Peter Greenaway

Film director, screenwriter & artist (UK)

Peter Greenaway started making his own films in 1966. He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which included installations for the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam), the Louvre (Paris), the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Armory (New York). He has collaborated with the composers like John Cage, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens and David Lang, and toured the world with his Tulse Luper Suitcases VJ Show.

He has regularly been nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books and written for theatre and opera. His first feature film The draughtsman’s contract (1982), received much critical acclaim and established him internationally as one of the most original and important film makers of our times. A reputation consolidated by the films The cook, the thief, his wife & her lover and The pillow-book, amongst others. In 2006, Greenaway began a series of digital video installations, Nine Classical Paintings Revisited, with his exploration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. On 30 June 2008 Greenaway staged a one-night performance ‘remixing’ da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan to a select audience of dignitaries. The performance consisted of superimposing digital imagery and projections onto the painting with music from the composer Marco Robino. Constantly in search of new expressive forms of cinema which use new technologies, Peter Greenaway started in 2006 with live cinema: combining live images with the music of a DJ, using up to six screens.