Blade Runner (1982) by Ridley Scott. Credit Warner Bros, Park Circus
1 Jul – 9 Oct 2022

Fondazione Prada presents the new edition of “Multiple Canvases”, a film selection conceived by artists, curators and protagonists from the world of culture and science contributing to the current activities at the Milan and Venice venues. The film program scheduled for July and September results from a dialogue with the artists Elmgreen & Dragset and the scientific board of “Human Brains”. The screenings take place every Friday and Saturday from 1 July to 9 October 2022 at Fondazione Prada’s Cinema in Milan.

“Multiple Canvases” creates a dialogue between the themes explored in Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition “Useless Bodies?” and the topics investigated in “Human Brains”, the multidisciplinary project devoted to neurosciences, such as the role and value of the human body in society today and the brain, a unique organ for the complexity of its functions. “Useless Bodies?” and “Human Brains” raise questions and offer reflections that bring the human being understood as the union of thought and body back to the centre of intellectual inquiry.

From 2 September to 9 October 2022 “Multiple Canvases” presents a selection of twelve films curated by the members of the scientific board of “Human Brains”, the multidisciplinary project devoted to neurosciences and presented by Fondazione in Milan and Venice.

In particular, the twelve feature films represent possible keys for the interpretation of the last two phases of “Human Brains”, framing them into an even broader horizon of meaning. At the Venice venue is on view, until 27 November 2022, “Human Brains: It Begins with an Idea”, an exhibition exploring the history of the studies on the human brain from the Mesopotamian age to the present day. On the other hand, at the Milan venue will be presented “Human Brains: Preserving the Brain – Forum on Neurodegenerative Diseases”, an exhibition (from 16 September to 10 October 2022) and a scientific conference (6 and 7 October 2022), realized in collaboration with thirteen of the most prestigious international neuroscience institutes and universities.

The film selection includes: The Wild Child (1970) by François Truffaut, Paris, Texas (1984) by Wim Wenders, Strange Days (1995) by Kathryn Bigelow, Amarcord (1973) by Federico Fellini, Red Desert (1964) by Michelangelo Antonioni, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Stanley Kubrick, Battleship Potemkin (1925) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn, Cabiria (1914) by Giovanni Pastrone, Departures (2008) by Yojiro Takita, Black Swan (2010) by Darren Aronofsky, The Seventh Seal (1957) by Ingmar Bergman and Blade Runner (1982) by Ridley Scott.

The first chapter of the cinema program was presented from 1 to 30 July with the screenings of 10 films selected by Elmgreen & Dragset and related to their exhibition “Useless Bodies?” on view at the Milan venue until 22 August 2022. It includes: If… (United Kingdom, 1968) by Lindsay Anderson, The Exterminating Angel (Mexico, 1962) by Luis Buñuel, Being John Malkovich (USA, 1999) by Spike Jonze, Autumn Sonata (Sweden, 1978) by Ingmar Bergman, Western (Germany, 2017) by Valeska Grisebach, Claire’s Knee (France, 1970) by Éric Rohmer, Fear eats the soul (Germany, 1974) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 120 BPM – Beats per Minute (France, 2017) by Robin Campillo, Burning (South Korea/Japan, 2018) by Lee Chang-dong and Son of Saul (Hungary, 2015) by László Nemes.