Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm

19.09.2017 - 19.01.2018
Nomas Foundation, Viale Somalia 33 , 01199 Rom

Nomas Foundation presents the exhibition “Sergei Eisenstein: The Anthropology of Rhythm” curated by art and film historians Elena Vogman (Berlin) and Marie Rebecchi (Paris) in collaboration with Till Gathmann. Numerous documents from the Soviet film director’s archives will be exhibited for the first time, including notebooks, drawings, film footage and photographs.


The exhibition explores the intersecting artistic, anthropological and political dimensions of the anthropology of rhythm in Eisenstein's unfinished film projects: Que viva Mexico! (1931–1932), Bezhin Meadow (1935–1937), and Fergana Canal (1939).

Sergei Eisenstein

(1898–1948), Theater- und Filmregisseur, Filmtheoretiker, der mit Oktober (Oktjabr’) 1928 ebenfalls den Sturm auf den Winterpalast mit filmischen Massenszenen reinszenierte.
Inke Arns (Hg.), Igor Chubarov (Hg.), ...: Nikolai Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

In 1920, the third anniversary of the October Revolution, The Storming of the Winter Palace was performed with a cast of 10,000. But as a reenactment this mass spectacle, directed by Nikolai Evreinov, was deceptive. It was intended to recall something—the storming of the Winter Palace as the beginning of the revolution—that it itself produced as a theatrical medium. This volume reconstructs the event with texts, photographs, and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” become a historical document of the October Revolution.