There’s a lovely exhibition on right now at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam on the life’s work of German film-maker Oskar Fischniger. ’1900-1967 – Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction’ explores everything from the early experiments right through to the more accomplished shorts and the special FX work for the likes of Fritz Lang. Fischinger may not have been totally appreciated in his own lifetime, but his body of work went on to influence some of the great moving image artists that followed including Harry Smith and John Witney. It’s a fascinating exhibition and a unique chance to see the films up on big screens. Also accompanying the video work are personal letters, animation cells and a few large-scale oil paintings which are pretty great in their own right. The exhibition runs until 17th March 2013 and highly recommend if you’re in Amsterdam. The EYE and Centre For Visual Music have also published a nice book to accompany the show which is available at the EYE now and will receive wider distribution by Thames & Hudson in January.
Lots more info on Oskar Fischinger here -> Centre For Visual Music