Paramount Presents: Exhibition on Screen – Cézanne – Portraits of a Life
Live Broadcasts | 03/28/2018 | 7:00PM
Join us for a post-show Q&A with Cézanne – Portraits of a Life director Phil Grabsky in person at The Paramount!
From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.
Directed by Phil Grabsky
Running time: 85 minutes
One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least-known of all the impressionists – until now.
Exhibition on Screen presents of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.
About Director Phil Grabsky
Grabsky is a filmmaker who has won awards for his directing, writing, producing, and cinematography, including works such as Muhammad Ali – Through the Eyes of the World, In Search of Beethoven, In Search of Mozart and The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan. These films have played in festivals, cinemas, and on TV & DVD worldwide, winning dozens of awards. In cinemas, Phil’s films have been a great success: in Australia both In Search of Mozart and In Search of Beethoven played in cinemas for months and entered the all-time top grossing documentaries.
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Described by Picasso and Matisse as “the father of us all” Cézanne is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite this, Cézanne remains somewhat unknown, somewhat misunderstood. Until now: this major new documentary film, Cézanne – Portraits of a Life, reveals the true man.
Over his life Cézanne painted almost 1000 paintings, 200 of which were portraits. The exhibition, billed by art critics as ‘once in a lifetime’, brings together – for the first time since Cézanne’s death – fifty of these portraits from private and public collections all around the world.
These portraits provide the backbone to the moving new cinematic film. As well as offering an unprecedented level of insight into the exhibition, the film features interviews with curators, art experts and his great-grandson Philippe Cézanne. The film, shot in 4k, also travels to Cézanne’s home and studio in Provence and by including correspondence from the artist, it successfully sheds new light on the life and work of this hugely influential artist.
Produced by Exhibition on Screen, Cézanne – Portraits of a Life is based on an exhibition of Cézanne portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
More information about special guest Phil Grabsky:
Phil Grabsky, working with co-director David Bickerstaff, also completed the acclaimed short documentary Heavy Water: a Journey to Chernobyl, which uses Mario Petrucci’s poetry to explore the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Grabsky also worked with David Bickerstaff on Making War Horse – a film following the production of the smash theatre hit War Horse – and The Making of Swallows and Amazons. Both films featured on Channel 4. Grabsky also made the first surround-sound documentary The Lost Temple of Java and the world’s first 3D visual arts film: Tim Marlow on British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Grabsky’s recently completed films include In Search of Haydn and In Search of Chopin as well as the cinema and BBC film Concerto – A Beethoven Journey about world-famous pianist Leif Ove Andsnes & the 5 Beethoven piano concertos.
Phil has written four history books, including The Great Artists – co-authored with Tim Marlow – and the best-seller The Great Commanders. He is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, Bafta, Grierson and One World awards, and has won numerous personal awards himself including Royal Television Society awards for both Best Director and Services to Television, and a Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award for Services to Education.
About Exhibition on Screen:
Working with top international museums and galleries, Exhibition on Screen creates films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, accompanied by insights from the world’s leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, Exhibition on Screen has released 17 films which have been shown in over 50 countries worldwide.
Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat, 1885-86. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Photo Ole Haupt
Phil Grabsky filming Monique Faillard at Mont Saint-Victoire ® EXHIBITION ON SCREEN (David Bickerstaff)