Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
Here's a summer travel offer you cannot refuse. Take a seat and the MFAH gives you an up-close tour of museum exhibitions around the world. Filmed exclusively for cinema in stunning high definition, each 90-minute film explores the exhibition process, with commentary from curators and leading art historians, plus a revealing artist bigoraphy. Bon voyage!
Past Events in This Series
Traveling to studios, gardens, and iconic locations throughout the United States, Britain, and France, this documentary reveals the story of the pioneering American Impressionists who crafted a sumptuous visual language.
Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major reinstallation of the museum’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death.
Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir are among the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and those of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were these artists, really? Why and how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?
Shot on location throughout Europe, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the Impressionist’s most loved and iconic scenes.
The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar, but what is really known about the Renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?
Exclusive access to opening night at a British exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings captures the excitement of the occasion and provides a fascinating exploration of the artist’s great works.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) is known and loved for his Impressionist paintings of Paris, among the world's favorites. However, Renoir grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film—highlighting the remarkable collection of 181 Renoir works at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia—examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions to this day. Some people claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works, and some claim they are seduced. What may be most surprising is[…]
This documentary offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the acclaimed 2014 exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, hailed as the most successful exhibition in the history of London’s Tate Modern. The film also features exclusive footage from the show’s presentation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
In 2013, all of Norway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863–1944), one of the towering figures of Modern art. The National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo, cohosted the exhibition Munch 150 (June–October 2013). Featuring 220 paintings, it brought together the greatest number of Munch's key works ever on view in one exhibition, and was rightfully hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show.” Global interest was huge—not least as a result of one of Munch's[…]
The exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure at the National Gallery, London (June–September 2013) offered a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all—Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. The exhibition focused on Vermeer's relationship with music, one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting, revealing an enormous amount about the sitters and the society in which they lived. In the film, narrator Tim Marlow[…]
Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), Spain’s most celebrated artist, is widely considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he was also a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence. His genius was reappraised in the landmark exhibition Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery, London (October 2015–January 2016). This film draws from the exhibition to look in depth at Goya’s eventful life. Extensive location footage, Goya’s revealing letters, and a unique presentation[…]
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but Rembrandt: The Late Works, hosted in 2014 and 2015 by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, was an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both venues, the filmmakers document the landmark exhibition while interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with the behind-the-scenes preparations at these world-famous institutions. The exhibition focuses on highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, commonly thought to be his finest years. The masterpieces he produced during this period[…]