This past year allowed us to see Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet live from the Royal National Theatre in London, The Berlin Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Eve Concert live, and numerous other ballets, operas, and concerts from the relative comfort of Prague’s art house cinemas.
No worries if you missed those; the opportunity to be a global culture vulture—no passport required—continues well into 2017 with a series of “live” art exhibitions coming to the local big screen.
On January 8, GOYA: Visions of Flesh and Blood based on the landmark exhibition of the Spanish painter’s work at the National Gallery in London, premieres at Kino Lucerna; The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch, a filmed version of an exhibition at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands opens on January 29. I, Claude Monet follows later this spring.
From Caracas to Cape Town, Berlin to Brisbane and now Prague, cinemas worldwide are showing these feature-length documentary films which give art lovers a glimpse inside the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries.
The films offer biographical details and stories interwoven with the arresting visuals that drew, for instance, half a million visitors to the once-in-a-lifestime Bosch exhibit.
Phil Grabsky creator of the Exhibition on Film series, says of the project:
“One of the questions asked, perhaps most frequently, is ‘why would I go to the cinema to see an art exhibition?’ We offer an opportunity to see the exhibition if you can’t get a ticket or you don’t live in the country of the exhibition. Secondly we offer…all those hidden nooks and crannies that you and I can’t normally get to.”
Lucerna debuted the series late last year with Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan from the National Gallery London.
Tickets are on sale now (250 CZK).