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FIFA : The splendour continues!
27th International festival of films on art
E.D., March 16, 2009
FIFA/MAX BILL — UN REGARD ABSOLU
FIFA/MAX BILL — UN REGARD ABSOLU
 
MAX BILL - UN REGARD ABSOLU BILL - DAS ABSOLUTE AUGENMASS

Immersed in art, aesthetics and politics, Max Bill (1908-94) was probably the most famous Swiss artist of the 20th century. Embracing all areas of artistic creation-he was an architect trained in the Bauhaus school at Dessau; an abstract painter who studied under Kandinsky and Klee and co-founded the Concrete Art movement; and a graphic artist, typographer, scenic artist and designer-Bill was a quintessential modernist. His entire oeuvre is imbued with a sense of social responsibility and environmental awareness, making it remarkably forward-looking. He was also fiercely anti-Fascist, remaining politically engaged until the end of his life. After the Second World War, he kept the teachings of the Bauhaus alive by founding the Hochschule für Gestaltung (design school) in Ulm, of which he was the first rector. For six years, journalist and filmmaker Eric Schmid gathered material on Bill, including 185 hours of footage. Completed in time to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, and with the participation of numerous artists, the film follows the ups and downs of Bill's life-his versatility, his commitment, and the "unwavering focus" of his artistic approach.

FIFA/The LAST WRIGHT
FIFA/The LAST WRIGHT
 
THE LAST WRIGHT

In 1909, the year he completed his design of the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) had already made his name as one of America's foremost architects. While the hotel was under construction, Lloyd worked on his innovative series of private homes known as the "Prairie Houses." Tracing the history of the Park Inn from its opening in 1910 through its gradual decline and final closing in 1972, the film explores the relationship between an American city and its cultural heritage over the course of economic ups and downs. A striking example of the Prairie style, the Park Inn, adjacent to the City National Bank (another of Wright's designs), is the last remaining hotel designed by the architect. He used it as a prototype for the Midway Gardens, a Chicago indoor/outdoor entertainment complex, and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which was demolished in 1955. The Park Inn is currently being renovated, the works slated for completion in time for its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
 
ZAHA HADID

Notable deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid consistently tests the boundaries of architecture, urbanism and design. Born in 1950, Hadid is presently undergoing an extraordinarily productive period, with work underway on various international projects involving major cultural structures: the MAXI arts centre in Rome (the Italian equivalent of the Tate Modern); an opera house in Gaungzhou, China; and the performing arts centre in Abu Dhabi, funded by the Guggenheim Foundation. Back in Britain, work continues on her London Olympics Aquatic Centre in Stratford, which will house two 50-m swimming pools and a 25-m diving pool. Last summer, the Design Museum launched the first full-scale show of her work in the UK. In 2004, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture's most prestigious award. In 2006, she opened two substantial buildings in Germany: a stunning car factory for BMW and the Phaeno Science Centre. Hadid, whose daring and lack of compromise have become legendary, has an instantly recognizable style characterized by geometric interlacing, straight lines, sharp angles and elevated, airy spheres-a vision that has brought her to world prominence.

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