Fiction, nonfiction, and experimental films encourage us to contemplate and debate the role of museums in contemporary society.
The New Rijksmuseum
At the Museum: A Pilgrimage of Vanquished Objects
That Which Is Possible
Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence captures “the magic of ordinary objects”; this film does the same, and showcases Pamuk’s relationship to his beloved Istanbul. With Dana Levy’s short, Dead World Order.
Amid artwork and strangers in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, a guard and a visitor are drawn into each other’s lives. "A powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art" (Indiewire).
Russian master Alexander Sokurov's portrait of the Louvre extends into a transcendent investigation of art, life, and cultural and political power. With Alain Resnais and Chris Marker’s short, Statues Also Die.
An intimate portrait of a community of artists, musicians, and writers who create work at the Living Museum, located on the grounds of a psychiatric center. With the Quay Brothers short, The Phantom Museum.
Master documentary filmmaker Wiseman turns his attention to the inner workings of London’s National Gallery. "A tribute to the wonders of creative expression" (Village Voice).
Jeanne Finley and Judy Fiskin in person
Artists look at museums with wit, insight, and in some cases, pointed critique, in this group of shorts. Includes films by Andrea Fraser, Jeanne Finley, Ximena Cuevas, Amie Siegel, and Judy Fiskin.
Sokoruv’s technically astounding feature—shot entirely in one continuous, unbroken take—moves through St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, and entire eras of Russian history and culture. “A magnificent conjuring act, an eerie historical mirage” (NY Times).
A fascinating trip through the battles, discussions, and minutiae behind the remodeling of Amsterdam’s famed Rijksumusem. “An elegant portrait of dysfunction.” (LA Weekly).
A droll and engrossing look at the restoration of Paris's Natural History Museum and the reinstatement of its inhabitants—elephants, badgers, butterflies, and more. With shorts Circuit (Amie Siegel) and The Wake (Dana Levy).
BAMPFA Collection Print
Bruegel’s painting The Way to Calvary is brought to life in this technologically stunning interpretation “starring” Rutger Hauer, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling. With short Black Mirror at The National Gallery.
Amie Siegel in person
Provenance travels in reverse from houses populated by midcentury-modern furniture to the collectibles’ origins in the modernist city of Chandigarh, India. With short, Lot 248.