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Experience a global revolution of world class art, history and biography through the works of the greatest masters of our time.

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Frida – Viva La Vida
Broadcast in HD

Mar 30

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Frida – Viva La Vida

Frida – Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love. With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico.

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LEONARDO 500
Broadcast in HD

Apr 20

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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LEONARDO 500

Five hundred years after his death, Leonardo continues to be one of the most admired and well-known figures in human history. An artist, architect, humanist, naturalist and military strategist, Leonardo Da Vinci was, above all else, a tireless observer constantly searching for new discoveries. Through the use of decades-long studies and research by leading international experts, technicians and engineers, the event film exclusively analyzes the theories and modern implications behind Da Vinci’s work, allowing audiences to witness the genius of Leonardo with new and insightful perspectives.  

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HERMITAGE. THE POWER OF ART
Broadcast in HD

May 4

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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HERMITAGE. THE POWER OF ART

A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture. The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads us on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations.

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DINOSAURS
Broadcast in HD

Jun 8

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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DINOSAURS

Everybody knows the T-Rex and the other dinosaurs we normally hear about and see on exhibition in natural history museums. But where do they come from? How do these giant creatures of the past end up on display?

The documentary event film “Dinosaurs” traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts. This is a thrilling journey that takes viewers to the world’s most exclusive galleries and auction houses, where wealthy collectors and prestigious scientific institutes go to great lengths to acquire the world’s rarest specimens.  

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Wunderkammer
Broadcast in HD

Jun 29

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Wunderkammer

The Wunderkammer – also known as “cabinets of curiosities” – emerged among sovereigns and elite collectors in the 16th century. There are extraordinary rooms all over the world: the Renaissance cabinets that became some of today’s major museums over the course of the 18th century, and those of the present, whose contents come from the most prestigious galleries displayed in amazing villas and castles. The documentary event film allows viewers a never-before-seen look into these secret places filled with eccentric and priceless oddities in private collections to reveal the wonder that lies inside them.

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BERNINI
Broadcast in HD

Jul 13

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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BERNINI

“No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City. And there is probably no better place to appreciate his talent and genius than the Borghese Gallery in Rome… But during the remarkable exhibition titled ‘Bernini,’ visiting may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” – The New York Times. The selection of more than 60 masterpieces on display at the Villa Borghese in Rome has been defined by art experts as Bernini’s return home. Five centuries have passed since the birth of the artist’s magnificent sculptures and through exclusive, never-before-seen footage, the curators of this stunning exhibition uncover the details of these treasures, on loan from the world’s most prestigious museums for this extraordinary cinematic experience.

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The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders
Broadcast in HD

Nov 18 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders

THE PRADO MUSEUM: A COLLECTION OF WONDERS celebrates the 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum — one of the most-visited museums in the world. Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more.

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Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost
Broadcast in HD

Oct 21 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost

GAUGUIN IN TAHITI: PARADISE LOST traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

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Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice
Broadcast in HD

Sep 23 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice

Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. With the enchanting narrative voice of twice Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies – Encore Screening

Jul 29 2019

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies – Encore Screening

Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. In the early 20th century, Kröller-Müller amassed nearly 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings now housed at her namesake museum in Holland. The Basilica Palladina exhibition in Vicenza, “Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies,” with 40 paintings and 85 drawings on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum, lends the basis of this program, revealing Van Gogh’s art and his genius, while allowing audiences to understand the importance of drawing as part of his craft.

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Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light

Jun 3 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light

Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

An in-depth, exclusive tour led by Monet scholars of the museums that house the largest collections of the prolific artist’s lilies paintings including the Musée Marmottan Monet, the Orsay Museum, the world-famous panels at L’Orangerie and concluding with Monet’s own house and gardens at Giverny, the site where his fascination for water lilies was born.

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Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

Apr 29 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890’s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele. This exhibition proves an in-depth examination fo images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt’s mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality.

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Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood

Mar 25 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood

Take an immersive journey through the life, works and struggles of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. Roberto Longhi, a Caravaggio expert, explores in the artist’s masterpieces the echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional. These evocative moments — thanks to the use of light and cinematic techniques — allow viewers to go deep inside the mind and soul of Caravaggio, empathizing with his impulses and fears.

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies

Feb 25 2019

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

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Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies

Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. In the early 20th century, Kröller-Müller amassed nearly 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings now housed at her namesake museum in Holland.

The Basilica Palladina exhibition in Vicenza, “Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies,” with 40 paintings and 85 drawings on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum, lends the basis of this program, revealing Van Gogh’s art and his genius, while allowing audiences to understand the importance of drawing as part of his craft.

Van Gogh’s seemingly instinctive canvases were the result of long, preparatory studies very rarely exhibited – not just sketches but stunning works of art in and of themselves, where the broken flow of lines that characterize the style and strokes in Van Gogh’s paintings can already be seen.

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