Some are mischievous and funny, others poignant or frightening: the Dada marionettes of Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp were made for movement and action. And yet they have been activated only a few times since their creation in 1918, spending almost one hundred years in the archives of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich or on display as art objects in museums.
These fantastical creations of the avant-garde are now given new life at Tate Modern in the short film « Marionettes in Motion » (7 mintues, Switzerland, 2021) by Marina Rumjanzewa.
Using performance replicas of the marionettes, the film produced by Narrative Boutique GmbH was developed on the occasion of the exhibition « Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Living Abstraction » at Kunstmuseum Basel in spring 2021, in co-production with Kunstmuseum Basel and in cooperation with the Decorative Arts Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK, the Department of Film and the Performing Arts / ZHdK and the Basler Marionetten Theater. The exhibition will open on July 15th.
«MARIONETTES IN MOTION», 2021
- WRITER AND DIRECTION
- EDITING AND SOUND DESIGN
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- COORDINATOR, ZHDK FILM STUDIO
- STUDIO MANAGER, ZHDK FILM STUDIO
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Luzian Choffat, Rosse Henderson-Cressy, Seline Imhasly, Julian Meier
Narrative Boutique GmbH
Decorative Arts Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK, the Department of Film and the Performing Arts / ZHdK, Basler Marionetten Theater
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Marina Rumjanzewa is a filmmaker and writer based in Switzerland. Her works include the documentary films « Sophie Taeuber Arp – An Unknown Art Pioneer » and The Dada Principle, featured at international film festivals and on public television.
More about « Marionettes in Motion » and « Dada Dance »: www.dada-dance.com