Contact | Ingmar Bergman & the pianist Käbi Laretei (1959)

Lennart Nilsson: Ingmar Bergman and Käbi Laretei, 1959
Lennart Nilsson: Ingmar Bergman and Käbi Laretei, 1959

"It’s a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops 
relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and 
being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then."

Ingmar Bergman

Käbi Laretei was an international concert pianist and the fourth wife of Ingmar Bergman(...)

Lennart Nilsson: Ingmar Bergman and Käbi Laretei, 1959
Lennart Nilsson: Ingmar Bergman and Käbi Laretei, 1959

Postcards III | Tristan Tzara / Paul Eluard / Hugo Ball / Marcel Duchamp / Katherine Dreier / Max Bergmann, 1913-33

 Johannes Baader, Postcard sent to Tristan Tzara, collage, Berlin, 16 January 1919 / Paul Eluard, Postcard sent to Tristan Tzara, Cologne, 1923
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Postcard to Tristan Tzara, Zurich, 21 August 1922 / Hugo Ball, Postcard to Tristan Tzara, Vira-Gambarogno, 16 August 1916
Marcel Duchamp's hand-written holiday postcard to friend Max Bergmann in which he pronounced: ‘I am not dead, I am in Herne Bay', August 1913 (...)
Marcel Duchamp's postcard to Katherine Dreier, 1933

 In October 1933 Duchamp met with Nina and Wassily Kandinsky in Paris. They knew each other through 
Katherine Dreier who was close to both artists. Duchamp and the Kandinskys decided to send her a postcard. (...)

"Dear Katherine Dreier, 
We are in a Russian Restaurant, 
we are eating "Blini" and are drinking "Vodka". 
It's a pity you can't be among us. 
Best wishes Nina Kandinsky 
Short greetings Kandinsky"

Blue Like a Desert | Joyce Mansour, 1928-86

Happy are the solitary ones
Those who sow the sky in the avid sand
Those who seek the living under the skirts of the wind
Those who run panting after an evaporated dream
For they are the salt of the earth
Happy are the lookouts over the ocean of the desert
Those who pursue the fennec beyond the mirage
The winged sun loses its feathers on the horizon
The eternal summer laughs at the wet grave
And if a loud cry resounds in the bedridden rocks
No one hears it no one
The desert always hollers under an impassive sky
The fixed eye hovers alone
Like the eagle at daybreak
Death swallows the dew
The snake smothers the rat
The nomad under his tent listens to the time screeching
On the gravel of insomnia
Everything is there waiting for a word already stated

Joyce Mansour

The Statues / A Love Story | Marc Riboud / René Maltête / Fred Bommet / Edouard Boubat / Rurik Dmitrienko / Friedrich Seidenstücker

René Maltête, The Kiss, Paris, 1950s                                         Fred Bommet, Paris - Luxembourg Gardens, 1956
 Friedrich Seidenstücker, Berlin, 1947                                         Marc Riboud, Paris, 1953 
Edouard Boubat, Parc de Saint Cloud, 1981                                    Rurik Dmitrienko, Jardin des Tuileries

An Underwater adventure / Deep Sea Divers | Yoshiyuki Iwase / Peter Stackpole / Buster Keaton

“Before he goes into the water, a diver cannot know what he will bring back.” 
 Max Ernst
1940s divers    
 Yoshiyuki Iwase, Divers, Onjuku Coast Japan, 1950
Schoolboys Wearing Homemade Diving Gear, Venice, Los Angeles, 1935
1920s diving helmet
Andreas Feininger, Diver with Face Mask, 1955
Buster Keaton, The Navigator, 1924
Peter Stackpole: Richard Fleischer, in Diving Suit During Filming of "20,000 Leagues under the Sea", 1954
Deep sea diver, 1915

Caricature maps of the world | Paul Hadol / Sebastian Munster / William Harvey / Heinrich Bunting (1537-1915)

Heinrich Bunting, Map of Europe shaped as a virgin, 1582
Sebastian Munster, Europe, 1570                                         Sebastian Munster, Europe as Queen of the World, 1537
Heinrich Bunting, Clover Leaf Map, 1581 
Heinrich Bunting, Asia in the Form of Pegasus, 1581

Meeting of the Atlantic and the Pacific, The Kiss of the Oceans, 1915
Humorous Map of Europe, 1870
Paul Hadol, Humorous Map of Europe, 1870

 Scotland, 1790                                                                                 Wales, 1869    
Germany, 1869                                                       France, 1869
Italy, 1869                                                  Ireland, 1869
Holland & Belgium, 1869                                                              Denmark. 1869

The maps are from Geographical Fun, or Humorous Outlines of Various Countries, published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1869
The author, William Harvey writing under the pseudonym Aleph, created a series of twelve maps showing various countries as curious 
people in the great tradition of English caricaturists.

The idea behind the maps was taken from sketches drawn by a fifteen year old girl wishing to amuse her sick brother confined to bed.

Flick Review < Trans-Europe Express | Alain Robbe-Grillet (1966)

Eva: And you? What do you do for a living.
Elias: I'm an assassin.
Eva: Professional?
Elias: No, amateur.
Elias: Semi-professional, actually.

Trans-Europ-Express (1966) 

Director / Writer: Alain Robbe-Grillet 

Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Christian Barbier

The film was banned by the British Censor because of its depiction 
of sexual bondage (which is now regarded as very tame).

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