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Kurt Kren (September 20, 1929 - died in Vienna on June 23 1998) was an Austrian avantgarde filmmaker. He is best known for his involvement with the Vienna Aktionists and the group of films that resulted.

Biography

Kurt Kren was born in 1929 in Vienna, Austria to a family of a Jewish father (a bank employee) and German mother. From 1939 till the end of World War II Kren lived in Rotterdam, where he was sent with one of the Children's Transports. In 1947 Kren returned to Vienna, and his father provided him a job at the National Bank.

He began a film career in the early 1950s creating experimental short 8mm films. In 1957 he moved to the 16mm format.

In 1966, Kren participated in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London. In 1968 he visited the USA for the first time, showing his films in New York and St. Louis. After a participation in a happening "Kunst und Revolution" ("Art and Revolution") at the University of Vienna in 1968, Kren's films were confiscated and he was fired from the National Bank.

Kren participated in 1970 in the International Underground Film Festival (London, UK) and 1971 in the Cannes Film Festival. He moved to Cologne, Germany for five years.

Retrospective screenings took place in 1976 in National Film Theatre, London, 1978 in New York, 1979 in Museum of Modern Art, New York.

From 1978 until 1989 Kurt Kren lived in the USA, sometimes just in a car, traveling, making presentations and lectures at universities and film schools.

From 1983 until 1989 Kren did work as a security officer at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, USA).

Kren returned to his native Vienna in 1989. In the 1990s his works were presented worldwide, also by the major museums and cinematheques. He was a co-founder of the Vienna Institute of Direct Art and the Austrian Filmmakers Cooperative.

Kurt Kren died from pneumonia in Vienna, Austria in 1998.

Filmography

  • Das Walk (1956)
  • Rom (Fragment) (1956)
  • Klavier Salon 1. Stock (1956)
  • Mobiles (1957)
  • 1/57: Versuch mit synthetischem Ton (Test) / 1/57: Experiment with Synthetic Sound (Test) (1957)
  • 2/60: 48 Köpfe aus dem Szondi-Test / 2/60: 48 Heads from the Szondi-Test (1960)
  • 3/60: Bäume im Herbst / 3/60: Trees in Autumn (1960)
  • 5/62: Fenstergucker, Abfall, etc. / 5/62: People Looking Out of the Window, Trash, etc. (1962)
  • 6/64: Mama und Papa (Materialaktion Otto Mühl) / 6/64: Mom and Dad (An Otto Mühl Happening) (1964)
  • 7/64: Leda mit dem Schwan / 7/64: Leda and the Swan (1964)
  • 8/64: Ana - Aktion Brus / 8/64: Ana: Action Brus (1964)
  • 9/64: O Tannenbaum (1964) / 9/64: O Christmas Tree
  • 10/65: Selbstverstümmelung / 10/65: Self-Mutilation (1965)
  • 10b/65: Silber - Aktion Brus / 10b/65: Silver: Action Brus (1965)
  • 15/67: TV (1967)
  • 16/67: 20. September / 16/67: September 20 (1967)
  • 18/68: Venecia kaputt (1968)
  • 23/69: Underground Explosion (1969)
  • 26/71: Zeichenfilm - Balzac und das Auge Gottes / 26/71: Cartoon: Balzac and the Eye of God (1971)
  • 31/75: Asyl / 31/75: Asylum (1975)
  • 32/76: An W+B / 32/76: To W+B (1976)
  • 37/78: Tree Again (1978)
  • 38/79: Sentimental Punk (1979)
  • 39/81: Which Way to CA? (1981)
  • 40/81: Breakfast im Grauen (1981)
  • 41/82: Getting warm (1982)
  • No Film (1983)
  • 44/85: Foot'-age Shoot'-out (1985)
  • Trailer (1988)
  • Ein Fest (1991)
  • Tausendjahrekino / Thousand-Years-Cinema (1995)
  • 50/96 Snapspots (for Bruce) (1996)





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