"Deliriously sumptuous and transgressive, Ulrike Ottinger's world can hardly be confused with humdrum reality. Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels, a journey alternately dazzling, infuriating, hilarious, and rewarding. Mongolian nomads, feral feminists, and Shanghai and Jewish culture rub elbows in the oeuvre of a unique filmmaker who combines an outlaw's spirit and an ethnographer's eye with an artist's sense of wonder" (Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice)
Exhibition in Berlin
Paris Calligrammes - A Landscape of Memory by Ulrike Ottinger
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt shows historical archival material together with Ulrike Ottinger's own art and film works. Memories of the Parisian bohème and decolonial movements meet images of a multi-ethnic society. From the Librairie Calligrammes, a meeting place of exiled German intellectuals, to the Cinémathèque française, which sparked her love of film, Ulrike Ottinger charts a city and its utopias.
Opening: Th 22/08/2019, 7 pm
HONORARY DOCTOR OF FINE ARTS
On September 21, 2018, Ulrike Ottinger received an honorary doctor of fine arts during a ceremony at Concordia University in Montreal, awarded by the President of the University Alan Shepard.
Introduction to Honorary Degree Citation (pdf) by Rosanna Maule
Honorary Degree Speech (pdf) by Ulrike Ottinger
Dartmouth College, USA
Ulrike Ottinger has been invited to hold the Montgomery Fellowship of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. From the beginning of September until the middle of November 2018, she will be working with students at one of the oldest universities in the USA.
She also works there on her new film “Paris Calligrammes”.
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
Exhibition in München
From June 29th Sammlung Goetz shows at Haus der Kunst Part 2 of the exhibition Generations: Female Artists in Dialogue e.g. with TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979).
In the exhibition, the focus is on the body and the exploration of its limits, as well as the examination of social concepts of sexuality, gender and identity in moving images.
Haus der Kunst
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New film in production
In April, the filming of Ulrike Ottinger's new documentary PARIS CALLIGRAMMES took place. Since the beginning of May, the intensive phase of editing has begun.
A co-production with
and Idéale Audience, Paris
Exhibition Review from Glasgow International
Transgressive, erotic, alarming, unconscionable and marvellous, Ottinger’s work is a call to artistic freedom and formal rigour. Life-affirming and dangerous, she is an accidental mentor to the best younger artists here, and a rejoinder to mediocrity, to things I prefer not to recall.
Adrian Searle: Interstellar sexual adventures and underground erotica – Glasgow International review, In: The Guardian, 20/04/2018
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2018
Ulrike Ottinger is member of the Glashütte Dokumentarfilmpreis Jury at this year's BERLINALE.
This prize for the best documentary film is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. A total of about 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections as well as the Culinary Cinema special series is nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award.
"Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia" at MoMA
The New Yorker, May 26, 2017
Review by Richard Brody
With Sofia Coppola making her return at Cannes with “The Beguiled” and David Lynch making his own return with “Twin Peaks: The Return,” the substance of style is in question again. A rare and remarkable film that makes this question its very subject has just started its welcome weeklong run at MOMA: “Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia,” by the German director Ulrike Ottinger, from 1989. It’s a sumptuously stylized yet ardently observational film that builds its wild contrasts into its plot, about a train ride of legendary proportions aboard the Transsiberian, a virtual Orient Express filled with an exotic collection of international travellers with mysterious backgrounds and fabulous personalities. more
Chamisso's Shadow awarded as Best Documentary 2016
On february 13, 2017 the German Film Critics Association has awarded Ulrike Ottinger's twelfe-hour-documentary CHAMISSO'S SHADOW as Best Documentary 2016. Following the foodsteps of Adelbert von Chamisso, the film combines breathtaking landscape images, ethnological knowledge and personal experiences.
Berlin: Chamissos Shadow (photographs)
Dec 5th 2015 until Feb 27th 2016
Vernisage: Dec. 04th 2015, 6 pm
Under the title „Chamisso‘s Shadow“ the Berlin gallery Johanna Breede Photokunst presents photographs by Ulrike Ottinger, produced during her filming expedition to and around the Bering Sea for her upcomming film of the same title.
D – 10719 Berlin
Tue to Fr 11am - 6pm · Sa 11am-4pm
Hamburg: STREAMLINES. OCEANS, GLOBAL TRADE AND MIGRATION
The thematic emphasis of the presentation is the »oceans as the sixth continent«, thus examining the seaways across which global flows of commodities have been channeled since the 19th century, whose control is still of great economic and political significance today. Some of the participating artists have been featured at documenta, including Kader Attia, Ulrike Ottinger and Alfredo Jaar. Curator of the exhibition is Koyo Kouoh from Dakar.
Halle für Aktuelle Kunst
South Korea: 10. Gwangju Biennale
The tenth Gwangju Biennale, curated by Jessica Morgan, explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. 17 photographic works by Ulrike Ottinger in context of MADAME X and TICKET OF NO RETURN will be shown.
Opening: September 5th 2014
ZKM Karlsruhe: Beuys Brock Vostell
The exhibition, curated by Peter Weibel, explores the works of the action artists Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock and Wolf Vostell. It aims at finding analogies between the three, namely their common focus on the radical emancipation of the individual, the topic of the Second World War as well as their introduction of a new style of teaching. Part of the exhibition is Ulrike Ottingers film Berlinfever - Wolf Vostell (16 mm, colour, 12 minutes).
TIFF Canada: Queer Outlaw Cinema
June 13 – August 17 2014
The exhibition, curated by Noah Cowan and Kathleen Pirrie Adams, exhibits the works of renowned artists working at the intersection of film and the visual arts. Ulrike Ottinger’s photographic works from her filmic works during the 1970s and 1980s are exhibited and her films FREAK ORLANDO (35 mm, colour, 126 minutes) and SUPERBIA (35 mm, colour, 15 minutes) are screened.
350 King Street West
Umeå, Sweden: Theatrical Fields
The exhibition, curated by Ute Meta Bauer, explores the theatrical in performance, film and video. The exhibition also features a programme with films by Marie Louise Ekman (Sweden), Eva Meyer/Eran Schaerf (Germany) and Ulrike Ottinger (Germany). In context of Ulrike Ottinger's films JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA und FREAK ORLANDO the museum also presents artist book and folm posters.
Umeå University | Umeå Arts Campus
Östra Strandgatan 26
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Munich: Haus der Kunst
So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst
Exhibition 19.04.13 - 12.01.2014
Opening: 18.04.13, 7 pm
Works by female artists constitute nearly half of the pieces in Ingvild Goetz's collection of media art. These works represent and illustrate the key stages of the feminist discourse and feminist film theory since the 1970s. With works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, and T.J. Wilcox
Part of the presentation ist Ulrike Ottinger's JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989, 165 Min.).
Haus der Kunst
UNDER SNOW DVD release on July 20th!
In Echigo in Japan the snow often lies several feet deep well into May covering landscape and villages. Over the centuries the inhabitants have organised their lives accordingly. In order to record their very distinctive forms of everyday life, their festivals and religious rituals Ulrike Ottinger journeyed to the mythical snow country – accompanied by two Kabuki performers. Taking the parts of the students Takeo and Mako they follow in the footsteps of Bokushi Suzuki who in the mid-19th century wrote his remarkable book “Snow Country Tales”.
A beautiful vixen fox leads the two protagonists astray and they undergo a wondrous metamorphosis. As a man and woman of the Edo period they now travel through the past and again and again encounter the present.
Autumn 2011: Premiere UNTER SCHNEE - Exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein - - Hannah Höch Prize Awarding - Film series at Arsenal
Between September 2011 and January 2012 numerous Ulrike Ottinger-related events are taking place in Berlin. On 7th September the exhibition Floating Food opens in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. On 9th September her new film Under Snow will also have its premiere there. On 25th September Ulrike Ottinger will be awarded the Hannah Höch Prize of the Berlin Senate. On the same day to mark the occasion an exhibition opens at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein which will for the first time show her early paintings. To accompany these events from 18th September 2011 to 22nd January 2012 the Kino Arsenal is showing a selection of her films in a 12 part series accompanied by conversations and introductions. Each of the exhibitions will be accompanied by an artist’s book published by the Walther König Verlag.
In preparation: THE BLOOD COUNTESS
Impatiently awaiting the arrival of her devoted maid Hermine, the countess Erzsébeth Báthory, also known as La Comtesse Sanglante, a tigress in human disguise, ascends into the open daylight.
At breathtaking speed, the two women race through a Vienna of ghoulish beauty. This is a cracked journey to the roots of a myth that has lost nothing of its appeal: to the Vampyre Empire!
Starring Isabelle Huppert!
Award of the German film critique: PRATER
People, monsters, sensations. The beguiling images in Ulrike Ottinger’s Prater transform this mythical Viennese attraction into a cinematic experience. A captivating succession of intention and coincidence, an amusement ride through time and space. An complex film that makes us think and laugh.
Award of the German film critique 2007: best documentary!