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Robert Breer

The American artist Robert Breer (1926-2011) was a pioneer of experimental animated film. He began his career in the late 1940s in Paris with geometric abstract paintings inspired by neoplasticism before taking an interest in the phenomenon of movement, which led to his first animated films. Breer then produced a number of optical installations, which, like a flip book, create the illusion of movement through a rapid sequence of individual images. He devoted the mid-1960s to moving objects and sculptures that shift through the exhibition space at a barely noticeable speed. In Jamestown Baloo’s (1957), A Man and His Dog Out for Air (1957) and 69 (1968), Breer experimented with the perception of movement by pushing the speed of the frame sequence to the very limits of perceptibility. The almost painful visual rhythm of the reel requires the viewer to stare at the object relentlessly.

Artworks

  1. Robert Breer 69, 1968

    Film 16 mm, couleur, noir et blanc, son optique
    5 min
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2003
    © Photogramme : gb agency

  1. Robert Breer A Man and his Dog Out for Air, 1957

    Film 16 mm, couleur, noir et blanc, son optique
    3 min
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2003
    © Photogramme : gb agency

  1. Robert Breer Floor Drawing, 1970

    4 sculptures motorisées, plastique, métal, peinture acrylique
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2010

    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Robert Breer Jamestown Baloo’s, 1957

    Film 16 mm, couleur, noir et blanc, son optique
    6 min
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2003
    © Photogramme : gb agency

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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