Francis Alÿs, Re-enactments, 2000, in cooperation with Rafael Ortega

2-channel video installation, colour, sound
Duration 5:26 mins
Acquired by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne for the Sammlung Moderne Kunst,
Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich
© Francis Alÿs



Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst


For his video RE-ENACTMENTS, created in 2000, the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs (*1959) had himself filmed buying a weapon and walking through the streets of Mexico City with it in his hand. Eleven minutes later he is overpowered by the police. Shortly afterwards he repeats the process; this time, however, the police is in the know and, together with the artist, re-enact the events of the first arrest.

By interweaving performance and video art and by presenting these as a synchronised double projection, Alÿs sounds out the boundaries between documentation and fiction through the direct comparison of the original and its re-enactment, and perceptively questions the degree of truth in reports in the media.

Francis Alÿs is a multimedia artist based in Mexico City. He exhibited at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. Another edition of RE-ENACTMENTS is in the MoMA, New York.

Under the title Collection+, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungene (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in the Pinakothek der Moderne will be presenting studio exhibitions within the context of the collection. Presentations of new acquisitions, loans and artist rooms reveal the laborious work involved in gathering, maintaining and researching the collections, shining a light on the scholarly investigations into them and their contemporary relevance.