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If You Need Another Reason to See Philip Haas' Film Installations at the Kimbell …


by Jerome Weeks 4 Aug 2009

… his short, The Death of Pentheus — included in the current exhibition, Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons — has just been included in the 66th annual Venice International Film Festival.  It’ll be screened there in September, part of the “new trends in cinema” section. Trust us — the Kimbell exhibition is amazing. In fact, […]

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… his short, The Death of Pentheus — included in the current exhibition, Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons — has just been included in the 66th annual Venice International Film Festival.  It’ll be screened there in September, part of the “new trends in cinema” section.

Trust us — the Kimbell exhibition is amazing. In fact, last year, Haas’ first film adaptation of a painted work in the Kimbell Art Museum’s collection — Annibale Carraci’s The Butcher Shop — won the Venice festival’s award for films that bridge cinema and art. The Death of Pentheus is one of the more technically complicated of the installations — adapting the classic tale of Pentheus torn apart by drunken women as depicted on an ancient Greek wine cup. The five film installations, commissioned by the Kimbell, are on display in Fort Worth through Oct. 25.

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  • Jennifer

    I didn’t need another reason to get myself to the Kimball, but this is another great one nevertheless!
    Thanks for the news.

  • My wife and I went Saturday, extraordinary. They are hard to describe actually. Loved the Butcher Shop, stark beautiful colors, artist in one screen, subjects in another. Apollo and the Continents by G. B. Tiepolo (c. 1739 was just extraordinary. I loved the fact there are images on the ceiling and that mirrors projected one wall display movement happening on the screen on the other wall. Really intriguing stuff.

  • Also, Jerome, let me add, how much I’ve enjoyed your arts coverage, books, theatre, art. It’s been a real addition. Thanks.

    • Thanks very much. It’s a pleasure. And your $20 is in the mail. Just don’t tell my editors. Office funds, you know.