Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

A New Dutch Focus on Film ; Institute Celebrates Cinema and Promotes Capital as Industry Home

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

A New Dutch Focus on Film ; Institute Celebrates Cinema and Promotes Capital as Industry Home

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The EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam is a museum, archive, national film institute, art house and commercial cinema complex, demonstrating a new interest in film.

Set against Amsterdam's industrial northern skyline, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands stands out like an errant iceberg. The EUR 35 million center, which opened last year, is a museum, archive, national film institute, art house and commercial cinema complex. It also represents a new focus on film in this city.

"It is a curatorial challenge to create a dialogue between moving images and still images, and the EYE is really up to the challenge," said Sam Stourdze, the director of the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland, who designed the catalog for the institute's current show on Federico Fellini, on view through Sept. 22.

The EYE is one of only a handful of film museums in Europe that offer temporary cinema exhibitions, according to Mr. Stourdze, who compares it with the Cinematek in Brussels, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, the Cinematheque in Paris and the German Film Institute in Frankfurt.

Designed by the Vienna firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, the IJ (pronounced "eye") River can be seen from nearly every window.

Four state-of-the-art theaters show commercial first-run movies and art-house films. The centerpiece of the structure is a 1,200- square-meter, or 13,000-square-foot, space that showcases visual arts and movie exhibitions.

This is where the concept of the EYE differs most from that of the historic Vondelpark pavilion, which was built in 1880 and housed the now-defunct Netherlands Filmmuseum. It also served as the national film archive, from 1974 until 2012. Like many classic film museums, the emphasis of the old building was its two cinemas.

The EYE rotates four major shows through the large exhibition space each year: three on artistic or technical innovations in experimental film and one on a more widely known director. Last year, a 12-week exhibition on Stanley Kubrick was preceded by a show on the use of existing film clips and images by experimental filmmakers.

At the Fellini show, scenes from "La Dolce Vita" play in a loop on four large screens at the center of the exhibition and newspaper clips show Rome in the 1950s, when paparazzi (a word coined in "La Dolce Vita") chased movie actors and starlets. …

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