Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Manet feted in museums, cinemas, from London to Venice


Rome, April 11 - April is a big month for Edouard
Considered by many to be the father of modern painting, the
19th-century French realist has already been feted at the Royal
Academy in London since January in a blockbuster show called
Manet: Portraying Life, the first-ever exhibition devoted to his
The acclaimed show closes on Sunday, but not before a
cinematic exclamation point is added to its run Thursday with
the anticipated screening of a documentary film by the same name
in 30 countries including Italy.
With dozens of showtimes across the country, the film is
directed by Phil Grabsky, who's trying out his winning
museum-to-screen formula for the second time since last year's
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter in the Court of Milan, based on a hit
at the National Gallery in London.
Like the show, the documentary features 50 portraits and
related works, plus a sort of virtual tour by the art historian
Tim Marlow who discusses Manet with an array of respected
writers, performers and artists, not to mention the curators of
the exhibition, Mary Anne Stevens and Larry Nichols
The spotlight on Manet shifts to Venice later this month
for the opening of 'Manet, Ritorno a Venezia' (Manet, Return to
From April 24 to August 18, visitors to the Doge's Palace
will be treated to a collection of paintings from the Musee
D'Orsay, which helped organized the exhibit.
Some of the works are leaving the Paris museum, which
boasts the largest Manet collection in the world, for the first
time in history.
The film and the exhibition in Venice each trod different
The documentary takes viewers on a journey through the life
and times of the artist, from displaying his work at the Salon
des Refuses in 1863, to exploring his love for Japanese art and
culture, and his passion for Haussmann's Parisian boulevards.
It also explores how his technique was revolutionized by
new technology and the advent of photography, as well as by the
poetry of Baudelaire and Mallarme', and the prose of Zola, not
to mention his friendships with Proust and Monet.
The exhibit at the Doge's Palace takes a surprising
While Manet's love for Spanish art is well documented,
curators in Venice focus on how the Italian Renaissance also
influenced his output.
Thus, hung alongside his masterpieces is a tableaux of
sixteenth-century Venetian painting, ranging from Titian and
Tintoretto to Lotto.
Curated by Stephane Guegan, under the artistic direction of
Guy Cogeval and Gabriella Belli, the exhibition has been
heralded in Italy and abroad as one of the must-see art shows of
the year.

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