Exhibition – MANET: Portraying Life

PhilGrabskyfilms.com, in association with Seventh Art Productions, and BY Experience present: Exhibition, a series that explores the artists who dared to experiment with different techniques and colour pallets, those who boldly rejected the conventional styles of their times, and bring forth works that would inspire new movements and capture the admiration of millions. Tim Marlow, noted art historian and broadcaster, acts as host along with special guests to take you through this journey.

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The first in this series is MANET: Portraying Life, from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The documentary kicks off with a playful quiz, accompanied by the delightful sound of Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 No.2. The viewer is given an inside look into what goes into assembling such an exhibition, background on Manet himself, his career, influences, struggles and various opinions on his signature style and popular works of art.

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“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”– Manet

Edouard Manet was a French painter during the 1800’s, often referred to as the father of modern art, being in the midst of the movement from Realism to Impressionism. Although Manet never classified himself as an impressionist, some of the impressionistic technique and lighter colour pallet feature in his later work, such as The Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil. But Manet maintains his signature use of black that the impressionist discarded, for according to them it was not a colour. Above all Manet managed to capture the everyday life of ordinary men and women, in such a way that you can’t help but linger in their captivating stare. In a way his work features himself, in many forms, sometimes as himself, observing you staring at this seemingly ordinary seen. He didn’t receive the acclaim he had hoped during his lifetime, but close friend and well-known naturalist playwright Emile Zola, knew that Manet was to be one of the masters of the 19th century, one that deserved a place in the Louvre. Leaving behind 420 paintings, Manet died at age 51, in 1883. His bold style continues to captivate and influence modern art, and in some ways he is still underrated for the artist he was. MANET: Portraying Life will be available in South Africa at Cinema Nouveau theatres for four screenings only from 20 July 2013.

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Following Manet, is the work of Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and graphic artist, from the Expressionist to Symbolistic movement, probably best known for The Scream, of which there are four versions. His work has somewhat provocative and definite psychological themes. MUNCH 150 from the National Museum & Munch Museum, will be screened at cinema Nouveau on 14 September 2013. And in closing EXHIBITION, is the life and work of 17th century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer is grouped in the artistic movement from the Dutch Golden Age to Baroque. Probably best known for Girl with a Pearl Earring, that was made into a feature film in 2003, with Scarlett Johansson as the iconic beauty. VERMEER AND MUSIC: The Art Of Love And Leisure- from the National Gallery, London to be seen on 26 October 2013.

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EXHIBITION exclusively, showcase the work of these artists in documentary form in South African Nouveau cinemas namely; V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Gateway in Durban, Brooklyn in Pretoria and Rosebank in Johannesburg. Additional titles and dates for major exhibitions in 2014 will be announced. EXHIBITION offers audiences the opportunity to experience the magnificent masterpieces of renowned artists from all eras now in some of the world’s foremost galleries to be seen on the big screen. It aims not only to delight art lovers, but also to bring insight to the work and artist of history’s most influential figures.

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