The Third Life of Agnès Varda

Exhibition, films & talks

Agnès Varda is regarded as one of the most influential creative personalities of our time - the photographer, filmmaker and visual artist, who died in 2019 at the age of ninety, left behind a life's work spanning more than six decades, in which the pioneer of modern film constantly reinvented herself. Her last creative period - her "third life as a young artist", as she called it herself - is still far less known and less accessible than the numerous films she directed before.

The solo exhibition in silent green's Betonhalle is now dedicated to this "third life", which she began at the age of 75 at the Venice Biennale. This is the first time that such an extensive exhibition of Varda's work will be shown in Germany.

The two outdoor works can already be seen from May 6. As a world premiere, a Cinema Tent made of 35-mm film strips from Varda’s film Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond, a refuge inspired by that very film, will be set up and exhibited. Like Varda’s other cinema shacks, the tent offers a retreat for fantasizing and dreaming. The second work, Le Tombeau de Zgougou dans sa cabane/Zgougou Grave in its Shack, is a video installation in a shack built from recycled materials that takes visitors to the grave of Varda's beloved cat on the island of Noirmoutier.

Curators: Dominique Bluher und Julia Fabry

A film series at Arsenal Cinema will accompany the exhibition, showing selected films by Varda that touch on the exhibition motifs.
In addition, the exhibition will be supplemented by talks and workshops.


Friday, May 6
6 pm
Opening outdoor installations

Thursday, June 9
6 pm
Opening Exhibition Betonhalle


A project by silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH, in cooperation with Ciné-Tamaris and the Estate of Agnès Varda. Film series in cooperation with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V.

Funded by the
German Federal Cultural Foundation                


Funded by the Federal Government
Comissioner for Culture and the Media