Kurt KREN (1929 - 1998)

Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Kurt Kren began making 8mm films in the early fifties, then moving onto more formal, experimental films on 16mm in 1957. Kren left Austria in 1968, following a court case involving the Viennese Actionists, with whom he worked closely, making films for Otto Muehl and Gunter Brus. He eventually settled in Texas where he became a fixture in the indie film scene but returned to Vienna in the 1990s, where he lived until his death in 1998. Recent exhibitions at the Film Museum, Vienna (2006), and MoMA, NYC (2014) have firmly entrenched Kren in the canons of film and art history.