Richard Linklater — and Austin Film Society — Honored with Exhibition at Centre Pompidou

Scott Marcus & Teresa Taylor in Slacker (Orion Classics)
Scott Marcus & Teresa Taylor in Richard Linklater' "Slacker" (1990; Orion Classics)

Richard Linklater, the Austin-based director, filmmaker, and founder of the Austin Film Society, will see his work showcased in a special exhibition and a film retrospective at one of the world most esteemed museums of modern art — the Centre Pomidou in Paris.

“Richard Linklater: Filming Time as Material” will be on view at the esteemed Paris museum from Nov. 25, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020.

The Pompidou project will also be the first time that Linklater’s entire filmography of 26 movies will be presented, and in tandem with an expansive exhibition of original photographs, posters, documents, and videos. Also included is a specially commissioned short film. Named “Où en êtes-vous, Richard Linklater? (Where Do You Stand Today, Richard Linklater)” the short, like everything Linklater creates, probes the passage of time.

Linklater will travel to Paris during the retrospective’s opening week to introduce his films and lead a master class. The Pompidou’s cinema will also present a “carte blanche” selection of two films curated by Linklater.

The Oscar-nominated director joins an exclusive roster for filmmakers celebrated by the Pompidou: Chantal Akerman, Brian De Palma, Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami and Werner Herzog, are among those who have been granted retrospectives by the Pomidou, the largest museum of modern art in Europe.



“This is obviously a great honor and, even more of a challenge. I can’t wait to see all of the movies and material collected and on display all together, to see whether it’s coherent and meaningful,” Linklater said in a release. “To be able to share my work on this scale is both profound and humbling.”

Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater. Credit: Photo by Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The exhibition will also feature a gallery dedicated to the Austin Film Society, the non-profit founded by Linklater in 1985. In addition to running an arthouse cinema, AFS offers a host resources to emerging filmmakers, including the AFS Grant which has distributed $1.9 million to independent Texas filmmakers.

AFS sources say that the Pomidou plans to include a reproduction Moontower, the antiquated lighting structures singular to Austin, the city that Linklater has chosen to remain in throughout his career.