director awards, the 2005 ZKM International Media Award, a Spirit Award and the 2009 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. They have also been acquired by NBC Universal, ARTE, and FILM 4.

His curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, such as at the Hammer Museum (US), the Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and the MOMA (NY). His works are part of the permanent collections of major museums, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Kanazawa Art Museum (Japan) and Tate Modern (London).

In 2011 Hatje Cantz Verlag published a reader on his work entitled “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards” with contributions by Jodi Dean, Thomas Elsaesser, Tom McCarthy, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Slavoj Žižek. His distributors are Soda Pictures and Kino Lorber International. His artwork is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery (New York) and the gallerie kamel mennour (Paris).

Grimonprez currently divides his time between Brussels and New York, where he studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and where he now lectures at the School of Visual Arts. His next film project The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by author Andrew Feinstein, was awarded a development grant from the SUNDANCE INSTITUTE.


Self portraits


– Johan Grimonprez by Damien Coens, 2007

– Johan Grimonprez by Theo Volpatti, 2005


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