„Malerei mit Zeit“

The Novembergruppe and Absolute Film

In 1925 the Novembergruppe opened a new chapter in the annals of cinema history. In the Ufa-Palast on Kurfürstendamm, with the support of the Culture Department at Universum Film, it hosted the first public screening of experimental cinema anywhere in Germany – the now legendary “Matinee of Absolute Film”. On the bill were abstract and Surrealist contributions exploring the experience of speed and rhythm. They were created by the Bauhaus artist Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, the film pioneers Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling and Walter Ruttmann (all three of them members of the Novembergruppe), the Frenchmen Francis Picabia, René Clair and Fernand Léger and the American director Dudley Murphy. In their very different ways, all these artists were on a quest for a new art of motion, seeking to project the freshness of modern perception onto the screen. Absolute film was intended to be “music for the eye” (Eggeling) or “painting with time” (Ruttmann).

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Berlinische Galerie

Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
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