Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki was born in 1944 in Neutitschein, an area in the Czech Republic, which had been annexed by the Germans at the time. For over 40 years he has lived and worked in Berlin. The work of the artist and film-maker has had a decisive influence on the history of the political film since the late 1960s. Besides over 100 productions made for  television and cinema, Farocki – as long-time author and editor of the magazine Filmkritik, curator, and visiting professor in Berkeley, Harvard and Vienna – has conveyed his reflections on the relation between society, politics and the moving picture. His huge significance for the visual arts is reflected in retrospectives of his films in institutions such as the Tate Modern/London, and solo exhibitions in the MUMOK [Museum of Modern Art]/Vienna, Jeu de Paume/Paris, Museum Ludwig/Cologne and more recently in the Kunsthaus/Bregenz. In 1997 and 2007, Farocki took part in the documenta in Kassel. For many years, the relation between technology and war has played a decisive role in Farocki's works.

 

On July 30th, 2014 Harun Farocki passed away near Berlin at the age of 70. For almost a decade Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac had the privilege to work with him and has valued him as an outstanding artist.

Solo exhibitions

2017


Empathie - Harun Farocki, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France


Exhibition Harun Farocki, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Harun Farocki. Parallel I - IV, MAMAC. Museé D'Art Modern, Nice, France


Harun Farocki and the Music, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany


Harun Farocki. By other Means, n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany


Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki. Labour in a Single Shot, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithunia


Harun Farocki: Counter Music, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


Harun Farocki Schreenshot, Galerie Art & Essai - université Rennes 2, France


Harun Farocki. "Deep Play", The Grand Café and LIVE, Ville de Saint-Nazaire, France


Harun Farocki. Parallel I - IV, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy


 


2016


Harun Farocki: Something else becomes Visible, Zarya. Center for contemporary art, Nowisibirsk, Russia


Harun Farocki - Antje Ehmann: 
Arbeitsverhältnisse, aut. Architektur und Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria.


Empathy, Fundacio Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain.


What is at Stake, Instituto Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, Spain.


Programming the Visible,
 Paco Das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil.


 


2015


Labour in a Single Shot, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.


Parallele I-IV, Akademie der schönen Künste, Munich, Germany.


Metaphor and Politics: The Tehran Retrospective of Harun Farocki, Ag Galerie, Sazmanab Gallery, Tehran, Iran.


Harun Farocki (1944-2014), 
Neue Sächsische Gallerie, Chemnitz, Germany.


Harun Farocki – Zbynek Baladrán, 
Center for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague, Czech Republic.


 


2014


Paralelle I-IV - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France.
Visión. Producción. Opresión. MUAC, Mexico, Mexico.
Ernste Spiele, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany.
Parallel I-IV - LOOP FAIR 2014, àngels barcelona-espai2, Barcelona
Harun Farocki, Greene Naftali, New York, NY, USA.
Harun Farocki. Videoarbeiten, Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall - Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.


Serious Games I-IV, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada.


Àngles Barcelona, Zona MACO Sur, Mexico City, Mexico.


Harun Farocki, Àngels Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


Unlimited: Harun Farocki – Kurzfilme 1967-83,
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.


Latest Work | A Tribute,Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.


Harun Farocki – Politics and Second Nature,
Instituto Ling, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Was Zählt! Harun Farocki / Ein Abend,
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.


4 films from 1967 - 1997. An Homage,
Àngels Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


Harun Farocki,
Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany.


Cinema that Expands,
Cine Cultura, Cine UFG – Samambaia Campus, Marietta Telles Cultural
Centre MIS - Exposition Room, Goiania, Brazil.


Seattle International Film Festival,
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA.


Before Your Eyes: Filme von Harun Farocki im Kunstraum,
Kunstraum, Munich, Germany.


Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen,Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany.


Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen,Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


 


2013


Serious Games I-IV, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada.
7 dager: Harun Farocki, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway.
Videoart at Midnight: Kino Babylon, Berlin, Germany.
Screening and Paneldiscussion Harun Farocki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Imagination At Work, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Instalaciones y filmes, Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Blown Up: Gaming and War, Gallery 101, Otawa, Canada.
Workers Leaving the Factory, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden.
Spielregeln, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany.
Harun Farocki - Side by Side, Argos - Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium.


Against What? Against Whom?, Ergostasio Fine Arts School, Athens, Greece.


 


2012


Imágenes del mundo: Harun Farocki, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
7 days: Harun Farocki, Point Center for the Arts, Nicosia, Cyprus.
7 dager: Harun Farocki, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway.
Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
Museo Nacional de Arte (Munal), Mexico, Mexico.


On the Desperate and Long-Neglected Need for Small Events,
Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, UK.


Harun Farocki,
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany.


Between Eye and Hand,
Former Hotel Pythagorion, Samos, Greece.


Ein neues Produkt,
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Haus
der Fotografie, Hamburg, Germany.


Seven Screens,
Osram, Munich, Germany.


Harun Farocki First Time in Warsaw,
Centre for Contemporary Art
Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland.


 


2011


Harun Farocki - Recognition and Tracking - The Model, Sligo


Harun Farocki: Images of War (at a Distance) - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY


Tout autour - Rundherum - Elaine Levy Project, Brussels


Image Works - Beirut Art Center, Beirut


Harun Farocki: Serious Games - Angels Barcelona, Barcelona


War At A Distance - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Salzburg, Austria


Harun Farocki : Tres Duplas Projeccoes, Galeria Palàcio Galveias, Lisbonne


Harun Farocki : A Cruz e a Prata, Lumiar Cité, Lisbonne


Harun Farocki, Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow


Harun Farocki. Deep Play, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg


Harun Farocki. Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades, Contact Gallery, Toronto




2010


Seven Screens: Harun Farocki—Umgießen, Osram Art Project, Munich


Harun Farocki: Soft Montages, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz


Harun Farocki: Deep Play - Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC




2009


Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom?, Raven Row, London


Harun Farocki. 22 Films 1968-2009, Tate Modern, London


Harun Farocki, Museum Ludwig, Cologne


Harun Farocki. Nicht ohne Risiko, Sprengel Museum, Hanover


 


2007


Eye / Machine I–III & On Construction of Griffith’s Films, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


Harun Farocki, MUMOK – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna


 


2004


Auge / Maschine I–III, ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe


Group exhibitions

2017


Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria


Please Come Back. The World as a prison?, IVAM. Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain


Remastered – Die Kunst der Aneignung, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria


Newwar. It's Just a Game?, Bandjoun Station Art Center, Cameroon


Schöne Neue Welten. Virtuelle Realitäten in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany


Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, Southest Asia Gallery in National Gallery Singapore, Singapore


Worl-Wide-Walks / Berlin - Lodz – Sofia, Kreativikum Eilbek, Hamburg, Germany


Manipulate The World. Connecting Öyvind Fahlström, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden


Open Codes, ZKM. Zentrum für Medienkunst, Karlsruhe, Germany


Mechanism, The Wattis Institut, San Francisco, USA


Presentation of the Collection, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria


Feedback # 1: Marshall Mc Luhen and the Arts, West Museumskwartier, Den Haag, The Netherlands


Deutschland 8 - Deutsche Kunst in China, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China


4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. New Literacy
Ural Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts NCCA-ROSIZO, Ekaterinburg, Russia


Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie – Farwell Photography, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany


Objekt Lessons, Kunstraum Ortloff, Leipzig, Germany


Im Spielrausch. Von Königinnen, Pixelmonstern und Drachentötern, MAK Kunst und Design. Museum für Angewandte Kunst Cologne, Germany


Arte Para Pensar La Nueva Razón Del Mundo, Museo de la Universidad Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Tech x space. accelerated dislocations and new topologies, Skuc Gallery, Llubljana, Czeck Republic


Perspectives on War, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA


The New Pantheon, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa


Will We Work?, AIL. Angewandte Innovation Laboratory, Vienna, Austria


Slow Violence: Tracing the Anthropocene, History Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark


After the Fact, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany


Images in Conflict, Galerie für Fotografie, Hannover, Germany


Weapon of Choice, John Jay College Gallery, New York, USA


AAH Room, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, Portugal


The Data Battlefield, Fotomusuem Antwerp, The Netherlands


Bodenlos: Vilém Flusser and the Arts, Gallery of Arts, University of Prague, Czech Republic


Out of Office. Büro-Kunst oder das Büro im Museum, Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany


Undead Cinema, Nam June Paik Center, Gyeonggi-gu, South Korea


Evidentiary Realism, NOME Gallery, Berlin, Germany + Fridman Gallery, New York, USA


Life World, Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turino, Italy


24/7, CentroCentro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain


Please Come Back. The World as a Prison?, MAXXI. Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy


Art in the Age of Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA, Boston, USA


Work in Motion. The video camera's eye on social and economic behavior, Fondazione Mast, Bologna, Italy


1966-2016, Greene Naftali Gallery


 


2016


Afterwork, ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Learning Laboratories. Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space around 1970, BAK, basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands


out of place, out of time, KM Kulturunea, Donostia San Sebastian, Spain


Ficciones y territorios. Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain


Räume schaffen, Museum der Moderne - Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria


Kunst in Europa 1945-1968. Der Kontinent, den die EU nicht kennt, ZKM. Zentrum für Medienkunst, Karlsruhe, Germany


Design and Violence, Science Gallery and MoMA, Dublin, Ireland


In Search of the Presence, EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Tapiola, Finland


+ ultra wissen schafft gestaltung, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany


Straub/Huillet/Weiss. Fremdheit gegenüber unserer engen, vertrauten Welt, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany


Grenzenlos grausam? Bilder der Gewalt in der Antiken Welt, Sklupturhalle Basel, Switzerland


Putting Rehearsals to the test, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, VOX - Centre de l’image contemporaine Montrel, Canada


Das Kapital: Schuld - Territorium – Utopie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany


Kalte Gesellschaft #2, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria


Manifesta 11. What People Do For Money: Some Joint Ventures, Stichting Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland


Camera(auto)contrôle, Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, Switzerland


Border imag(e)naries, àngels Barcelona (espai2), Barcelona | Spain


6x6 Positionen zur Fotografie, OÖ Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria


On Limits: Enstrangement in the Everyday, The Kitchen, New York, USA


THE NEW HUMAN, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden


Security Theatre, Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada


Beachhead's PEACE OF MIND, NZ, Auckland | New Zealand


Lo inconmensurable. Una idea de Europa, Centrocentro, Madrid, Spain


El mundo fue plano. Ahora es redondo
y será un holograma, El Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Mexico


Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Extra City, Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium


A Sense of History, Nordsternzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany


After Work, Para Site, Hongkong, China


Nervöse Systeme | Nervous Systems, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany


THE NEW HUMAN. Knock, Knock, Is Anyone Home?, Moderna Museet, Malmö,  Sweden


Hacking Habitat – Art of Control, Old prison building, Utrecht, The Netherlands


TELE-Gen - Die Sprache des Fernsehens im Spiegel der Kunst 1963-2005, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtensein


Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London, Great Britain


See Without Being Seen: The Contemporary Art of Drone Warfare, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, USA


How to build a universe that doesn't fall apart two days later, La Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France


 


2015


Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


All The World´s Futures, Venice Biennial 2015, Venice, Italy


Toys Redux – On Play and Critique, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland


Overtime : The Art of Work, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA


Body Politics, àngles Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


 


2013


Work Hard Play Hard: the surreal alienation of professional situations, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium.


Im Bilde: DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE 37 das festival des deutschsprachigen dokumentarfilms, Duisburg, Germany.


War and Trauma: Bart Marius & Yoon Hee Lamot, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium.


Capitalism Catch 22: Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands.


Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen: Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore MD


International Film Festival, the whole world fits in Lisbon, (curated by Susana de Sousa Dias) - Doclisboa, Lisboa


International Film Festival, Moving Stills - Photography, Photographers and Documentary Film (curated by Federico Rossin) - Doclisboa, Lisboa


Dream Factory, Exuberant Politics, (curated by Aily Nash & Andrew Norman Wilson) - W151 Tippie Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City


Kino B: Contemporary Cinema by Berlin-based Artists, (curated by Caroline Koebel Mary Magsamen) - Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX


Games reflexions. Le jeu vidéo comme reflets du réel, (curated by Isabelle Arvers Alexia Bayet) - Arts visuels - Le Carreau, Cergy


Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and globalization: artistic practices during the 80s


and 90s. (curated by Manuel J. Borja-Villel) - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid


Par les temps qui courent (curated by Bertrand Franck & Emeline Coulon) - Le Grand Café Centre for Contemporary Art, Saint-Nazaire


1st International Documentary Festival, Aegean Docs, (curated by Chara Lampidou) - Story Doc, Athens


Intervalls, (curated by Chema González) - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid


The Prose of the World, (curated by Yang Beichen & Hao Jingban) - OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen


93 (curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez) - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela


Filmästhetische Forschung, (curated by Annette Lingg) Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin


International Documentary Festival (curated by Apolline Caron-Ottavi & Gabrielle Dupont) - Montréal


Spekulantenwahn. Zwischen ökonomischer Rationalität und medialer Imagination (curated by Florian Wüst) - Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin


Wir stellen ein. Perspektiven und Entwürfe von Arbeit im Film (curated by Corinna Kühn), Filmhaus, Köln


Festival Cinéma Documentaire: Filmer à tout Prix (curated by Céline Brouwe) - Flagey Cinematek, Brussels


Brot und Spiele (curated by Milena Mercer) - Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin


La Otra Bienal, (curated by Elisabeth Vollert & Gabriela Salgado) - Bogotá


International Documentary Film Festival (curated by Mads Mikkelsen) - Copenhagen


Viennale '13, International Film Festival (curated by Hans Hurch) - Vienna


 


2012


ArtandPress, Gropius Bau, Berlin


L’homme de Vitruve, Le Crédac – La Manufacture des Oeillets, Ivry-sur-Seine


Parallele I - Taipei Biennale, Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires


The World is Not Fair – The Great World’s Fair 2012 - Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, Germany


 


2011


Exposed—Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870, Tate Modern, London, SF MOMA (San Francisco Museum of Art), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis 2010 / 11


Evento 2011 – Strange and Close, Musée d’art contemporain, CAPC, Bordeaux, France


Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative, Tokyo Metroplitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo


29th Bienal des Sao Paulo, Touring Program, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo


La Virreina, Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona


Labytinth, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz


Disobey at all costs, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City




2010


Platform 2010 “Projected Image,” Artsonje Center, Seoul


Transitland in Trieste, Studio Tommaseo – Istituto per la documentazione e diffusione delle Arti, Trieste


Principio Postosí / Das Potosí-Prinzip, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


29th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo


MyWar. Partizipation in Kriegszeiten, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg


 


2009


HF/RG. Harun Farocki / Rodney Graham, Jeu de Paume, Paris


Bilderschlachten, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück


Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki. Feastings or Flying, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana  




2007


Deep Play, documenta 12, Kassel 2007


Bibliography

HARUN FAROCKI: ZEHN, ZWANZIG, DREISSIG, VIERZIG. Fragment einer Autobiografie. Schriften, Bd. 1. n.b.k. Diskurs 10, Koening Books, Berlin 2017


Against What? Against Whom?, Koenig Books, London 2010 


Rote Berta Geht Ohne Liebe Wandern, Cologne 2009


Kino wie noch nie / Cinema like never before (with Antje Ehmann), Cologne 2006


Working the Sight-lines, Amsterdam University Press 2004


Imprint / Nachdruck, Berlin and New York 2001


Speaking about Godard, New York Press 1998


Public and private collections

Austria


Generali Foundation, Vienna


momok, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna


 


Australia


Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


 


France


Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris


LaM, Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq


 


Germany


Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin


ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe


Collection of the Bundesrepublik Germany


Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin


Collection Goetz, Munich


 


Italy


Collection Re Rebaudengo, Turin


 


Spain


MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid


 


Switzerland


Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne


Migros Museum, Zurich


 


UK


Tate, London


 


USA


MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York