ART | WORK Six Shorts

GDR, n/a, 143 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

Throughout his creative life, artist and filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher explored the theme of art and artists. This DVD includes six filmic milestones on this topic.


One of (East) Germany’s most important documentarists, Böttcher created over 40 films with a painter’s eye. His debut film about his art students, Three of Many, was banned until 1988. The prize-winning cinéma verité film Shunters screened at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005. Hermann Glöckner: A Short Visit is the only documentary ever made about this German constructivist artist. Transformation Trilogy is a set of overpainting films (Potter’s Bull, Venus after Giorgione, Woman at the Clavichord) that were the only experimental films ever made at the state-run East German DEFA Film Studios.


This collection includes the following titles:

  • Three of Many (1961)
  • Shunters (1984) 
  • Hermann Glöckner: A Short Visit (1984)
  • Transformation Trilogy (1984)
    • Potter’s Bull
    • Venus after Giorgione
    • Woman at the Clavichord
Special features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • "Jürgen Böttcher: A Brief Visit," by German studies scholar Seán Allan
  • "East German Art and Cultural Politics," by art historian April A. Eisman
  • About the DEFA Film Library

ART | WORK Six Shorts

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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