Aby Warburg: Metamorphosis and Memory

United States | 2016 | 59 min
Editing: Erika O'Conor
Producer: Judith Wechsler
Composer: John McDonald


Canadian Premiere

Aby Warburg, influential art historian, ranged widely from the Italian Renaissance to Hopi Indian rituals, from frescoes to postage stamps, combining art history, anthropology, and religion. He explored the nachleben (afterlife) of antiquity, the rational versus the irrational, and the tensions between the secular and the religious in Renaissance paintings of Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and in festivities, rituals and costumes. This documentary traces the development of Warburg's ideas in the context of his life and times and his personal struggle with depression and psychosis. The film includes the words of Warburg as well as interviews with a range of scholars from England, the US, and Germany.


Judith Wechsler

Judith Wechsler is an art historian and filmmaker. She has written and directed 28 films, predominantly on arts. She was the National Endowment for the Humanities professor in Art History at Tufts University. The French government awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres.
Filmography | Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination (2017) ; The Passages of Walter Benjamin (2014) ; Nahum Glatzer and the German-Jewish Tradition (2011) ; Courbet—A dream of the Modern (2010) ; Le Dessein de Nymphéas (2007) ; Rachel de la Comédie-Francaise (2003) ; Honoré Daumier : Il faut être de son temps (1999) ; Dessiner, la main qui pense (1996) ; Harry Callahan (1993) ; Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (1991).

Screenings playing this movie

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal – Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
Screening # 36
Dansen i Os
FIFA Special Screenings

Dansen i Os

Denmark | 46 min | 2017

Danish, English, Chinese | Subtitles in English