Two artistic masters . . . double the genius
Exhibition on Screen, the pioneer of gallery and museum films for the cinema, offers access to the world’s greatest institutions and leading international art experts. Cinema Nouveau is screening Painting the Modern Gardeb: Monet to Matisse (season 3); and Canaletto & the Art of Venice (season 5).
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Based on the sell-out show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Filmed and Directed by David Bickerstaff and Produced by Phil Grabsky. In cinemas, nationwide from 30 September 2017 at Nouveau cinemas. Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Renowned artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These talented artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract colour, decorative design and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public’s enduring fascination with gardens today. Long considered spaces for expressing colour, light and atmosphere, the garden has occupied the creative minds of some of the world’s greatest artists. As Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.
Canaletto & the Art of Venice
See Venice through the eyes of its most famous artist in Canaletto & the Art of Venice, directed by David Bickerstaff and Co-written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky. A new film shot in Ultra HD 4k, based on the much-anticipated exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. In cinemas, nationwide from 07 October 2017. Exhibition on Screen opens its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the whole collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent. Exhibition on Screen’s latest release will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of Canaletto’s work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery (19 May – 12 November). The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing.
Art lovers will appreciate this season’s Exhibition on Screen as Cinema Nouveau brings them two of the best artistic and contemporary films through a whole new artistic experience on the big screen.
The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice will travel to the great Italian city to explore the origins of Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto’s skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The ‘capriccio’ combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist -he is a master storyteller. Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views – from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.
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