Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

 

A highlight of the Event Cinema calendar, this landmark cinema release will be introduced by the Director of the National Gallery, Gabriele Finaldi. It opens with a brand-new 60-minute documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin narrated by actor Dominic West (The WireThe AffairLes MisérablesColette). This will be followed by a 30-minute private view filmed exclusively for cinemas of the forthcoming National Gallery exhibition ‘The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits’, just after it opens in London.This fascinating cinema event opens with a brand-new documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin, one of the world’s most popular and important artists.

Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, this cinematic film will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary – and at times controversial – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, artists and world experts. It will be followed by an exclusive private view of the National Gallery exhibition The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, just after it opens in London. The cinema audience will be given an engaging and lively guided tour by the exhibition curators and guest contributors, bringing this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits to the big screen with stunning close-ups and illuminating insights.

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of November 2019 to the 31st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Filmed on location in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK by award-winning producer-director Patricia Wheatley (Pompeii LiveHokusai from the British Museum), the documentary will explore Gauguin’s extraordinary – and often problematic – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, contemporary artists and world experts. The film examines Gauguin’s legacy not only through the lens of art history, but also those of gender and post-colonial politics, reassessing the artist’s treatment of young indigenous women and his role in 19th century French colonialism.

Pacific art historian and film contributor Caroline Vercoe comments: ‘Gauguin’s work expresses a colonial male fantasy projected into our part of the world, and many of these assumptions and stereotypes remain today.’

Filmed exclusively for cinemas in high definition with stunning close-ups, the exhibition private view will give art enthusiasts around the UK the opportunity to see this first ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits on the big screen the week after it opens at the National Gallery in London. Hosted by art historian and broadcaster Kate Bryan who will welcome the cinema audience, the engaging and insightful guided tour is led by the exhibition co-curator Christopher Riopelle, with illuminating commentary from expert contributors including painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling, and artist and writer Billy Childish.

Exhibition co-curator Christopher Riopelle comments: ‘I think of Gauguin as a very great artist for his formal inventiveness, for the richness of content in his art, which we have not yet plumbed, which we probably never will. At the same time, one of the evidences of his greatness is that he has become a focus for contemporary issues. We can’t help but think about the treatment of women and girls. We can’t help but think of some of his other bad behaviour, in contemporary terms. It means that he’s very much alive for us.’

Gauguin from the National Gallery, London

Running time 90 minutes (TBC)

Theatrical rights are available from the 1st of November 2019 to the 31st of June 2020 for cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.