Alexander Horwath

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Alexander Horwath (2015)

Alexander Horwath (born December 7, 1964 in Vienna ) is an Austrian curator and film historian . From 1992 to 1997 he was director of the Viennale and from 2002 to 2017 director of the Austrian Film Museum .


Horwath studied theater studies at the University of Vienna , but did not graduate. In 1985 he began his journalistic activities with texts for Austrian and international media, including the Viennese city magazine Falter (where he also worked as a film critic), Die Zeit , Süddeutsche Zeitung , Meteor , Film Comment, Die Presse , Der Standard (there also as a film critic) .

In book publications he has dealt with Michael Haneke , Josef von Sternberg, the Austrian avant-garde film and the US film of the 1960s and 1970s.

In addition to his work for the Viennale and the Austrian Film Museum, he was the curator of exhibitions and film retrospectives, a. a. at the Museum of Modern Art (“Vienna, A City Unveiled”), jury member and consultant for international film festivals as well as lecturer at the University of Vienna and other universities. In 2007 he was the curator of the documenta 12 film program .

Horwath was elected as a new member of the Film and Media Art section at the spring general meeting of the Academy of Arts Berlin on May 25, 2013. He is a corresponding member of the Vienna Secession and a member of the Artistic Committee of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna. In 2018 he was elected to the University Council of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna .

In 2016, Horwath took part in the BBC's election to the 100 most important films of the 21st century and chose the documentary Has Wolff von Amerongen committed bankruptcy offenses? (2004) by Gerhard Friedl took first place.

In October 2017, Alexander Horwath handed over the management of the Austrian Film Museum to Michael Loebenstein . In 2018 he was awarded the Golden Decoration of Honor for Services to the State of Vienna .

Literature (selection)

Horwath is the author and editor of various books on topics related to the film:

  • The Seventh Continent - Michael Haneke and his films , Europa-Verlag, Vienna / Zurich 1991, ISBN 3-203-51130-4
  • as editor with Lisl Ponger and Gottfried Schlemmer: Avantgardefilm. Austria 1950 to today , Wespennest, Vienna 1995, ISBN 3-85458-508-X
  • The Last Great American Picture Show. New Hollywood 1967-76 , Waspennest, Vienna 1995, ISBN 3-85458-511-X
  • as editor with Michael Loebenstein: Peter Tscherkassky , Synema, Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-901644-16-4
  • as editor with Michael Omasta: Josef von Sternberg: The Case of Lena Smith. Synema / Columbia University Press, Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-901644-22-1
  • together with Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Francis and Michael Loebenstein: Film Curatorship - Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace , Synema / Columbia University Press, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-901644-24-5
  • as editor with Stefan Grissemann and Regina Schlagnitweit: Was ist Film. Peter Kubelka's cyclical program in the Austrian Film Museum , Synema, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-901644-36-8
  • Fifty Years of the Austrian Film Museum , 3 volumes, Synema, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-901644-53-5
  • as editor with Michael Omasta: Ruth Beckermann , Synema, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-901644-68-9

Web links

Commons : Alexander Horwath  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Die Zeit , April 16, 2014 , accessed May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Documenta film program , accessed on May 5, 2018.
  3. Akademie der Künste, Berlin , accessed on May 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Members of the Vienna Secession , accessed on May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Il Cinema Ritrovato , accessed May 5, 2018.
  6. University Councils for 2018-2023 , accessed on May 5, 2018.
  7. The 21st Century's 100 greatest films: Who voted? , accessed on August 23, 2016.
  8. Der Standard , October 6, 2017 , accessed May 5, 2018.