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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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


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


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



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

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



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

Group exhibitions


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



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



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



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


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



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

Bilderschlachten, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück

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


Deep Play, documenta 12, Kassel 2007


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


Generali Foundation, Vienna

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna



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



Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe



Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid



Museum of Modern Art New York