September 20, 2023

Chantal Akerman – A Lasting Heritage

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Chantal Akerman – A Lasting Heritage

The tribute and attention paid to Chantal Akerman in Brussels and Belgium, initiated in October 2022 with the Brussels initiative Chantal Akerman, une cinéaste à Bruxelles continues thanks to the efforts of Belgian institutions to celebrate her heritage. Find out below all the events and projects planned in Belgium for the 2023/24 season!


OCTOBER 2023 – MARCH 2024

FROM OCTOBER 4
Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (1978) in Belgian cinemas


National release of the restored copy of Les Rendez-vous d’Anna. As of October 4, catch a screening at Cinema Palace (Brussels), Sphinx Cinema (Ghent), Cinema Lumière (Antwerp), Kunstcentrum Buda (Kortrijk), Cinema Storck (Ostende) and Cinema Lumière (Bruges).

Soon also available on Avila

OCTOBER 27 – MARCH 10
Her Voice – Echoes of Chantal Akerman at FOMU Antwerp

Untitled, 2015 © Joanna Piotrowka, Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

The group exhibition Her Voice – Echoes of Chantal Akerman presents photographic and video works by seven contemporary artists inspired by the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Manon de Boer, Moyra Davey, Gabby Laurent, Frida Orupabo, Joanna Piotrowska, Collier Schorr and Carmen Winant explore what it means today to be a woman, artist, mother, daughter and lover.

“I haven’t tried to find a compromise between myself and others, I have thought that the more particular I am, the more I address the general.”
– Chantal Akerman


FOMU ANTWERP

NOVEMBER 5 – MARCH 10
Complementary screenings at Lumières Antwerp for the exhibtion Her Voice

News From Home, 1978 – Collections CINEMATEK – © Fondation Chantal Akerman

News From Home (1978), Je, tu, il, elle (1974) and Jeanne Dielman, 21, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) will screen over the coming months at Cinéma Lumières of Antwerp to accompany the exhibtion Her Voice – Echoes of Chantal Akerman. An occasion to (re)discover her staple films from the 1970s through the lense of the impact they still have on contemporary artists.

LUMIERES ANTWERP


MARCH 2024

MARCH 14 – JULY 21 2024
Traveling at BOZAR

Planche contact D’est – © Collections CINEMATEK & Fondation Chantal Akerman

Bozar is dedicating the first major exhibition to Chantal Akerman tracing her atypical trajectory from her beginnings in Brussels to the Mexican desert, from her very first films to her last installations in 2015. The exhibition will be complemented by a full retrospective at CINEMATEK as well as numerous initiatives, screenings, readings, talks, in both institutions but also at Palace and RITCS.

BOZAR BRUSSELS 

Curator : Laurence Rassel


SEPTEMBER 2024

SEPTEMBER 7 – JANUARY 6

I put my t-shirt on backwards: à la recherche de Chantal Akerman at argos

Responding to the Chantal Akerman retrospective at Bozar, this group exhibition at argos mirrors the late filmmaker’s oeuvre through artworks by contemporary artists, both of her generation as well as younger practitioners. Echoing Proust’s literary influence on Akerman’s oeuvre, the exhibition is conceived as a meandering reflection on quintessential Akermanian themes, such as queer temporalities, intergenerational relationships, and the failure of language to communicate meaningfully. 

I put my t-shirt on backwards consists of works by female, queer, and non-binary artists active in and around Brussels, while Akerman will be present remotely, through written extracts. An “auteur” in every sense of the word, she famously referred to herself as a “failed writer”. Nevertheless, her writings remain essential to fully grasp the scope of Akerman’s artistic contributions. The extracts and artworks are presented alongside one another as a dialogical work in progress, introducing a number of compelling artistic consonances for our times that resonate with the continuously shifting legacy of Chantal Akerman.

ARGOS BRUSSELS

Curators: Jessica Gysel and Karen Van Godtsenhoven with Niels Van Tomme


Previously

SEPTEMBER 2023

SEPTEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 5
yours at Contour Biennial of Moving Images

yours, by Eva Giolo, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Katja Mater, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, Maaike Neuville – Belgium, 2023

The Contour Biennial, which opens in Mechelen on September 9, has taken up the baton by featuring Chantal Akerman in the collective film yours, an echo of her work and especially News from Home (1976) commissioned by the biennial’s curators and produced by artists Eva Giolo, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Katja Mater, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, Maaike Neuville). The film is screening at the Kunscentrum nona in Mechelen from Wednesday to Sunday until November 5. 

In collaboration with Contour, the Cinema Lumiere of Mechelen will also hold a screening of News from Home on October 28.

CONTOUR – KUNSTCENTRUM NONA

NEWS FROM HOME – CINEMA LUMIERE (MECHELEN)

SEPTEMBER 28
Avant-première of the restored version of Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (1978)

Click to view the trailer for the new 4K restoration of LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA

The Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Fondation Chantal Akerman and CINEMATEK are delighted to present the new restoration by CINEMATEK of Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (1978). On Thursday September 28 the film premiered at Palace in the presence of Aurore Clément and Sylviane Akerman.

The film is screening in Brussels and relaesed by Cinea in numerous cinemas in Flanders since October 4. Find out all the details about the re-release below.

CINEMA PALACE

SEPTEMBER 29 – 12H30
Inauguration of the Allée Chantal Akerman and of mural dedicated to the director

The mural dedicated to Chantal Akerman by Alba Fabre Sacristan
© Jules Césure, courtesy of All About Things Collective

The Echevinat de la Culture of the City of Brussels wished to see in their 2023 street art parcours an echo of the Echevinat de l’Urbanisme’s decision to rename the central berm of the Quai du Commerce, Allée Chantal Akerman.

In collaboration with the All about thinks collective, the city invited the Spanish film-loving artist Alba Fabre Sacristan to draw inspiration from the work of Chantal Akerman. She used a scene from the legendary film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Brussels.

The public joined on September 29 around the corner of Quai aux Barques and Rue Saint-André for the inaugurations of the mural and the newly named Allée Chantal Akerman. 

PARCOURS STREET ART BRUSSELS

ALLÉE CHANTAL AKERMAN