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Gerry Schum «Television Gallery» | Catalogue
Gerry Schum, «Television Gallery», 1968 – 1969
Catalogue, 1969 | © Gerry Schum

 Gerry Schum
«Television Gallery»

Gerry Schum combined the roles of mediator between the television institution and the artists, of curator of the programme, and of producer. His antenna for developments in contemporary art unfailingly brought his attention to the major artists of the period. The pieces produced with Schum were for many of them the first forays into filming for TV – and few of these artists continued to work in film or video after Schum's premature death. Schum wanted to use TV as a direct artistic medium, wanted the broadcasts to be works of art as opposed to mere reports on art. For that reason, he refused to comply with the requests for commentated broadcasts put to him by the TV stations after the initial transmission: 'During all the 38 minutes of the Land Art show there is no word spoken. No explanation. I think an art object realized in regard of the medium TV does not need a spoken explanation.' This conviction was one reason his hopes of establishing the broadcast on a permanent basis were not to be fulfilled. In 1971, Schum opened a video gallery in Düsseldorf which marketed art films and videotapes as edition copies, and developed a concept for a video section in the Folkwang Museum, Essen. Neither project met with the anticipated success. The death of Schum at a young age deprived video art of one of its foremost communicators.