Butchers, Dragons, Gods, and Skeletons: Film Installations by Philip Haas Inspired by Works in the Collection

Butchers, Dragons, Gods, and Skeletons: Film Installations by Philip Haas Inspired by Works in the Collection

July 18, 2009 to October 25, 2009

This summer the Kimbell is premiering a series of film installations commissioned from the distinguished filmmaker Philip Haas. Through moving images shown in specially created environments, Haas interprets and literally brings to life works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. His film installations appear throughout the galleries, each next to the work that was its inspiration. The project is a new departure for the Kimbell and possibly the first such venture in any museum.

Haas’s films are poetic and sensuous rather than documentary––interpretations that stand as powerful works of art in themselves. On occasion the flow of imagery stops on an uncanny re-creation of the chosen original, as though the original were a still that magically preceded the film, now realized. All the films are accompanied by original music.

In this debut exhibition at the Kimbell, the installations complement a full display of the permanent collection. By no means will their life end there, however. The Museum will continue to show them on an occasional basis, in groups or singly, both at the Kimbell and elsewhere, and to use them in various kinds of education and outreach.