Cyclical Programs

In addition to the changing retrospectives of the Austrian Film Museum (our "temporary exhibitions") long-term cyclical programs are closely connected to the educational work and collection policies of the Film Museum.

Peter Kubelka's cycle What is Film explores the subject of Cinema, unfolding it in complementary ways. The programs offer young filmmakers, students and anyone who is seriously interested in the medium of film, a basic overview of film history and fascinating cross-references to other disciplines.

Peter Kubelkas "What is Film" is shown every Tuesday. For students with a yearly membership, there is a reduced ticket price of EUR 3,00.

Another "permanent exhibition", the The Utopia of Film, is a series curated by Alexander Horwath, and was shown between 2005 and 2017.

Water and Power, 1989, Pat O'Neill

What is Film

Peter Kubelka's cycle What is Film was created in 1996 on the occasion of the centenary of cinema. In 63 programs of outstanding works, this series defines film as an independent art form, as a tool which cultivates new ways of thinking.

Was ist Film, Volume 14 of the FilmmuseumSynemaPublications (In German), makes the cycle accessible via essays and film stills and contains writings on all 63 programs, as well as 200 photographs, an index to the 73 artists in the cycle, and an in-depth interview with the curator.

Das indische Grabmal, 1959, Fritz Lang

The Utopia of Film

The Utopia of Film, a series assembled by Alexander Horwath, is a sequence of constellations and questions which changed on a monthly basis between 2005 and 2017. Each chapter contains several films. Each of the selected works is capable of standing on its own with its individual richness, but the totality of each chapter also provides a specific context. The Utopia of Film tells a history of films in their relation to each other and to society. Three large fall retrospectives (2004, 2008, 2012) and 103 monthly "chapters" carried this title.