Center for Visual Music is please to announce that our Oskar Fischinger: *Raumlichtkunst *exhibition in San Francisco has been extended through *February 10*, at Weinstein Gallery's SoMA location. The exhibition also includes animation paintings and artwork by Fischinger (much from the film *Radio Dynamics*), plus some ephemera from CVM's collection. *Raumlichtkunst* is the Fischinger installation recently exhibited at Whitney Museum, NY; Tate Modern, London; Len Lye Centre, NZ; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and other venues worldwide. There are no other California exhibitions planned at this time, it's worth a trip to San Francisco now.
I'm scheduled to give a talk on Oskar Fischinger and *Raumlichtkunst*, and an exhibition walk-through, on *Wed Jan 31* at 6-8 pm at the Gallery. Details to follow at CVM and the Gallery's websites soon. Gallery hours are Tues-Sat, 10-5. Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina, SF. Original press release follows. For those interested in Fischinger, CVM has also just released a new Fischinger DVD (see our website). best regards, Cindy Keefer Curator/Archivist Center for Visual Music www.centerforvisualmusic.org CVM email = cvmaccess (at) gmail.com *ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (Date updated)* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Weinstein Gallery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with the West Coast premiere of * *Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (c.1926/2012) * *Three-projector HD Reconstruction by Center for Visual Music* *"Dazzling...an exhilarating phantasmagoria of abstraction and metaphor" - New York Times * *December 16 — February 10, 2018 * Weinstein Gallery - SOMA 444 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA www.weinstein.com Exhibition Hours: Tuesday—Saturday | 10AM—5PM Weinstein Gallery is pleased to announce the celebration of its 25th Anniversary with the West Coast premiere of the extraordinary avant-garde film experience* Raumlichtkunst *(c.1926/2012) by German-American artist Oskar Fischinger, as an HD three-projector reconstruction by Center for Visual Music. Versions of these groundbreaking immersive multimedia performances were originally performed circa 1926 in Weimar Germany by Fischinger, and in 2017 the acclaimed reconstruction will be presented under Weinstein’s PUBLIC programming umbrella at its SOMA warehouse space. *Raumlichtkunst, *which translates to Space Light Art, is a large-scale immersive black box installation with Fischinger’s looped abstract imagery accompanied by avant-garde music. The work is considered an early precursor to expanded cinema, immersive media environments and 1960s psychedelic light shows. Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967) was a German-American filmmaker, animator and artist who began performing multiple projector cinema shows in Munich in the 1920s with up to five 35mm film projectors, reels of his abstract films, color filters and slides. His early shows represent some of the first known attempts at creating immersive cinematic environments. Fischinger’s early abstract experiments push aside narrative and reduce cinema to pure plane, scale, motion and color. Many of his other abstract films were screened worldwide, and some are among the first music videos. As the rise of the Third Reich plagued Germany and abstract art became classified as degenerate, Fischinger made contact with studios in Hollywood who sponsored his relocation to America. In the late 1930s Fischinger would go on to contribute and influence films like* Fantasia *but ultimately broke with the studio system in order to return to his personal artistic vision. *Raumlichtkunst *(c.*1926/2012*) is an HD black box installation, meticulously restored by the Center for Visual Music (CVM) from Fischinger’s original 1920s 35mm nitrate film, and then digitally reconstructed for exhibition with accompanying music by Varese and John Cage and Lou Harrison. Because few records of the original events exist, this reconstruction captures the concept and experience of the performances rather than representing one particular show. Since the restoration of the work, *Raumlichtkunst *(c.1926/2012) has been presented at the Whitney Museum, New York in 2012 and again 2016-17; the Tate Modern, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. While *Raumlichtkunst* was created at a pivotal stage in Fischinger’s career, Weinstein Gallery will also exhibit selected works from Fischinger’s practice in order to present a snapshot of the artist’s creative production and his exciting contribution to Modernism. On view will be drawings from his pioneering experiments in synthetic, “ornament” sound in the early 1930s; small paintings used to create the well known short film* Radio Dynamics *and other paintings made later in his life. Alongside these works, viewers will also be able to view ephemera including correspondence with Hilla Rebay (who sponsored Fischinger in the early 1940s), plus various ephemera from throughout his animation career. On Rowland Weinstein’s decision to present* Raumlichtkunst* (c.1926/2012) for the 25th anniversary of the gallery, he states: Over the past 25 years Weinstein Gallery’s program has tracked the movement of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism from Europe to North America. The story of art from interwar Europe with Surrealists and nonobjective painters has been at the heart of what we exhibit. We want to invite the public to see this seminal work of art from Oskar Fischinger as a way to appreciate the brilliance and innovation that came out of such a fraught time in our global history as a reminder of what the human spirit is capable of, even — and maybe especially — in dark times. Notable for its recent exhibition history in New York and all over the world it made sense to bring this work to the West Coast in a time when our community needs inspiration. Further detailed information on Oskar Fischinger can be found at Center for Visual Music, www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Fischinger About Center For Visual Music: Center for Visual Music (CVM) is a nonprofit archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media. CVM is committed to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork. CVM’s films and programs are featured in museums and cultural centers worldwide. CVM owns Fischinger’s films and papers, which they continue to preserve, promote and distribute. www.centerforvisualmusic.org About Weinstein Gallery: Weinstein Gallery was established in 1992 and specializes in non-objective and Surrealist art from pre-war Europe through the New York School and Abstract Expressionism. The gallery represents the estates of Enrico Donati, Gerome Kamrowski, and David Hare, as well as Rudolf Bauer and Hassel Smith. Additionally, the gallery is recognized for its collection and commitment to the women of the Surrealist movement with an extensive collection of Leonor Fini and signature works by Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, Stella Snead, Juanita Guccione, and Dorothea Tanning. The Surrealism collection includes major works by Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Oscar Domínguez, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, and Kurt Seligmann. www.weinstein.com <https://www.dropbox.com/referrer_cleansing_redirect?hmac=wCs2wgrYWIUSex%2F5kaoBGGbKfzQrejis1GiiJ%2Bbx9Fs%3D&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.weinstein.com>
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