Exhibition on Screen at CMA
Films include Vermeer, Klimt, Pissarro, and more!

Exhibition on Screen is offering access to the world’s greatest institutions and leading international art experts, each film is a cinematic journey into the personal and creative lives of history’s best-loved artists.

This series of Exhibition on Screen is presented in partnership with McConnell Arts Center, Gateway Film Center, and Columbus Museum of Art. We are excited to present art documentaries at each location with this partnership.

Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers at the Museum.

Film Schedule

Pissarro: Father of Impressionism

Directed by David Bickerstaff, running time: 94 minutes
March 7, 7:00–8:30 PM

The most extensive documentary ever made about one of the most significant artists in history
—Sydney Herald

Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as “the father of Impressionism”.

Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris and, by the age of 43, had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics but the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favourite artistic movement.

Pissarro was a dedicated family man, generous with his advice, passionate about experimentation, well-read, socially aware and an anarchist. It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed and, throughout it all, he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.

This enlightening, beautifully illustrated documentary assures Pissarro his place in history.
—Mature Times

Filmed on location in France, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Kunstmuseum in Basel. With exclusive access to the most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores the enthralling and hugely important biography of an extraordinary artist.


Other Showings:
McConnell Arts Center: March 1, 7:00 PM

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Directed by David Bickerstaff, running time: 86 minutes
April 11, 7:00–8:30 PM

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation.

For Lucian Freud the act of ’looking’ was everything. This film is very much about the self, the progress of time and one man’s intense struggle with the making of making art.

A well-rounded Study. Art lovers will enjoy the explication of Freud’s working methods, the close-ups of cruddy brushes; while gossip-fanciers will lap up the ‘bad boy’ anecdotes.
—Total Film Magazine


Other Showings:
McConnell Arts Center: April 5, 7:00 PM


Image: As seen in Exhibition on Screen Klimt & The Kiss
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (detail), 1907–1908. Oil paint, Gold leaf. Austrian Gallery Belvedere
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