Claudia Schmid, born in Cologne in 1956, studied three years at the Music Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna for a solo-career as a flutist (transvers flute). In 1978 she changed to the visual arts and studied sculpture, painting and conceptual art at the art Academies in Vienna and Dusseldorf. Since 1986 she has worked as a freelance artist in Italy, Dusseldorf and Cologne, and received various awards and scholarships. Her sculptures were exhibited by the Galleries Guenzani, Milan, Carini, Florence and Buchholz, Cologne.
1991 Claudia Schmid began to work as a film author and director for the channels WDR, Arte and 3sat. Over the years she has realized about 15 documentaries with a focus on fine art and portraits of artists. The film THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE - THE ARTIST GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN (116 mins) of 2009 was her first full-length documentary for cinema. It was followed by the documentary THE REDRAWN WORLD - THE ARTIST HEINZ EMIGHOLZ, 2009 (64 min) and RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN, 2013 (89 min).
Currently she is working on the documentary (WT) HALF OF HEAVEN - a film about violence against women worldwide.
Cinema, Festivals and Awards
2017 THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE - THE ARTIST GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN is shown on the occasion of the large Helnwein exhibition "The Child" in the "Werner Berg Museum, Bleiburg".
2017 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN is shown during the exhibition "About Time" on the occasion of the awarding of the "Vogelmann Prize" to Richard Deacon.
2017 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN is shown as part of the exhibition "Free Assembly" in the "Museum / Prague City Gallery" in the associated cinema.
2017 FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE celebrates its German premiere at the Cinenova Kino, Cologne. Theatrical release on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8th. The film runs in many cities in Germany.
2016 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN is shown as part of the exhibition "Drawings and Prints 1968 - 2016" in the "Museum Folkwang, Essen".
2016 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN is shown as part of the exhibition "On the Other Side" in the "Langen Foundation, Neuss".
2016 VOICES OF VIOLENCE - DR KONGO celebrates its German premiere in the Filmforum NRW of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Release date: March 10. The film on violence against women in the DR Congo is the first part of a trilogy.
2014 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN Screenings at "Tate Britain, London" as part of the large Richard Deacon exhibition. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/richard-deacon
2013 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN screenings at various festivals (REAL ARTIST FILM FESTIVAL, TORONTO), many cinemas in Germany and in many well-known museums and galleries (K20 / 21 in Düsseldorf, Ropac Gallery Salzburg, Galerie Schulte Berlin, sculptures park Wuppertal, museum Folkwang Essen). Also in special film series like the "Painting Movies" in the Cologne Film Palette. Invitation from the Goethe Institute in Toronto for a one-hour talk about the film RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN.
2013 RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN celebrates its world premiere as part of the VIP program of the Cologne art market in the Filmforum NRW of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Germany premiere as part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin at the Babylon Kino, Berlin.
2010/11 ATTEMPS OF LOVE, a documentary about Werner Schroeter, is part of the Schroeter retrospective at Les Cinemas at the Center Pompidou, Paris.
2010 THE DRAWN WORLD - THE ARTIST HEINZ EMIGHOLZ is shown in the Ingolstadt art association.
2009/10 THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE - THE ARTIST GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN runs successfully at various international film festivals, in many cinemas in Germany and Austria and well-known museums and galleries. Selection of festivals: 24th International DOKFest Munich; Festival Temps d’Image Film Award for Films on Art, Lisbon; Helsinki International Film Festival "Love & Anarchy", Helsinki; International Film Festival of Fine Art in Szolnok, Hungary.
2003 ATTEMPS OF LOVE receives 1st prize at the Festival International du Film d’Art, Paris.