Ulrike Ottinger, Begegnung im Grasland, 1988. Colour photograph. Context: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Altan Gol, Mongolia. Courtesy of the artist.

Still Moving: The Films and Photographs of Ulrike Ottinger

20 April – 29 July 2018
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free

This solo exhibition profiles the influential filmmaker and artist Ulrike Ottinger, whose work has rarely been exhibited in the UK.

Still Moving features a range of Ottinger’s photographic prints and some short film works.

This is the first solo exhibition of Ulrike Ottinger’s films and photographs to take place in a UK art gallery and is part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018. A special programme of screenings of her feature-length work accompanies the exhibition during the Festival (20 April – 8 May).

Image: Ulrike Ottinger, Begegnung im Grasland, 1988. Colour photograph. Context: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Altan Gol, Mongolia. Courtesy of the artist/Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion.

Still Moving Screening Programme

23 April - 7 May 2018
Kelvin Hall
Tickets £4.00 / £3.00 or £10.00/£8.00 Season Ticket

To accompany the exhibition Still Moving: The films and photographs of Ulrike Ottinger, The Hunterian presents a mini-retrospective of Ottinger’s feature-length film works. Running throughout Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, this programme is a rare chance to see these influential, genre-crossing, visually stunning films in cinema screenings. The programme begins with the so-called Berlin Trilogy, which uses that iconic cityscape as a setting for transgressive, satirical explorations of individual identity, world history, and modern media. It also includes works from the late 1980s to the present which focus on cross-cultural encounters and which fuse ethnographic documentary with fantastical or mythological narratives.

Season Ticket with entry to all films: £10.00 / £8.00 (concession - students, unwaged, OAP)
Single Screening: £4.00 / £3.00


Ticket of No Return (1979, 107 mins)
Monday 23 April 2018
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Freak Orlando (1981, 126 mins)
Friday 27 April 2018
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Dorian Gray (1984, 150 mins)
Sunday 29 April 2018
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Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989, 165 mins)
Monday 30 April 2018
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Korean Wedding Chest (2008, 82 mins)
Friday 4 May 2018
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Under Snow (2011, 103 mins)
Monday 7 May 2018
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Artist Talk: Ulrike Ottinger

‌Friday 20 April 2018
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Goethe Institut, Glasgow
Admission free - booking required

Goethe logo‌For Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018, The Hunterian presents Still Moving: The films and photographs of Ulrike Ottinger, the first Scottish exhibition of renowned Berlin-based artist Ulrike Ottinger.

Join Ulrike and Hunterian curator Dr Dominic Paterson at the Goethe Institut to hear her introduce the exhibition and her wider artistic practice.

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About the artist:

Ulrike Ottinger was born in Konstanz, Germany in 1942. Initially working as an artist in Paris, where she made Pop-influenced paintings, she moved to Berlin in 1973 and gradually embarked on a series of experimental film works. Among Ottinger’s notable feature-length films are Madame X (1977), a coproduction with the ZDF television network, and the Berlin Trilogy of Ticket Of No Return (1979), followed by Freak Orlando (1981) - described as ‘a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty and the commonplace' - and Dorian Gray In The Mirror Of The Yellow Press (1984). A series of quasi-ethnographic documentaries followed, including China. The Arts – The People (1985), the hybrid travelogue / fantasy Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989), and the eight-hour Taiga (1992). Subsequent projects include films applying an ethnographic lens to Ottinger’s own culture, such as Countdown (1990), and Prater (2007). Throughout her career Ottinger has also made photographs, created largely in parallel with the film works.

Ottinger has taken part in many major art exhibitions, including Biennale di Venezia (1980), Documenta (2002), the Berlin Biennale (2004), the Gwanju Biennial (2014), and EVA International, Limerick (2016), among others. She has had solo exhibitions at institutions including Witte-de-With Museum in Rotterdam, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, Kunst-Werke Berlin, and the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. In 2011 she was awarded the Hannah-Höch-Prize for her creative work. The German Film Critics Association awarded Ottinger's twelve-hour film CHAMISSO'S SHADOW as Best Documentary 2016 at the Berlin Film Festival.

"Deliriously sumptuous and transgressive, Ulrike Ottinger's world can hardly be confused with humdrum reality. Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels, a journey alternately dazzling, infuriating, hilarious, and rewarding. Mongolian nomads, feral feminists, and Shanghai and Jewish culture rub elbows in the oeuvre of a unique filmmaker who combines an outlaw's spirit and an ethnographer's eye with an artist's sense of wonder." (Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice).

Goethe Institut
3 Park Circus
Glasgow G3 6AX

Tel: 0141 3322555
Email: info-glasgow@goethe.de

Mobilisations: Still Moving

As part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, The Hunterian is presenting Still Moving, a retrospective of the work of Berlin-based artist and filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger.

Mobilisations is an associated programme of events that takes Ottinger’s work and the context of The Hunterian collection as its points of departure. Through three workshops and two commissions, Mobilisations will offer critical insights into key themes in Still Moving.

The programme is curated by Lydia Honeybone, Xiaolian Lan, Christiana Myers and Joshua Speer (Masters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art), 2017-18).

Places are limited. Booking essential.

Entry to an evening screening of one of Ottinger’s feature-length films is included in the booking fee for each event.


Monday 23 April 2018
12.00pm - 4.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery Lecture Theatre
Tickets £3.00

A day-long workshop led by artist Andrew Black looking at contemporary and historical representations of queer people in artists’ films.

Drawing on themes of the performance of gender/sexuality and queer culture in Ottinger’s work, the workshop aims to understand the lineage of the representation of queer people on film. It will compare contemporary and historical, art and media references from The Hunterian’s exhibition, YouTube videos and Black’s own artistic practice. James Mackay, producer of many of Derek Jarman’s films, will introduce excerpts from Jarman’s The Garden and Glitterbug as part of the programme. This event will be an inclusive opportunity for discussion through screenings, lunch and talks, in readiness for the evening screening of Ottinger’s film Ticket of No Return (1979) at Kelvin Hall.

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Monday 30 April 2018
11.00am - 1.30pm
The Hunterian Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall
Tickets £3.00
Places are limited

Carnival of Objects is a study day utilising a wide range of objects from The Hunterian’s vast collections. The objects selected all relate to themes of carnival, costume, and fantasy which are central to the work of Ulrike Ottinger. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds including art history, contemporary art, queer theory, and more, will discuss these objects with the workshop participants, offering diverse and unconventional approaches to the study of art and artefacts.

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Monday 7 May 2018
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Meet at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street
Tickets £3.00
Places are limited

RiverCity: the way is the reason is a walking tour led by artist Anthony Schrag. The journey offers a unique opportunity to re-discover how waterways made Glasgow an important city both in the medieval and industrial periods. Starting from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the tour loops back to the Hunterian Art Gallery, Scotland’s oldest public museum, where the artist will deliver a talk exploring the role of art within the public realm, informed by his 2638 km 'contemporary pilgrimage' walk from Huntly (Aberdeenshire) to the Venice Biennale in 2015.

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Monday 7 May 2018
A newly commissioned performance by the interdisciplinary group Stasis in collaboration with visual artist Lewis den Hertog.

Using a sporting site within Kelvin Hall, this performance by Stasis will reflect the unusual historical and contemporary uses of Kelvin Hall: from sermons to circuses, library to gym. Working with themes of outlandish performance found in Ottinger’s work, Stasis and den Hertog have developed a site-specific performance as a social commentary on ideas of wellness, the multidisciplinary uses of the site, and its history of civic responsibility.

23 April - 7 May 2018
Using Ottinger’s films as a catalyst, Edinburgh-based artist Stephanie Mann will be commissioned to produce a print for Glasgow International as part of the Mobilisations programme.

The commission aims to open up The Hunterian collection to those that may not be able to access these behind-the-scenes spaces. Through active investigation and exploration into the archives, Stephanie will produce a new piece of work that brings together objects from the collection; giving prominence to their being.

The work will be made into an editioned print, freely available for audience members of the Mobilisations and film screenings to take away.