Dark Hall Mansion continues to wow fans with exceptional artwork and projects. Now, after years of planning they are ready to embark on an ambitious effort they are calling the DHM – Seminal Film Series. For the debut they are pulling out all the stops with their first limited edition print release. First up is a print for the 1927 silent legend, “Metropolis” by none other than famed Belguim artist Laurent Durieux.
These incredible, limited edition “Metropolis” prints go on sale next Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 9:30 AM PST on the Dark Hall Mansion Store page. Here is what Dark Hall Mansion had to say about the Laurent Durieux print as well as the Seminal Film Series.
DHM has had its Film series in development for several years and it is with great enthusiasm that we’re finally able to reveal a print we’ve been talking to Laurent about creating for us since Dark Hall Mansion first introduced him to US audiences with his initial American release-DHM’s official Peanuts Valentine’s Day prints-back in Feb of 2012.
The undisputed position in cinematic history that “Metropolis” occupies made it almost mandatory as DHM’s first Seminal Film Series release, most notably so due to our silent film obsession, and our artist of choice had to be Laurent Durieux. “Metropolis” is a particular passion project for Laurent and one he’d expressed particular interest in working on for DHM since our very first talks with him on showcasing his work for US and international audiences.
The aim of Dark Hall Mansion’s DHM-Seminal Film Series is the very bridging of cinema as art and art as cinema. To create beautiful prints for some of the most resonant American and international films, distilling film and imagery while beholden to no specific screening or advertising obligations. Our aim right from the onset was to honor the tradition of vintage film posters while simultaneously releasing our artists from its commercial constraints. The single goal,to create stunning pieces that are intended, from their inception, to be true works of art that stand alone as just that. The very essence of each film to be distilled and rendered in such a fashion that anyone, even on the most cursory of viewings, will at once appreciate the prints for their visual beauty or in the historical context of what made these films so relevant in the first place.
Key to our approach with DHM’s Seminal Film Series is matching artist to film. Nowhere is this more clearly manifest than in our first pairing of “Metropolis” and Laurent Durieux. The film that almost bankrupt Germany’s UFA Studios, its futuristic vision and singularly intense direction by pioneering legend Fritz Lang took almost two years to complete and its monumental influence on artists mining all fields of creative endeavor continues to this very day. Be it Superman creators Siegel and Shuster’s naming of their hero’s city or the similarity of George Lucas’ C-3PO and the iconic “Metropolis” robot, the impact of “Metropolis” will be felt for generations to come.
Perhaps no other element is as striking as the film’s overall design and aesthetic and we felt artist Laurent Durieux was more than up to the task of capturing this film in prints collectors would find both compelling and striking, prints that quietly demand attention no matter the context of their display. Ever the craftsman, Laurent’s countless layers and detailing are in synch with the film’s rich visual tapestry, and his touch with futuristic detailing is exceptionally well pursued by collectors. It didn’t hurt that he’s a huge fan of “Metropolis” and the film’s design and overall look.
He’s created two completely different pieces of art for our first DHM-Seminal Film Series release, each emblematic of “Metropolis,” at once echoing the rich tradition of artists before him yet distinctly stamping the Durieux imprimatur of rich and lush detailing and hyper nuance that collectors have come to expect from his best work.
All editions for DHM-Seminal Film Series prints are strictly limited, numbered and beautifully screen printed.
Editions are as follows:
Standard “Metropolis” Edition: 24″ x 36″ (Edition of 200) – $65
Alternate “Metropolis” Edition: 12″ x 36″ (Edition of 100) – $100
*Metal “Metropolis” Edition: 12″ x 36″ (with Alternate artwork: Edition of 10) – $250
*There will also be a “Metropolis” Metal Edition with Standard artwork (Edition of 10) to be released by our friends at www.emovieposter.com, the world’s largest vintage film poster collector website.
Thank you all so very much, we know there are a LOT of equally passionate film and poster enthusiasts worldwide: Institutes, Cinematheques, Archives and film schools, but most of all, collectors, and we are honored to be part of this community and simply cannot wait to share our upcoming exclusive DHM-Seminal Film Series offerings with you.
Stay tuned to BLURPPY for updates on future releases in the Dark Hall Mansion Seminal Film Series. You can also follow DHM on TWITTER or check out their BLOG as well. Let us know what you think about this print by Laurent and then try and guess what the NEXT film will be in the series. I’m leaning towards Strange Brew but only time will tell.