This brand-new 60-minute documentary about the life and work of Paul Gauguin narrated by actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair, Colette) and will be followed by a 30-minute private view of the National Gallery exhibition, Gauguin Portraits, while it is currently on display in London.
Filmed in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas Islands and the UK, the film explores Gauguin’s extraordinary – and often problematic – artistic achievement, with commentary from his descendants, 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.
The private view of this first-ever exhibition of Gauguin’s portraits was filmed exclusively for cinemas in high definition with stunning close-ups. 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.
Sunday, Feb 2 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Oscar Shorts: Animation – 2pm
Oscar Shorts: Live-Action – 4pm
Gauguin: Live from the National Gallery, London – 7pm – Last Chance!