General Idea: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle

Documentary Canada 2007

It’s 1969, the summer of love. In Toronto, three young Canadian artists form a collective called General Idea. Gay and irriverent, with a camp sensibility, they adopt new personas as AA Bronson, Jorge Zontal and Felix Partz. Filmmaker Annette Mangaard tracks the prolific output of General Idea and its impact on contemporary art through three decades. Welcomed in Europe as contemporary art celebrities, the group exhibit in major museums and make video art for Dutch television in the 1970s. The 1980s bring the first labeled cases of AIDS. In an unforgettable coup, they appropriate the Love painting by Robert Indiana and replace those four letters with AIDS, for the now world-famous logo. General Idea: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle is a tale of love, fame, loss and renewall.

associate producer

Erin Faith Young

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