Exhibition

Jean Painlevé

15 Mar 2017 – 4 Jun 2017

Event times

Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm

Cost of entry

Free

Ikon

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Ikon presents the first UK exhibition of work by pioneering French film director and biologist Jean Painlevé (1902 – 1989).

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Ikon presents the first UK exhibition of work by pioneering French film director and biologist Jean Painlevé (1902 – 1989). He is best known for his idiosyncratic documentaries of marine creatures in an output of over 200 titles that reveals a commitment to informed science and a strong impulse to engage non-specialist audiences.

Painlevé declared that "science is fiction", putting himself at odds with scientific and cinematographic establishments, and instead associating with the Surrealist movement. His insistence on entertainment as well as education through moving imagery of sea horses, vampire bats, octopi, shrimps and hermit crabs, suggesting human traits — the erotic, the comical and the savage – was radical at the time and has since proved very influential.

Exhibiting artists

Jean Painleve

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