Film-maker Jonas Mekas at Serpentine Gallery

Jonas Mekas

If you’re into your weird and wacky arts films then Jonas Mekas could be right up your street with his latest exhibition of work.

Film-maker, artist and poet, Jonas Mekas, is exhibiting his avant-garde film-making pieces, covering his impressive career which spans around 60 years. This exhibition will survey Mekas’ work with moving images, poetry and sound, presenting a selection of film and video dating from the 1950s through to the present day. The show will include the world premiere of Mekas’ new feature-length film, presented as an immersive installation.

The exhibition will run from 5 December 2012 – 27 January 2013. To read more about the exhibition and about Mekas and his work please read the press release below from the Serpentine Gallery.


Press release:

Film-maker, artist and poet Jonas Mekas (born 1922, Lithuania) is a leading figure in modern avant-garde and independent cinema. The Serpentine Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of the artist’s film, video and photographic works from throughout his remarkable and prolific sixty-year career. Coinciding with the Serpentine exhibition, BFI Southbank, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris, are presenting a season of film and video work celebrating Mekas’ contribution to cinema.

On his arrival in New York in 1949, Mekas bought his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of the world around him. He quickly became a central figure in the burgeoning arts community, alongside friends and collaborators such as Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg and film-makers Kenneth Anger and Maya Deren. A tireless champion of the new independent and avant-garde film movements, he wrote the ‘Movie Journal’ column in Village Voice, set up and edited Film Culture magazine with this brother Adolfas, and founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and Anthology.

Mekas brings a poet’s sensibility to the documentary style that permeates his work. His 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 records, with great sensitivity, his day-to-day activities as well as those of his peers from the film and arts community in New York.

Mekas’s films and archive material have been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including at Documenta 11; the Venice Biennale 2005; the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Baltic Art Center, Sweden; and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.

Serpentine Galllery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Gallery open 10am to 6pm daily. Admission free.


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