Stamford Avon showing art films on Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci
Beginning Wednesday, July 10, Stamford’s Avon Theatre is showing art films from Exhibition on Screen, the award-winning cinematic series that explores the biographies of history’s most revered artists.
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The series begins Wednesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. and July 13 at 11 a.m., with “Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.” Perhaps more than any other artist, Vincent Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers, according to an Avon news release. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff.
Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a fresh film about one of the world’s favorite artists, marking both a major re-hanging of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.
See iconic masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. Beautifully shot and making extensive use of Van Gogh’s own letters this is a wonderful film about a wonderful, but too often misunderstood, artist, the Avon said of the 90-minute film.
Next up is “Rembrandt” on Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death and the Year of the Dutch Golden Age, Exhibition on Screen produced “Rembrandt” on the big screen, the Avon said. Filmed in exquisite detail, the camera offers a privileged view of the once-in-a-lifetime 2015 “Late Works” exhibition at the Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and London’s National Gallery. Rembrandt’s creativity gathered new energy in the closing years of his life.
It is the art of these late years — soulful, honest and deeply moving — that indelibly defines our image of Rembrandt the man and the artist. This landmark exhibition was a unique opportunity to experience the passion, emotion and innovation of Rembrandt. With behind-the-scenes access revealing the preparations of the show, the film reveals a fresh and fascinating full biography of this great artist, the Avon said of the 90-minute film.
“Young Picasso” arrives Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. This film takes an in-depth look at the journey of Pablo Picasso’s life and traces his path to genius. This carefully crafted documentary, filmed over two years, includes two critical periods in Picasso’s life — the Blue and Pink Periods — but does not overlook the years before those which are, though much less well-known, absolutely formative, the Avon said.
“Young Picasso” visits Malaga, Barcelona and Paris and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The 91-minute film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft, the Avon said.
The series wraps Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. with “Leonardo: The Works.” Leonardo da Vinci’s peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus, as Exhibition on Screen presents every single attributed painting, in Ultra HD quality, never seen before on the big screen in this 85-minute film.
Key works include “The Mona Lisa,” “The Last Supper,” “Lady with an Ermine,” “Ginevra de’ Benci,” “Madonna Litta,” “Virgin of the Rocks” and more than a dozen others. This film also takes a fresh look at da Vinci’s life — his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day — through the prism of his art. To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about da Vinci: the first to truly tell the whole story.
Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford St., Stamford. $13-$10. 203-967-3660.