Beginning on the 7th of May numerous cinemas throughout the city will be screening the film about Mark Landis, the USA’s most famous master painting forger
What happens if a painting is forged without financial benefit? Who would consider deceiving art critics just for fun? Is it a crime? These are the questions behind Art and Craft, the Documentary of the Month that will feature in six cinemas throughout Barcelona during the month of May: Aribau Multicines (7/05), Zumzeig Cinema (12/05), Teatre de Sarrià (18 and 31/05), Biblioteca Esquerra de l’Eixample – Agustí Centelles (19/05), Biblioteca de Vilapicina i la Torre Llobeta (26/05) and the Centre Cívic Ateneu Fort Pienc (28/05).
The film, directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, offers an insight into the life of Mark Landis, the most famous master painting forger in the history of the USA. Landis, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at an early age, possesses the extraordinary ability to make perfect copies of 15th century religious scenes or canvasses by the likes of Picasso and Valtat with consummate ease. Over a period of thirteen years he made hundreds of forgeries, some of which he donated to museums throughout the southern United States without their being detected.
The film focusses on the hunt that Matthew Leininger, both a victim of Landis and Chief Registrar of the Cincinnati Art Museum, initiated for Landis in order to put an end to his escapades.
Art and Craft has been previously presented in the official sections of film festivals such as Hot Docs, in Canada, and Tribeca, in the USA and can be seen in Barcelona from the 7th of May on.
Art and Craft
When: opens on the 7th of May
Tickets: from 0 to 6 €, depending on the cinema
Where: Aribau Multicines, Biblioteca Esquerra de l’Eixample – Agustí Centelles, Teatre de Sarrià, Biblioteca de Vilapicina i la Torre Llobeta, Zumzeig Cinema and Centre Cívic Ateneu Fort Pienc
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