Moving Walls
Lech Majewski (16 March – 13 May 2012)

Moving Walls was a film installation by renowned Polish filmmaker, artist, writer and poet Lech Majewski. The installation transformed the tiled walls of the Boiler House of the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station into canvas with live paintings from the series of works Bruegel Suite, Blood of a Poet, DiVinities and Dog Field. Elements of the series were interwoven to create an intricate study of the sacred and the profane. Desire, beauty, violence and torment spoke across the walls.

Bruegel Suite is a piece based on Majewski’s feature film The Mill and The Cross, inspired by Peter Bruegel’s painting Way to Calvary. The film and the installation are an intricate digital tapestry composed of layer upon layer of perspective, scenic footage and performances by actors. The piece is an imaginative and sophisticated use of CGI technology and 3D effects alongside breathtaking cinematography. It stars Charlotte Rampling, Michael York, and Rutger Hauer as Bruegel. The installation had been shown at the Louvre and at the 54th Venice Biennale, both in 2011.

Blood of a Poet premiered at MoMA in New York in 2006 and was shown at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Blood of a Poet is a series of 33 pieces that tell a story of a young poet at odds with himself and the world. The struggling, young mind is a motif that resurfaces from earlier films, such as Basquiat and Wojaczek. Rejecting dialogue and chronology, Blood of a Poet marks an innovative approach to traditional narration. The films overlap and communicate visually with each other, continually inviting the viewer to rely on his own creative capacities to find a way through the labyrinth.