The Future of Art

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The Future of Art
The Future of Art - Cover.jpg
Niermann and Niedling on the battlements of Castle Wachsenburg in Thuringia
Directed byErik Niedling
Ingo Niermann
Produced byErik Niedling
Ingo Niermann
Written byIngo Niermann
Music byKatrin Vellrath
CinematographyChristian Görmer
Edited byDavid Adlhoch
Release date
  • 10 November 2010 (2010-11-10)
Running time
150 minutes

The Future of Art is a 2010 documentary film by Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann. It features interviews with protagonists of the contemporary art scene and premiered on 10 November 2010 in Berlin. The film was released on DVD in September 2011 accompanied by the book The Future of Art. A Manual, published by Sternberg Press.[1]

Subsequent to the premiere screening, the movie was playing at the Angermuseum in Erfurt from 10 to 28 November 2010.[2] Until May 2011 the interviews were also shown as a web series at, a video-sharing site of Deutsche Telekom.

The movie was mainly shot in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and New York.[3]


The documentary starts with a short prologue (Niermann taking a bath in the Schlachtensee lake in Berlin), followed by the actual interviews which are divided into four main chapters:

I. Investigation
II. Creation
III. Incubation
IV. Presentation

Featured artists, curators, collectors, and critics include (in order of appearance):[4]


  1. ^ Niermann, Ingo: The Future of Art. A Manual. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-934105-63-4.
  2. ^ See museum's website.
  3. ^ Cf. review in De:Bug magazine.
  4. ^ All original screenshots taken from Wikimedia Commons, the producers released them under CC BY-SA.

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