Jan 26, 2022

The exhibition Sentiments, Signes, Passions dynamically projects Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le livre d’image in the space

Sentiments, Signes, Passions. On Godard’s Film Le livre d’image
Exhibition February 10 - April 24, 2022
Free admission
In German and French with English subtitles
Curated by Fabrice Aragno in collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard

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Visitors to the exhibition Sentiments, Signes, Passions can travel inside Jean-Luc Godard’s film and walk through it like a forest. Le livre d’image emerges in space through 40 monitors and 20 loudspeakers. The exhibition is being shown for the first time in Germany at HKW.

Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le livre d’image (2018, coproduced by ARTE) is a political film poem. The filmmaker has combined images from film and contemporary history into an associative collage in five chapters and an epilogue: A mushroom cloud, IS flags, images of flight, expulsion, executions and war, but also of film history legends and sunsets in Tunis. The film takes a critical look at the twentieth century and questions the production of images, art, war, religion, representation and law.

Sentiments, Signes, Passions unfurls Godard’s film in space. The exhibition was curated by Fabrice Aragno, cinematographer and producer of Le livre d’image, in collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard. It takes up the division of the film into chapters, fragments its parts and breaks with its linear form. The audience can give free rein to their own associations and experience the film through twenty loudspeakers and forty flat-screen televisions of various sizes and years. In the space, they enter into dialogue with each other. Detached from the temporal and formal conditions of a film screening, viewers weave their own resonances from hundreds of fragments – and experience the film as a “projection vivante.”

According to Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Berlin International Film Festival: “The exhibition Sentiments, Signes, Passions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt is the essential counterpoint to the special tribute the Berlinale is paying to Jean-Luc Godard with three screenings in different sections of the festival: Notre Musique in Berlinale Classics, Sauve qui peut (la vie), in the homage to Isabelle Huppert and À Vendredi, Robinson in Encounters, where Godard acts as a main character. We are happy to be able to show the variety of Jean-Luc Godard’s work and thought, past and present. From his secluded home in Rolle, the Swiss filmmaker keeps inspiring whomever deals with cinema and the world that cinema tries to represent. I am looking forward to discovering the exhibition that I am sure will trigger ideas and new images and will be a source of inspiration for our guests.”

Following the presentation of the exhibition in June 2020 at the Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, it is now on view in Germany for the first time.

More information: hkw.de/godard
Press photos: hkw.de/pressefotos


Le livre d’image by Jean-Luc Godard
Facsimile edition of the screenplay manuscript for “Le livre d’image”
French with English translation
Handmade by Jean-Luc Godard
Limited edition of 1,500 copies numbered by hand
Available at HKW from February 10, 2022 at the special price of €39

Le grand tableau (noir) by Jean-Luc Godard
The facsimile edition of the first screenplay version of “Le livre d’image” is being published to accompany the exhibition.
French with English translation booklet
Handmade by Jean-Luc Godard
Limited edition of 1,500 copies numbered by hand
Available at HKW from February 10, 2022 at the special price of €49


An exhibition by Fabrice Aragno, produced by Visions du Réel and L’Atelier, on the initiative of Emilie Bujès and with support from the Jan Michalski Foundation and Arte

Presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Berlinale

Part of The New Alphabet (2019-2022), supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office

Visitor information

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Special hours for the Berlinale: Feb 10-20, 2022: Daily 12 noon-10 pm

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