Thierry Kuntzel

Thierry Kuntzel was born in Bergerac in 1948. His philosophy, linguistics and semiology studies led him to work on a thesis, supervised by Roland Barthes, on "Travail du film / travail du rêve" ("Film-work / Dream-work") and to write several important texts on film theory and analysis. From 1972 to 1989, he worked at the Research Service of the O.R.T.F, then at the I.N.A, training and research. He taught semiology of cinema and textual analysis of film at Paris and American universities and the IDHEC film school. At the end of the eighties he decided to devote himself entirely to artistic creation. After making several installations with marble and neon from 1974, he produced the majority of his videos between 1979 and 1980. Since then, he has focused on creating installations that involve the projection of images, light and sound. Writing is a fundamental process of the whole oeuvre, and the notes included on this DVD-ROM are but a small sample of the artist's texts.
Thierry Kuntzel died April 18, 2007.


-Le Tombeau de Saussure (Double Entrave) - 1974
-Memory - 1976
-Here There Then - 1977
-Le Tombeau de Henry James. Le Tombeau de Herman Melville - 1994
-Le Tombeau de Allan Edgar Poe -1994
-Le Tombeau de Michael Powell - 1997
-Retour dans la neige (Noël 1956) - 2000
-Le Tombeau de Fritz Lang et de Jacques Tourneur- 2006

Videotapes :
-La Rejetée - vers 1974 (perdue) circa 1974 (lost)
-Nostos I - 1979
-Still - 1980
-Echolalia -1980
-Time Smoking a Picture -1980
-Buena Vista -1980
-La Peinture cubiste - 1981 co-réalisation : Philippe Grandrieux
Transylvanie -1993
-Venises -1995
-W (The Waves / The Years) -2002

Video installations:
-La Desserte blanche -1980
-Time Smoking a Picture -1980
-Nostos II -1984
-Été (Double Vue) -1989
-Hiver (La Mort de Robert Walser) -1990
-Tampico (Non-Lieu) -1993
-Printemps (Pas de Printemps) -1993
-Moins une (Autobiographie d'un autre) -1993
-Tu -1994
-Nostos III -1995
-Abandon (Ne me quitte pas) -1997
-Automne (Eloge de l'Ombre) -1997
-Une Lettre-1998-99
-Automne (Le Mont Analogue) -2000
-The Waves -2003

Radio program: «Taisez-vous donc (Raymonde)», (collaboration : Suzanne Rosenberg, France-Culture, 2/12/1979.

Solo exhibitions (selection)

-«Nostos II» Centre Georges Pompidou, M.N.A.M.,16/11 -24/12/84 (solo)
-«Projects 29 : Thierry Kuntzel, Hiver», New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 28/06 -02/11/91
-«Thierry Kuntzel : Été, Hiver», Dunkerque, École régionale d'Art, 01/10 -15/11/91
-«Thierry Kuntzel, rétrospective», Paris, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, 27/04 -20/06/93
-«Thierry Kuntzel, rétrospective», Montréal, Musée d'Art Contemporain, 22/10/93 -02/ 01/94
-«Thierry Kuntzel, Tu», Musée de Rochechouart, Limousin, 15/10 -31/12/94
-«Thierry Kuntzel, Trois Tombeaux», Montréal, Galerie René Blouin, 29/10 -03/12/94
-«Thierry Kuntzel, Si lent», Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, 29/03 -13/05/00
-«The Waves», Festival d'Automne, Agnès b, Paris, 21/10 -21/11/03 -«Thierry Kuntzel», Frac Lorraine, Metz, 23/10/04 -16/01/05
-«Lumières du temps». Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, 04/02/06 -09/04/06
-«Thierry Kuntzel Quatre Saisons (plus ou moins une). The Waves.» Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes. 10/02/06 -04/05/06