ArchiVistas – Past Traces and Future Perspectives
4 Oct 23–5 May 24
Celebrate 60 years of Kinemathek with us!
The Kinemathek has been collecting and preserving films and film-related material for 60 years. Over the decades, an outstanding collection has been created that documents the development of German film and television up to the present day. From the outset, the archives have been used to research film history and share information.
To mark this anniversary, we have invited filmmakers, artists, academics and students into our archives and collections to reflect on the future of audiovisual heritage. This has resulted in a wealth of ideas, knowledge and critical feedback, which we now present in an installation complementary to our permanent exhibition.
– Fatih Akin, director, producer and screenwriter
– Mo Asumang, director, producer, presenter and writer
– Bernd Buder und Lea Wohl von Haselberg, members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Jewish Film Festival collective
– Silke Buhr, set designer and professor of Production Design at the Film University Babelsberg
– Barbara Fickert, managing director of Kinoblindgänger GmbH
– Susanne Heinrich, director and writer
– Kimberley Kley und Alina Rausch, students of the Carlo Schmid Secondary School Berlin
– Andreas Krüger, consultant for Accessibility and Inclusion, Berlinische Galerie
– Alisa Rajewskaja und Philipp Hofen, students of art and visual history, Humboldt University Berlin
– Julian Rosefeldt, visual artist and professor of media art, Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
– Bénédicte Savoy, art historian and professor at the Technical University of Berlin
– Wieland Speck, director, actor and director of the Berlinale Panorama section (1992–2017)
Further contents of the installation
The Kinemathek has a range of different archives. First, there is the Film Heritage Department which contains the audiovisual collections, where film negatives and a collection of over 20,000 film prints are stored. Restorers in this department also work on damaged films and make restored films accessible to the public. More than 13,000 broadcasts in all television formats can be viewed in the Television Media Library.
We also hold collections with specialist archives, where materials to accompany films are stored and maintained, including the Photo Archive, Document Archive, Graphics Archive, Textile Archive, Technical Archive and 3D Object Archive. The Personal Papers and Company Archives contain material relating to film and TV personalities, such as the estate of Marlene Dietrich and TV journalist Georg Stefan Troller. From all these archives, we have compiled a selection of items that have recently been acquired by our institute in this installation.
Since the beginning of our anniversary year, many colleagues have been selecting films or items that resonate with them in particular, since an interest in our holdings and being able to work with these materials is a personal motivation for Deutsche Kinemathek employees. The selected films will be shown here at Kino Arsenal every month. You can read about the selection criteria for the chosen movies and collection items each month in our online magazine “Insights” (in German) or watch video clips of the discussions. You can also read and view all the contributions published so far in the lounge at the Kinemathek.
Facts and figures about the Deutsche Kinemathek
– More than 10,000 folders and envelopes are used in the archives as packaging archival material every year.
– The Textile Archive comprises more than 5,500 individual objects, of which some 3,200 belong to the Marlene Dietrich Collection.
– The most frequently used materials from the archives are those related to the films ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ and ‘Metropolis’.
– The Document Archive stores material relating to 72,500 film titles and more than 20,000 screenplays.
– The Graphics Archive stores costume and production designs for around 1,400 film and theatre projects, including more than 28,000 film posters.
– The Graphics Archive comprises almost 700 storage drawers.
– The photo archive contains around one million analogue photographs, slides, negatives and digital images, including material relating to around 45,000 film titles and 15,000 people.
–The Personal Papers and Company Archives holds the pre- and post-mortem bequests of more than 600 filmmakers from all professional groups in the film and television industry.
– The archive of production designer Sir Ken Adam alone comprises more than 6,000 drawings and sketches. This archival material is also available online at ken-adam-archiv.de.
– The Personal Papers and Company Archives contains over 160,000 sheets of correspondence from Hollywood agent Paul Kohner, among others.
– In the Television Media Library, more than 13,000 programmes shown on German licensed channels over the past seven decades are available.
– The exhibition ‘Loriot. A Homage’ attracted over 100,000 visitors in Berlin.
– Films from the archive are screened somewhere in the world every day.
– The most sought-after film from our film distribution library is ‘Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella’.
– The Deutsche Kinemathek has audiovisual material for 75,000 film titles.
– In 2022 alone, thirty-six film titles from the audiovisual collection of the Deutsche Kinemathek were restored.
– In total, the timespan of all the special exhibitions since the opening of the Film Museum in 2000, including external presentations, adds up to over forty-five years.
– Many Deutsche Kinemathek exhibitions have been shown worldwide – from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, Paris to Stockholm and Hong Kong to Melbourne.
– Over two million visitors have seen the permanent exhibition of the Deutsche Kinemathek so far.
– In total, the Deutsche Kinemathek on Potsdamer Platz has hosted more than eighty exhibitions and presentations.
– In 2023, the Retrospective, Berlinale Classics and Homage sections of the Berlin International Film Festival, directed and curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek, attracted over 23,000 visitors.
– Since 1977, the Deutsche Kinemathek has paid tribute to over forty outstanding figures in the field of international film.
– The library’s holdings comprise over 90,000 bound books, including monographs and journals.
– There are 316 rolls of microfilm containing historical film magazines.
Artistic Director, Board of Directors: Rainer Rother
Administrative Director, Board of Directors: Florian Bolenius
Project manager: Nils Warnecke
Curators: Vera Thomas, Nils Warnecke
Head of collections and exhibitions: Peter Mänz
Concept for interview selection: Anke Hahn, Elisa Jochum, Peter Mänz, Rainer Rother, Vera Thomas, Nils Warnecke, Friederike Zobel
Director and editor of film installation: Christina Voigt
Camera, sound and lighting for film installation: Joanna Piechotta, Christina Voigt
Portrait photos and documentation: Anna Rozkosny, Yanina Isla for the shoot with Mo Asumang
Interviews: Vera Thomas, Nils Warnecke, Kristina Jaspers, Jurek Sehrt
Exhibition coordination: Vera Thomas
Historical research: Rolf Aurich
Research assistants: Gunnar Gutschmidt, Amber Lynn Harper, Paul Strätz, Marie Straßberger
Scan Operator: Sebastian Herhaus
Exhibition architecture and construction: Camillo Kuschel Ausstellungsdesign, Berlin
Exhibition graphics: Felder KölnBerlin
Graphic production: Bartneck Print Artists
Audio description: Anke Nicolai
Videos in German Sign Language: ZFK Berlin/Brandenburg e.V.
English subtitles: subs Hamburg
Technical services: Frank Köppke, Roberti Siefert
Lighting and media installations: Stephan Werner
Text editing: Claudia Lüdtke
English translations: Lucy Jones
Conservational supervision (paper): Katharina Siedler
Head of Communications: Friederike Zobel
Advertising graphics: FÜNFZEHN
Press: Heidi Berit Zapke
Marketing: Jonas Haaf
Social Media: Jonas Malte Scheler
Website: Michaela Neukirch
Educational services: Jurek Sehrt, Thomas Zandegiacomo
Team assistance: Corina Berheide
Finance: Frank Namyslik (Head), Sybille Büttner, Petra Lehmann, Sebastian Thiel
Staff: Petra Treutler, Natalia Rocha
Thanks to interview partners: Fatih Akin, Mo Asumang, Bernd Buder, Silke Buhr, Barbara Fickert, Susanne Heinrich, Philipp Hofen, Kimberley Kley, Andreas Krüger, Alisa Rajewskaja, Alina Rausch, Julian Rosefeldt, Bénédicte Savoy, Wieland Speck, Lea Wohl von Haselberg
Thanks to collection donors: Fatih Akin, Silke Buhr, Lisy Christl, Nora Fingscheidt, Uli Hanisch, Benjamin Hembus, Thomas Mauch, Christa Merck, Sünke Michel, Ulrike Ottinger, Yves Rasch, Philipp Stölzl, Ziegler Film
Our special thanks go to all our colleagues at the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen.
ArchiVistas is funded by the
With the kind support of
Förderkreis der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V.