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Tom Doyle and Eva Hesse: A Silent Movie by Werner Nekes


Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Nekes was born in 1944 in Erfurt and studied linguistics and psychology in Freiburg. In his workings and teachings, Nekes sought to free the medium of film from narration and psychology. In 1965, Nekes made his first experimental films at the same time he met the painter Dore O., whom he followed to Hamburg in 1967 and married.  His work has been exhibited at major international museums and festivals, including MoMA and the Kassel Documenta. This clip is from Nekes' short film documenting Eva Hesse and her husband Tom Doyle at Doyle's exhibition at the Scheidt Family home in Kettwig. This meeting would begin a long lasting friendship between Nekes and Hesse and eventually led to Nekes' acquisition of key early works by the artist. (RT: 8:04)

© 1965 Werner Nekes

28 April 2010