Arteholic Poster

Udo Kier’s ART-Trip

Hermann Vaske’s film Arteholic with Udo Kier had its international premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 2nd, 2015.

Udo Kier with Alberto Giacometti's

Udo Kier with Alberto Giacometti’s “Die Nase”, Museum Ludwig Cologne

Film and Art legend Udo Kier is Arteholic. He lives and breathes art. He is addicted to art, he is addicted to life. A living art piece.

Melancholic, megalomaniac, merry.

Udo Kier in an installation by Marc Brandenburg

Udo Kier in an installation by Marc Brandenburg

A tour de force through the Centre Pompidou, the Staedel Museum, the Museum Ludwig, the Lousiana Museum and the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Udo Kier steals a Warhol in Cologne's Museum Ludwig

Udo Kier steals a Warhol in Cologne’s Museum Ludwig

On his journey the homo ludens meets artists like Rosemarie Trockel, Marcel Odenbach and Jonathan Meese, curators like Udo Kittelmann, Philipp Kaiser, Max Hollein and Bernard Blistène, filmmakers like Nicolette Krebitz and Lars von Trier.

Lars von Trier and Udo Kier

Lars von Trier and Udo Kier

Jonathan Meese, Brigitte Meese und Udo Kier im Studio Meese Berlin

Jonathan Meese, Brigitte Meese and Udo Kier at Studio Meese Berlin

Udo Kier and filmmaker Nicolette Krebitz in Berlin's Grill Royal

Udo Kier and filmmaker Nicolette Krebitz in Berlin’s Grill Royal

The living are saluting the dead: Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Kippenberger. Magic and Loss.

Kier’s trip is an odyssey into the addiction and abyss of art.

An overdose which ends tragically for the Arteholic.

Udo Kier's tragic end

The end

Legendary musician Blixa Bargeld, with whom Vaske has worked in the past, created together with Teho Teardo the “Arteholic Suite”, the soundtrack of the movie.

Project Credits

A Hermann Vaske Film

Produced by Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network and 3Sat

Patricia Lewandowska, Miona Bogovic
Line Producer:
Kristian Stern
Bastian Ahrens
Cedric Hommel
Art Director:
Ana Zarubica
Assistant Director:
Benjamin Chimoy, Katharina Ehrles
Poster Art Direction:
Lea Brousse, Raban Ruddigkeit
Production Assistants:
Maike Backhaus, Fabian Greitemann
Production Coordinator:
Timo Breidenbruch
Blixa Bargeld and Teho Teardo
Hermann Vaske
Frank Every, Helge Neubronner
Producer CinePlus:
Anne-Christina Herbst
Commissioning Editor:
Nicole Baum
Director / Producer:
Hermann Vaske


“Arteholic” is supported by Hessen Invest Film, the Cultural Film Fund of the State of Hesse (HFF-hr) and the DFFF.


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Hermann Vaske Filmography