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01 June 2011

The Dziga Vertov Collection

As early as 1967, the Austrian Film Museum started to collect films, writings, photographs, posters and other documentation relating to (and created by) the Soviet filmmaking pioneer and theorist Dziga Vertov (1896-1954).

Vertov’s work and achievements represented a central position in the museum’s policies from the very beginning: In 1967, the Film Museum published the first German translation of his selected writings, in 1972 Peter Kubelka and Edith Schlemmer restored Vertov’s early sound film classic Entuziazm (1930), and in 1974 Peter Konlechner and Peter Kubelka presented a large-scale Vertov exhibition at the Albertina.

In organizing these projects, the Film Museum established a close relationship with Vertov's widow and artistic collaborator, Elizaveta Svilova. Between 1970 and 1974 Svilova donated part of Dziga Vertov’s personal collection and papers to the institution - the foundation of what is now the Vertov Collection at the Austrian Film Museum. Today, this resource contains circa 100 film elements, circa 170 original manuscripts and autographs (Vertov’s writings, sketches and editing schemes), circa 200 photographs (personal photos and work-related stills), circa 600 press clippings from around the world (primarily from the former Soviet Union and Germany), 33 original posters, and many other documents.

To read and explore further about the Dziga Vertov collection, click here.

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