The Executioner & The Red Forest
Welcome to a screening of two of Ursula Reuter Christiansen's films together with a short introduction by the artist, in connection with the ongoing exhibition ‘I am my pictures - my pictures are me’ at Oslo Kunstforening.
‘The Red Forest’ and ‘The Executioner’ are both examples of films that, with a symbolic narrative form, approach a female aesthetic, which stems from the female visual artists' awareness of the new women's liberation movement.
About the films
"The Executioner is a musical legend about a woman's humiliation and exaltation. The story of my own funeral and the funeral of the legendary woman, and the push for a new life in other contexts where she can perceive herself productively in a sensible society. Now she is a by-product of the man, preoccupied with her own feelings, longings, desires, and memories. It is heavy ballast. The flower wreath must be removed, but like a crown of thorns it is pressed well down over the forehead, it is almost impossible to tear off." (Ursula Reuter Christiansen about the film).
In ‘The Red Forest’, which came 15 years after ‘The Executioner’, Ursula Reuter Christiansen again works with dramatic, allegorical, and adventurous elements in tableaux and symbol-laden scenes. In ‘The Executioner’ the feminist perspective is the woman's role as the mother of her first, newborn, child and again in ‘The Red Forest’ she processes the mother-daughter relationship, but in perspective of puberty's confrontation with childhood.
About the filmmaker
Ursula Reuter Christiansen (b. 1943 in Trier) has lived most of her life in Denmark. graduated from the Akademie der Künste in Düsseldorf under Professor Joseph Beuys in 1969. She was married to the Danish composer Henning Christiansen (1932-2008), and in 1970 they moved to Askeby on the Danish island of Møn, where Ursula Reuter Christiansen continues to live and work.
Reuter Christiansen was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HfBK) 1992-96 and professor of painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen 1997- 2006. She represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2001 together with Henning Christiansen. In recent years, Reuter Christiansen has exhibited at Kunsthal Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense (2000), MOCA, Los Angelses (2007), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2016), Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen 2018, Leipzig Kunstmuseum, 2019, Gallery SABSAY Copenhagen 2019 and The Box Gallery, Los Angeles 2019. In 2011, Ursula Reuter Christiansen was awarded the Eckersberg Medal for her achievements.
‘I am my pictures - my pictures are me’, is Ursula Reuter Christiansen's first solo exhibition in Norway. The exhibition is produced together with Kristiansand Kunsthall and in close collaboration with visual artist Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen, Reuter Christiansen's youngest son.