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In Search of Chopin

Rating: TBC
Director: Phil Grabsky
Acclaimed director Phil Grabsky brings to the cinema and TV screens around the world the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the greatest composers of all time.

His grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.

By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and Kevin Kenner he hopes to answer those questions.

Renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson provides narration. David Dawson brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.

Previous ‘In Search of...’ films have broken box office records in Australia, New Zealand and the USA and been huge critical successes.

Praise for the ‘In Search of...’ series:

‘Gripping’ - The Times
‘Outstanding’ - Chicago Sun Times
‘High-class’ - New York Times
‘Terrific’ - Mail on Sunday
‘Ideal’ - BBC Music Magazine
‘Riveting’ - The Observer
‘Beautiful’ - Chicago Tribune

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 08 May 201718:30     

Vermeer: Beyond Time

Rating: TBC
Johannes Vermeer is one of the most loved, treasured and well-known artists in the world today. Images from his paintings have become part of our collective imagination and are instantly recognisable. In his new feature documentary, Vermeer, Beyond Time, French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Cottet adopts an imaginative and sensitive approach to his subject focusing on the work itself but also choosing to explore Vermeer’s family life including his conversion to Catholicism, his artistic contemporaries and the wider world of the short lived Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century. Cottet’s film explores the individual paintings and teases out what has come to be known as the Vermeer style; the representation of light, the interplay of colour and the effects of perspective across the same themes, places and objects.

Vermeer’s paintings are of a world inhabited by refined and cultivated women; respectful or troublesome servants; charming young people and learned men. His ruthless elimination of objects and things that serve no purpose results in an art that suspends time and that leaves us, the viewer, always wanting to know more. The film adds much to our understanding and knowledge of the painter, while still allowing for the mystery and allure of his art.

Vermeer’s death in 1675 is sudden and incredibly sad. Overwhelmed by poverty, physically weakened and humiliated, he dies at the age of 45. Soon afterwards, his paintings are sold to cover his debts. Vermeer disappears from memory. His rediscovery some 200 years later has seen his popularity soar, claiming both our hearts and our admiration.

The release of Vermeer, Beyond Time coincides with the opening of Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, a major exhibition of work by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin on Saturday June 17, 2017. The internationally acclaimed exhibition of work by Vermeer and his contemporaries runs for three months. This is an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to see ten of Vermeer’s superb artworks in one exhibition, almost a third of his surviving paintings. The exhibition, curated by Dr Adriaan E. Waiboer, Head of Collections and Research at the National Gallery of Ireland, brings together some 60 paintings by the greatest artists of the Dutch Golden Age (1650 – 1675) and explores how Vermeer and his contemporaries vied to surpass each other’s work, their creative rivalry inspiring each one to strive for perfection, resulting in artworks of exceptional quality, technical brilliance and breath-taking beauty.

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry opens at the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday June 17th, 2017.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 10 May 201718:30     

Michelangelo - Love & Death

Rating: TBC
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is the originator and market leader for bringing blockbuster art events from galleries around the world to cinemas. Intertwined with artist biographies and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the galleries, the films are informative, accessible and entertaining. Over the last three seasons they have been enjoyed by more than 1 million people in cinemas around the world. Most importantly, the films are shot for the big screen and offer an immersive, cinematic journey through the world’s most loved art and its creators. MICHELANGELO Love & Death To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, this film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice which included painting, sculpture and architecture. Not least the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery). This major new film goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate but much loved genius.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 13 Jun 201718:30     
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