Hearsay of the Soul, work by filmmaker Werner Herzog and composer Ernst Reijserger on view at the Getty Center

From July 23 till January 19, 2014 the new acquisition Hearsay of the Soul (2012) by the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs will be exhibited at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The work is a five-channel video installation by celebrated German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It combines the early-seventeenth-century landscape etchings of Dutch artist Hercules Segers with recent scores and a performance by Dutch cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger, resulting in a richly layered work that is at once intimate and epic.

This collaboration between Herzog and Reijserger is not the first. Herzog has invited Ernst Reijseger to compose scores for a few of his films. Two of them were documentaries (The White Diamond and Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and two were features (The Wild Blue Yonder and My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done). His music was also used in Rescue Dawn and in video documentary short about recording music for Grizzly Man titled In the Edges: The ‘Grizzly Man’ Session directed by Erik Nelson. Reijseger also had a cameo as himself in My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done.

Werner Herzog (1942) made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature- and documentary films, such as Aguiree, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu (1978), Fitzcarraldo(1982), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), My Best Fiend(1999), Invincible (2000), Grizzly Man (2005), Encounters at the End of the World(2007), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011).

Cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger (1954) has played the cello from the age of seven and began as a performing cellist and improviser in 1969. From that time on he developed his own musical vocabulary. In 1974, his teacher Anner Bijlsma advised him to cease his music education at the Amsterdam Conservatory and pursue his own way. Many of Reijseger’s collaborations cannot be classified into genres. He writes for and improvises with musicians and ensembles of different musical disciplines and nationalities. He also gives solo recitals, performing his own music.

Werner Herzog, Hearsay of the Soul, 2012

Werner Herzog, Hearsay of the Soul, 2012, installation view. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday July 23, 2013 till Sunday January 19, 2014
The Getty Center – Los Angeles, CA