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

“A documentary series that stands out.”
Der Tagesspiegel

“The series invites the viewer to have genuine, childlike encounters with masterpieces.”
Artnet

“It is about a contemporary aesthetic, a juxtaposition of multiple perspectives and personal experiences in the largest, most important museums in the world.”
Kurier Österreich

“Unusually entertaining for the subject.”
Die Welt

News

  • 04/2019 - THE ART OF MUSEUMS – Festival Selections and Award Nomination

    We’re delighted to announce “The Art of Museums” series has been selected the “Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival”, where [...]

    We’re delighted to announce "The Art of Museums" series has been selected the "Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival", where the Museo del Prado with Joyce DiDonato and Munch Museum with Karl Ove Knausgård will be shown in May. The series will also be shown on July 22nd as part of the "East Hampton TV Festival" and in November at the "New York City TV Festival" Not only this, it’s also been nominated for a Remi Award at World-Fest Houston. Keep your fingers crossed!


  • 10/2018 - THE ART OF MUSEUMS Press Event in the Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

    The press event for our brand new series THE ART OF MUSEUMS took place in the hallowed halls of Berlin’s [...]

    The press event for our brand new series THE ART OF MUSEUMS took place in the hallowed halls of Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie on Monday 22nd October. We were treated to a manifesto from artist Jonathan Meese and a discussion moderated by Elke Buhr from Monopol on the future of museums, with fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, Udo Kittelmann, Ralph Gleis and Wolfgang Bergmann. The first four episodes will be aired on arte.tv and ZDF in Germany at the following dates and times. The next four will be available to watch in Spring 2019: The Museo del Prado, Madrid, with Joyce DiDonato: 25. November 2018 at 15.35 The Musée d’Orsay, Paris, with Sasha Waltz: 2. December 2018 at 15.35 The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, with Vivienne Westwood: 9. December 2018 at 15.35 The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, with Erwin Olaf: 16. December 2018 at 14.55 ORF (Austria) will be airing two episodes before Christmas on ORF2. The rest will follow next year: The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, with Vivienne Westwood: 10. December 2018 at 23.15 The Museo del Prado, Madrid, with Joyce DiDonato: 17. December 2018 at 23.15 Join us as we are guided through eight internationally famous museums by stars of the culture-world…


  • 04/2018 - "The Art of Museums" at Cannes and Sunny Side of the Doc

    We’re delighted to announce that two films from our documentary series ‘The Art of Museums’ will be shown at the Marché du [...]

    We’re delighted to announce that two films from our documentary series ‘The Art of Museums’ will be shown at the Marché du Film at Cannes on the 9th and 12th of May at 6 pm (distributed by Autlook Films). Furthermore, a special panel involving the museums and international broadcasters will take place in La Rochelle at Sunny Side of the Doc on 26th June.

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THE ART OF MUSEUMS

In the halls of world-famous museums, stars of the creative industry experience some of the world’s most iconic paintings. New ways of seeing emerge and the power of art is articulated in fresh, and often unexpected, ways.

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 digitized world.

We do this through the eyes and hearts of 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 opera singer.

In Vienna, for example, activist and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood guides us through the Kunsthistorisches Museum, encountering artworks that resonate with her own outspoken career, exploring poignant themes like social justice and female empowerment. 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 unique life of the Alte Nationalgalerie, a space within which the cultural heritage of both East and West meet. 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.

To respond to the burgeoning demand for online art, we have created 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, our expert at historian Dr. Matt Lodder will contexualize the artworks, 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 window into our hosts’ own creative practice, and every episode expresses a particular museum’s unique spirit in an intimate yet cinematic style. Enhanced by our multi-perspective approach to storytelling, THE ART OF MUSEUMS creates a unique experience of some of the world’s most famous pieces of art and the museums that house them.

“A documentary series that stands out.”
Der Tagesspiegel

“The series invites the viewer to have genuine, childlike encounters with masterpieces.”
Artnet

“It is about a contemporary aesthetic, a juxtaposition of multiple perspectives and personal experiences in the largest, most important museums in the world.”
Kurier Österreich

“Unusually entertaining for the subject.”
Die Welt

 

Directors: Sylvie Kürsten, Julie Kirchhoff, Ralf Pleger, Kurt Mayer
Producer: Tuan Lam
Junior 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
Produced by: Christian Beetz
Commissioning editors: Dieter Schneider (ZDF/arte), Martin Traxl (ORF), Sharon Nuni (ORF)
Research: Janne Gärtner

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  • The Art of Museums - The Museo del Prado, Madrid, with Joyce DiDonato

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    25 November 2018 at 3:35 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Museo del Prado, Madrid, with Joyce DiDonato

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    02 December 2018 at 6:05 am

  • The Art of Museums - The Musée d’Orsay, Paris, with Sasha Waltz

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    02 December 2018 at 3:35 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, with Vivienne Westwood

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    09 December 2018 at 3:35 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, with Vivienne Westwood

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    10 December 2018 at 11:15 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, with Erwin Olaf

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    16 December 2018 at 2:55 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Museo del Prado, Madrid, with Joyce DiDonato

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    17 December 2018 at 11:15 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Uffizi, Florence, with Wolfgang Joop

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    03 February 2019 at 3:20 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, with Katharina Grosse

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    10 February 2019 at 3:35 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Munch Museum, Oslo, with Karl Ove Knausgård

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    17 February 2019 at 3:35 pm

  • The Art of Museums - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, with Julie Mehretu

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    24 February 2019 at 3:35 pm

  • Welt, 23 November, 2018

    "The viewer gets a kind of private tour of each museum from famous people working in artistic fields."

  • Tagesspiegel, 23 November, 2018

    “Fast edits, scene-making and dramatic lighting: with this series about museums ARTE demonstrates how exciting the transmission of knowledge can be.”

  • Monopol, 22 November, 2018

    “Many of the certainties about European museums are questioned, for example, how and why collections are collected, and where objects come from. A museum is a constantly changing space.”

  • Süddeutsche, 22 November, 2018

    "The creators of the series know that art is important and expensive and really smart. But they have also learned that museums can be pretty boring places. They approach this idea on the offensive."

  • Focus, 24 November, 2018

    "You have to see great art with your own eyes (...) it is even better if you can share that moment with another person. This Sunday, ARTE is launching a new TV series about these kinds of encounters."

  • Welt.de, 25 November, 2018

    "A breathtaking journey through the museums of this world."

  • Welt.de, 26 November, 2018

    "Westwood almost crawls into the pictures… and sets off the alarm."

  • Österreichische Nachrichten, 11 Dec, 2018

    "So that’s a museum! So exciting, so inviting, so empathetic."