Blickle Kino

Blickle Kino © Belvedere, Vienna
Blickle Kino © Belvedere, Vienna
Blickle Kino © Belvedere, Vienna

“Actually, cinema is a great many things. It is the material place where we go to be entertained by a spectacle of shadows, although these shadows induce an emotion in us that is more secret than the one expressed by the condescending term entertainment. It is also the accumulation and sedimentation of those presences within us as their reality is erased and altered: the other cinema, which is recomposed by our memories and our words, and which, in the end, strongly differs from what was presented when it unspooled during projection. Cinema is also an ideological apparatus producing images that circulate in society, images in which the latter recognizes the present state of its types, its past legend or its imagined futures.”

(Jacques Rancière)


Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus is today Vienna’s only intact cinema from the 1950s. Designed by Karl Schwanzer as part of the 1958 World Expo Pavilion in Brussels, it was renovated by Adolf Krischanitz with the generous support of Ursula Blickle. It now meets all of today’s cinematic standards and enables the screening of film in all its diversity.

Its programming is organized into the following series: Blickle Series, Portraiture Series, profil Series, Exhibition Series, Blickle Artists’ Docs and Art Education Series. One of the pivotal roles of Blickle Kino is to promote public discussion between film and cinema, art and science. It enters into the debates about the history and future of motion pictures in the context of image and media culture in the twenty-first century. The Blickle Kino is a state-of-the-art cinema and together with its partner, the Ursula Blickle Foundation, pursues the goal of placing contemporary films and videos in the context of both the history of film and of art, thus demonstrating correlations and trends. Here the multiple facets of current film and video art are presented and discussed. Filmmakers, curators, and programmers are invited to give their views on their work, and a forum is evolving where one can discover more about the latest trends.


Blickle Kino: The First 20 Months (April 2012 – December 2013)

Danse Serpentine, Association Frères Lumière / Opening Speech, Norman McLaren / Baroque Statues, Maria Lassnig / Water Motor, Babette Mangolte / Money, Henry Hills / Memories of Mirrors (Theatrical Personalities After Mary Wigman and Madame d’Ora), Ursula Mayer / Trypps #6 (Malobi), Ben Russell / On the Basis of Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, William Forsythe / Ritual in Transfigured Time, Maya Deren / After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Hybrid, Yvonne Rainer / Lassnitz, Hans Schabus / Her Mona, Klaus Telscher / Anamnesis, Scott Miller Berry / The White Rose, Bruce Conner / La Cuirassé Abdelkarim (Battleship Abdelkarim), Walid Matta / 2026, Maha Maamoun / Bruce Lee in the Land of Balzac, Maria Thereza Alves / The Story of Milk and Honey, Basma Al Sharif / Work Hard Play Hard, Carmen Losmann / Die Ausbildung, Dirk Lütter / Eine flexible Frau, Tatjana Turanskyi / Chircales, Martha Rodriguez & Jorge Silva / Agnieszka Polska: Stahlwille, The Forgetting of Proper Names, Sensitization to Colour, My Favourite Things, Plunderer’s Dream, How The Work Is Done, The Sun / Leslie Thornton: X-TRACTS, Peggy and Fred in Hell: the Prologue, The Last Time I Saw Ron, Strange Space, Photography Is Easy / Katrina Daschner: Parole Rosette, Nouvelle Burlesque Brutal / Bernhard Hetzenauer: Lo que quedó guardado – What Remained Unspoken, Wann habe ich aufgehört, Dir meine Träume zu erzählen?, Todos nos hacemos ilusiones – We All Have Illusions / Independencia, Raya Martin / Orly, Angela Schanelec / Winter Vacation, Li Hongqi / The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr / To Die Like a Man/Morrer como um homem, João Pedro Rodrigues / Un drame dans les airs, FR 1904 / L’Eruzione dell’Etna, IT 1910 / L’Âme des Moulins, NL/FR 1912 / Le Chaudron Infernal, FR 1903 / La légende du fantôme, FR 1908 / Namenlose Helden, AT 1924 / Ich war Jack Mortimer, Emile Reinert / Nightwatching, Peter Greenaway / Chew the Fat, Rirkrit Tiravanija / The World According to Kapoor – A Portrait of Anish Kapoor, Hans-Peter Schwerfel / Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum – The New Rijksmuseum, Oeke Hoogendijk / How to Make a Book with Steidl, Jörg Adolph & Gereon Wetzel / Herb & Dorothy, Megumi Sasaki / Alice Neel, Andrew Neel / Villa Feltrinelli, Andree Korpys & Markus Löffler / IV, Jeanne Faust / Paris From Behind, Antek Walczak / Bliss and Heaven, Jesper Just / Das neue Wien, AT 1926 / Expropriated Complex, Dusan Tasic / Borgarte, Lotte Schreiber / About zero, Flatform / Block, Emily Richardson / Me llamo Roberto Delgado, Javier Loarte / Porto, 1975, Filipa César / A Free Moment, Nir Evron / I Am Micro, Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel / Phantoms of a Libertine, Ben Rivers / Encyclopedia Britannica, John Latham / Sorry Horns, Luther Price / Flash in the Metropolitan, Lucy Skaer & Rosalind Nashashibi / Refraction Series, Chris Gehman / View From the Acropolis, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan / Jesse McLean: Somewhere Only We Know, Magic for Beginners, Remote, The Invisible World / My Name Is Oona, Gunvor Nelson / Rohfilm, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein / Sun in Your Head, Wolf Vostell / Khalil, Shaun, A Woman Under the Influence, Sharon Lockhart / Charles Manson, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein/ Television Delivers People, Richard Serra & Carlota Fay Schoolman / 625, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein / Energie!, Thorsten Fleisch / Contre-Jour, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller / Weissfilm, Wilhelm & Birgit Hein / Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Cleda’s Chairs, Inacurrencies, Four Walls Speaking of Revolt, Media and Beauty / La noche de enfrente – Night Across the Street, Raoul Ruiz / Ludwig Wüst: Tape End, Das Haus meines Vaters / It’s the Earth Not the Moon – É na terra não é na lua, Gonçalo Tocha / Fikret Atay, Ursula Blickle Video Archive / Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit – Redupers, Helke Sander / Pecker, John Waters / Ulysse, Agnès Varda / Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer, Thom Andersen / Ferry Radax: Hundertwasser – Leben in Spiralen, Hundertwasser in Neuseeland / Antony Gormley and the 4th Plinth, Mike Figgis / Backstory, Mark Lewis / Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy / Francis Bacon: The Brutality of Fact, Michael Blackwood / Miami Heights: Hernan Bas, Bill Bilowit / Super Art Market, Zoran Solomun / Andreas Gursky: Long Shot Close Up, Jan Schmidt-Garre / Mosaik im Vertrauen, Peter Kubelka / Sonne halt!, Ferry Radax / Le sang d’un poète, Jean Cocteau / 80 MILLION, Eslam Zeen El Abedeen & Mohamed Zayan / 2026, Maha Maamoun / SUSPENDED FREEDOM, May El Hossamy / PAYBACK, Omar Khaled / UNDER THE IRON, Agathe Dirani / KARIM, Omar El Shamy / IMAGES OF A CENTER, Iman Issa / WAHAB, Toni Serra (aka Abu Ali) / TELEMATCH SHELTER, Wael Shawky / RICE CITY, Sherif El Azma / EL CENTRAL – CALL CENTER, Mohamed Hammad / Carola Dertnig: A Car, Strangers, Dégueulasse, byketrouble, Some Exercise in Complex Seeing Is Needed / Özlem Sulak: Granny, Deutsches Auswandererhaus, September 12 / films by Herwig Weiser / videos by Zilla Leutenegger / Attica, Manon de Boer / Building, Anouk De Clercq / Le Guide du Parc, Sven Augustijnen / Speech Act, Herman Asselberghs / Painters Painting, Emile de Antonio / films by Stuart Sherman / Ketchup Kid, Film Academy Vienna / Über uns das All, Jan Schomburg / videos by Leopold Kessler / Thessaloniki, Albrecht/Cirillo / Knickers in the Night, Kathrin Pordzik / Gün ve Gece, Siegmund Skalar / Daniela Zahlner: RGB Donau (fishdisco), RGB Prater / films from the festival EXPERIMENTA India / Grand Marquis, gelatin / Aquele Querido Mês De Agosto – Our Beloved Month of August, Miguel Gomes / Boomerang, Richard Serra / Nancy Holt / Kontakthope, Ming Wong / In Free Fall, Hito Steyerl / Sweet Gras, Lucien Castaing-Taylor und Ilisa Barbash / Filme von Aleksander Komarov / Filme von Thomas Baumann und Martin Kaltner / Old Joy, Kelly Reichhardt / Kontakte, Empower me!, Auch wenn die Kost rein österreichisch ist, gibt sich die Küchenbelegschaft international, Geld zu finden, здесь деньги, Domesticated, Rap vom Rand, Die Rechte des Gehsteigs, On-the-scene, Anna Witt / Hand Movie, Volleyball, Rhode Island Red, Trio Film, Line, Yvonne Rainer / Salomania, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz / Tied and True, Wu Tsang / Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, The Lunch in Fur/Le Déjeuner en Fourrure, The Crystal Gaze, Interieurs, Acoustic Mirror, Ursula Mayer / Trailer Park, Constanze Ruhm und Christine Lang / marxism today (prologue), use! value! exchange!, Phil Collins / La France, Serge Bozon / A Vicious Undertow, Jesper Just / Liebeserklärung, Franz Kapfer / Cigarettesandwich, Ugo Rondinone / Cora Pongracz – Mut zur Hässlichkeit, Lore Kuntner


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