THE ART OF MUSEUMS

In the halls of eight world-famous museums, powerful encounters are taking place. Stars of the creative industry take on some of the world’s most iconic paintings. New ways of seeing emerge, the raw potency of art is articulated in fresh, unexpected ways.

This is art with a twist.

In this eight part documentary series we dig deep into the souls of eight museums and discover their unique spirits, turbulent histories and the challenges they face in a fast-changing digitised world.

We do this through the eyes and hearts of world renowned creatives. Celebrities like Vivienne Westwood, Marina Abramovic and Karl Ove Knausgaard explore artists from Caravaggio to Kandinsky, from Gentileschi to Goya, showing us how just how relevant and important their artworks continue to be, both to themselves and within the public imagination. Each episode is dedicated to a particular museum:

• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
• Musée d‘Orsay | Paris
• Uffizi Gallery | Florence
• Museo del Prado | Madrid
• Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam
• Nationalgalerie | Berlin
• Kunsthistorisches Museum | Vienna
• Munch Museum | Oslo

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THE ART OF MUSEUMS

In the halls of eight world-famous museums, powerful encounters are taking place. Stars of the creative industry take on some of the world’s most iconic paintings. New ways of seeing emerge, the raw potency of art is articulated in fresh, unexpected ways.

This is art with a twist.

In this eight part documentary series we dig deep into the souls of eight museums and discover their unique spirits, turbulent histories and the challenges they face in a fast-changing digitised world.

We do this through the eyes and hearts of world renowned creatives. Celebrities like Vivienne Westwood, Marina Abramovic and Karl Ove Knausgaard explore artists from Caravaggio to Kandinsky, from Gentileschi to Goya, showing us how just how relevant and important their artworks continue to be, both to themselves and within the public imagination.  Each episode is dedicated to a particular museum:

• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
• Musée d‘Orsay | Paris
• Uffizi Gallery | Florence
• Museo del Prado | Madrid
• Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam
• Alte Nationalgalerie | Berlin
• Kunsthistorisches Museum | Vienna
• Munch Museum | Oslo

Each museum has its own character. It has a spirit, a biography, a challenge, a mission for the future. Some are rebellious, others are conservative, a few are even brash. Each will be introduced by an internationally renowned guest, be it an artist, fashion designer, best-selling author or actor.

In Vienna, for example, activist and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood guides us through the gallery, choosing artworks that resonate with her own outspoken career: themes like social justice, female empowerment and the search for the ‘fourth dimension’. Over in New York, artist Julie Mehretu brings us into her studio to document the creation of a new painting, before we accompany her to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a gallery space just as radical as the artist herself. Back in Berlin, we explore the trajectory of the Alte Nationalgalerie, a unique space within which the cultural heritage of both East and West can be experienced. The Rijksmuseum embodies the pride of the Dutch nation, and comes with a modern perspective. The institution is pushing the boundaries of traditional museum curation by exploring the potential of digital art collections. Acclaimed Vogue photographer Erwin Olaf discusses his lifelong relationship with the Rijksmuseum, and reflects on its ongoing influence in his own work.

Responding to the demand for online art, we move into our purpose built digital art laboratory – a space with dozens of screens that support large-scale projections and allow us to enlarge high-resolution copies of the paintings.  Here, experts and art historians will contexualise the pieces, whilst interviews with famous creatives such as Marina Abramovic, Ólafur Elíasson, Norman Foster and many more add depth and emotion to our detailed analysis of the artworks.

Every painting is a unique window into a guest’s own creative practice, and every episode expresses a particular museum’s unique spirit in a contemporary and urban style. Enhanced by detailed expert analysis by respected art historians, we create a unique experience of some of the world’s most famous pieces of art.

 

Director: Sylvie Kürsten, Julie Kirchhoff, Ralf Pleger, Kurt Mayer
Producer: Tuan Lam
Assistant Producer: Alice Popplewell
Director of Photography: Jakob Stark, Christoph Valentien
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner

Production Manager: Anique Roelfsema
Technical Supervisor: Xavier Agudo
Cross Media Department: Hannah Kappes
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning editor ZDF/ARTE: Dieter Schneider
Research: Janne Gärtner

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