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The End of Fear

Barbara Visser
Netherlands 2018 / 70’
Lek and the Dogs The Eyes of Orson Welles

Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue? A film about the wholly unsymbolic murder of a painting by Barnett Newman and, more broadly, about vandalism in the world of art. Why does modern art so often arouse fear and aggression? Is it an expression of hatred against those elites who are identified with the art? In her film investigation, Barbara Visser examines various hypotheses underlying contemporary iconoclasm. In 1986, a confused manslashed Newman's canvas at the Stedelijk Museum with a box cutter. It was one of the most brutal attacks ever on a work of art, and the same thing happened to the painting following its restoration. Director and artist Visser visits the scene of the crime and deconstructs subsequent scenes of the drama, revealing the emotions that art evokes in recipients and the mechanisms that rule the art world.

Ewa Szabłowska

Barbara Visser

Barbara Visser (1966, the Netherlands) studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Cooper Union in New York and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and is an awarded artist. She has also worked as the artistic director of IDFA. Her work focuses on cultural and historical narratives and how these become manifest through art, design, media and science. By challenging conventions in storytelling and image-making, and questioning our memory- and belief systems, Visser aims to provoke a new perception of what a normality has rendered invisible.


2008 Manual/1

2012 C.K. (short)

2015 The End of Sitting 1:1 (short)

2015 Manual/2 (short)

2017 Koniec ze strachem / The End of Fear

Cast & Crew

director Barbara Visser
screenplay Barbara Visser, Bart Haensel
cinematography Niels van Koevorden
editing Xander Nijsten
music Juho Nurmela
sound Tijn Hazen
producer Monique Busman
production De Familie Film & TV
sales Cat & Docs
language Dutch, English
colouration colour