The London Museum documentary “National Gallery” opens in cinemas

The film, which opens in cinemas on the 19th of March, is directed by renowned film maker Frederick Wiseman and portrays the museum from the point of view of its contents, its visitors and its modus operandi

More than thirty years ago the veteran and renowned North American documentary film maker Frederick Wiseman set out on a quest to portray the essential nature of some of the world’s most emblematic institutions and organisations. His later works include the likes of La danse, about the Paris Opera, Crazy Horse, about the homonymous Parisian cabaret, At Berkeley, about the USA’s oldest and best-known public university and, most recently, National Gallery a fascinating three-hour documentary about the world famous London museum.

In order to produce the documentary, which opens in cinemas on the 19th of March, the film maker installed himself as part of the museum’s furniture over a period of a year, observing the inner workings of the institution during exhibitions dedicated to Turner and Da Vinci, offering the public an in-depth insight into the soul of the machine, the home of over 2,400 paintings from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, depicting its numerous exhibition spaces, its modus operandi, its relationship with the outside world, its agents, its visitors and its paintings as well as its human resources, i.e. the restorers, the guides and the artists themselves. 

 

National Gallery

When: from the 19th of March

Where: cinemes de Barcelona

More information here

Publication date: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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