Renoir: Revered and Reviled (ARTiculate: Films)

This year is the centenary of the death of French Impressionist master Auguste Renoir. His depiction of the charming and romantic 19th century French middle-class life in such paintings as “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette” and “Luncheon of the Boating Party” still fascinate viewers to this day, while the “Dance series” from 1883 remains his most popular works.

Matisse from Tate Modern and MoMA (ARTiculate: Films)

Inspired by impressionistic painters the likes of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, French artist Henri Matisse used vivid colors and visceral imagery to express strong emotions, making him a pioneer of the art movement known as Fauvism…

Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible (ARTiculate: Films)

As Marcel Duchamp can attest with his painting of the “Mona Lisa” with a moustache, art does not necessarily need to be highbrow in order to achieve immortality. His subversive attitude to art redefined its meaning that had been well-established for several hundred years.

In Search of Beethoven (In Search of the Great Composers: Films)

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and we’re celebrating the momentous occasion with a special screening of this absorbing documentary, “In Search of Beethoven”. Known as the patron saint of music, Beethoven has given the world iconic pieces such as “The Eroica Symphony”, “Ode to Joy” and “The Pastoral Symphony”.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s contemporary dance retelling of Cinderella has been performed for over 20 years, and each rerun has been highly popular, with tickets being sold out well in advance. Bourne sets the classic children’s tale in London during the Second World War, and instead of Cinderella meeting her prince, she encounters an RAF pilot and they fall passionately in love.

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Vincent van Gogh had had a lifelong yearning for love, but yet his life and death were filled with loneliness. Throughout his life, he suffered from constant anxiety and discomfort as well as a relentless struggle with poverty and romantic failures, culminating in a rage-filled episode in which he cut off his own ear, followed by suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He found solace only in art, and through painting he soothed his pain. Van Gogh immersed himself in rural life and nature, and consoled himself with the heavens and the earth, creating distinctive visions of night skies and wheat fields. He once wrote that “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

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Vermeer and Music (ARTiculate: Film)

Vermeer and Music (ARTiculate: Film)

In the film Girl with a Pearl Earring, inspired by Vermeer’s famous painting, Scarlett Johansson perfectly captures the spirit of the title character with her dreamy expression, captivating eyes and luscious lips. Along with Rembrandt and van Gogh, Vermeer is seen as one of the three greatest Dutch masters. Meticulously rendering the play of light and shadows with soft and delicate tones, Vermeer’s masterpieces, such as The Milkmaid, Woman Reading a Letter and The Art of Painting are almost always set within confined domestic spaces, combining carefully arranged objects and human figures in superb compositions.

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Water Lilies of Monet-The Magic of Water and Light (ARTiculate: Films)

For over 20 years, French Impressionist founder Claude Monet painted a series of around 250 paintings of water lilies in his garden at his home in Giverny, perfectly capturing the ever-changing interplay of color and light of the flowers and their reflections in the water in every season and at different times of the day and night. This series is seen as among the most important Impressionist paintings, earning Monet the title of “Raphael of Water”. This film visits the heavenly Monet’s garden at Giverny and Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Marmottan in Paris to unravel the mystery of Monet’s obsession with water lilies and gives audiences the opportunity to become enchanted with the painter’s unique vision.

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Rembrandt (ARTiculate: Films)

Aside from Van Gogh, Rembrandt is also widely seen as one of the greatest Dutch painters of all time. Acclaimed as the magician of light and shadows, Rembrandt transformed plain scenes into lively and theatrical moments with dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, sophisticated colour layering and dynamic compositions. Rembrandt rose to fame with “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”, while “The Night Watch” is generally considered the height of his painterly achievement.

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Bauhaus Spirit: A 100 Years of Bauhaus (ARTiculate: Films)

“2019: Centenary of the Bauhaus movement!” For the past 100 years, this world-renowned German art school has greatly influenced architecture, graphics, interiors and even typography. For example, computer and cell phone giant Apple and Japanese lifestyle brand Muji have been inspired by Bauhaus with their ‘less is more’ philosophies. Several famous painters such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee taught at the Bauhaus school, as did master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe…

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