Caspar David Friedrich is considered one of the greatest landscape painters ever. Almost forgotten after his death, his fog-shrouded landscapes and lonely mountains were able to unfold an unimagined effect in the 20th century. The one-hour Arte documentary “Caspar David Friedrich. Wanderer between the Worlds” by Nicola Graef and Frauke Schlieckau tells of the painter’s life in Greifswald and Dresden and searches for traces in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and on the Baltic Sea. Now the film can be seen in the exhibition “Caspar David Friedrich and the Harbingers of Romanticism” at the Museum Georg Schäfer.
The art journal Monopol writes in its “11 Art Films Worth Watching in November” about Frauke Schlieckau’s documentary “The Painter Alice Neel. Faces of America”: “The film is a sensitive approach to a chronicler of her time and an appreciation of her (late-discovered) art.” You can find the full Monopol article, here.
The painter Alice Neel: Faces of America”, to be seen in the Arte Media Library, until 6 January 2023.
The art magazine Monopol has this to say about “Rembrandts Century: Art, Market and Business”: “For her documentary, the film’s maker Frauke Schlieckau looked over the shoulder of Rembrandt collector Thomas Kaplan, among others, as he opened a box containing the smallest of Rembrandt’s paintings. She zoomed in on paintings that are usually hidden from public view. She also spoke with Baukje Coenen of Sotheby’s about the (metaphorical and literal) complexity of the paintings – and about how restorers bring their secrets to light. The result is a tribute to the Dutch golden boy, sustained by the interviewees’ love of his paintings. It’s a film that paints a picture of the era that produced Rembrandt, contrasts him with other painters of his own time like Jan Vermeer, and illuminates what is still admired about him today.”
With more than 20 million albums sold, Herbert Grönemeyer is considered the most successful German musician of all time.
For ARTE, this is an occasion to honor the work of this exceptional talent with the documentary “Mensch.Herbert“, which picks out special highlights from the various decades and areas of his career and fans them out kaleidoscopically. The result is a mixture of film and multiple video installation in a post-industrial look. The film enables the audience to get unusually close to Germany’s model musicians, especially through the close interweaving of archive material and detailed, very personal statements by Grönemeyer. The film can now also be seen in the Arte media library.
Documentation 2016, directed by Hannes Rossacher with the collaboration of Frauke Schlieckau. A production by Kobalt Productions.
Caspar David Friedrich is a monumental artist, a wanderer between different worlds, between past and present. His works speak of feelings that each of us knows, tell of longing, loneliness, being abandoned. The painter’s paintings are pervaded by a melancholy that serves as his cloak. A cloak in which he wraps the person to make the experience of loneliness and the knowledge of death more bearable. Friedrich found this feeling in himself. The early Romanticist held the opinion that a painter should not paint what he sees before him, but what he sees in himself. A resolution he pursued relentlessly and implemented consistently. This enabled him to capture a universal experience on canvas: The inevitability of knowing that we enter the world alone and leave alone. This is precisely why Caspar David Friedrich’s work is so timeless.
Director: Nicola Graef / Frauke Schlieckau, a Lona Media production
Jérôme Bel is one of the stars of the international dance scene. His pieces are shown all over the world, from Australia to Thailand to America. For years, the Frenchman did travel around the world with his dancers, but that is all over now. Jerome Bel doesn’t fly anymore, for the sake of the climate. For Arte Metropolis, Frauke Schlieckau visited the choreographer in Paris and talked to him about the impact his climate activism has on his art.
The Heidelberg Castle is the most popular sightseeing spot in Germany and attracts countless of visitors to the Neckar Valley every year. Thanks to its picturesque ruins and a doll’s house like old town, Heidelberg has become a romantic destination in our minds. A city as a postcard idyll. But what about the cultural scene apart from the well-known clichés? For Arte Metropolis Frauke Schlieckau visits Heidelberg and talks to the German hiphop legend Toni L. from Advanced Chemistry, the publisher Manfred Metzner and the artist Cholud Kassem to find out.
Contemporary art has a hard time. “Awesome”, “absurd”, “incomprehensible”, many people think so and leave the discourse to the intellectual upper class. Yet anyone could understand art – if only one more language would establish itself: That of emotions. At least that’s the opinion of Bernhard Schwenk and Nicola Graef, the curators of the exhibition “Feelings” in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne. For Arte Metropolis, Frauke Schlieckau traces the role that emotions play in art and meets the artists Ruprecht von Kaufmann and Alexandra Ranner in their studios.
IN PRODUCTION: AUGUST DIEHL AND VALERIE PACHNER ABOUT TERRENCE MALICK AND HIS NEW FILM “A HIDDEN LIFE” – FOR ARTE METROPOLIS
In 1997 the farmer Franz Jägerstätter was beatified. The pious Catholic had refused military service and the oath to Hitler for reasons of conscience in the Third Reich, but he was sentenced to death and executed. Director Terrence Malick now sets a monument to this martyr. A conversation with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner about an unusual history of resistance and the work with the poet among the directors. (via Kobalt Productions)