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. Quem é responsável?, IMS, Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Harun Farocki: What ought To Be Done? Work & Life, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, Seoul, Korea



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

Harun Farocki: Images contre elles-mêmesCentre Pompidou, Paris, France

Harun Farocki. Parallel I - IV, MAMAC. Musée 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



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.



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


Phantoms of Perception, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

Picture Industry, Luma, Arles, France

Die Konstruktion der Welt (Kunst und Ökonomie), Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany

Die Landschaft der Technik, Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany

Der Wert der Freiheit, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
Stillleben in der Fotografie der Gegenwart
, Kunst Haus, Vienna, Austria

Trans-Justice: Para-Colonial@Technology,  MOCA, Tapei, Taiwan

No War No Vietnam, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

Virtual Insanity, Kunsthalle, Mainz, Germany
Kunst in Bewegung. 100 Meisterwerke mit und durch Medien. Ein operationaler Kanon, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Other Mechanisms,
Secession, Vienna, Austria

Kaleidoskop Worpswede. Kunstwerk, Landschaft, Lebensort, Worpswede die Museen, Germany

Das Runde und das Eckige. Fußball in der Kunst, Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg,  Germany

7. Triennale der Photografie. Control | No Control, Kunsthalle, Hamburger, Germany

Ein gemachter Mensch. Künstlerische Fragen an Identitäten, Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning, Germany

Geld Wahn Sinn, Stiftung Reinbeckhallen Sammlung für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany

Studio Eine Phantstik, Shedhalle, Zürich, Schweiz

A Study in Scarlett, Frac, Ile-de-France, France

Das Wesentliche an der Arbeit ist unsichtbar, Museum Arbeitswelt, Steyr, Austria

General Rehearsal. A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA and KADIST, MMOMA, Moskow, Russia

The Habitat of Time, Casula Powerhouse, Syndney, Australia

Eastern Sugar, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia

Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

On Struggling to Remain Present When You Want to Dissapear, OCAT, Shanghai, China

Hello World. Revision einer Sammlung, Hamburger Bahnhof , Berlin, Germany

Post Institutional Stress Disorder (PISD), Kunsthal, Aarhus, Danmark

Kunst der Revolte / Revolte der Kunst, Studierendenhaus, Frankfurt, Germany

Faithless Pictures, National Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Reflections for the Future
, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia


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



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



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

Public and private collections


Generali Foundation, Vienna

momok, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna



Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane



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

Collection of the Bundesrepublik Germany

Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Collection Goetz, Munich



Collection Re Rebaudengo, Turin



MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid



Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

Migros Museum, Zurich



Tate, London



MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York