The Exhibition, short film, 2005, DV PAL, colour, sound, 19:16 min
"Whether or not and how the Arts can be helped one asks oneself in the film THE EXHIBITION (2005) by Juliane Zelwies.
A parody on PPP (private/public partnership), which one can't imagine to be more caustic.
Remarkably comical - apart from what the institutions around them understand as "art" and worthy of support: the artists' jump on the bandwagon to rise to fame and money."
(Text: Heinz Emigholz)
The four recipients of the art award, which is given every year by the power plant corporation ELUX, are invited to discuss the conditions of the planned exhibition.
When the manager suddenly leaves the meeting and the artists are left behind with the moderator, it becomes clear that not even the basics for the exhibition are predecided. While the corporation wants to establish the subject of the exhibition, the artists insist on their artistic freedom.
Knowing that all following ideas are useless and redundant, the meeting turns for all participants
into an hopeless nightmare.