Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Canaletto & the Art of Venice is a new film shot in ultra HD 4K, based on the exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Premiering in Brisbane, the film will be in cinemas across Australia from August 2, 2018.

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No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.


EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s latest release, in cinemas across Australia from August 2nd, will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of Canaletto's work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. The film is directed by David Bickerstaff, and co-written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky.

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From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice will travel to the great Italian city to explore the origins of Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto's skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened up vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The 'capriccio' combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist - he is a master storyteller.


Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

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ABOUT EXHIBITION ON SCREEN

Working with the world’s leading international museums and galleries, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN creates films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art and artists, accompanied by insights from the world's leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN has released 19 films which have been shown in 61 countries worldwide. It is, UK’s Guardian writes, ‘a global phenomenon’. For further information and details of screenings, visit exhibitiononscreen.com

Brilliant Artist Films at The Byron Theatre

The Byron Theatre is showing a double feature event for art lovers: Salvatore Zofrea – Master of Light, and The life and art of Bruce Goold – Under the Lino.

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SUNDAY OCT 22nd, 3.30 –7.00 PM
Tickets $18
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BRILLIANT ARTIST FILMS
 
SALVATORE ZOFREA – Master of Light tells the life story of one of Australia’s great painters. His journey has taken him from war torn Italy as a child to his search for a new life in Australia. From his studios in Sydney and the Blue Mountains to his birthplace in Southern Italy, we follow Salvatore’s story as he creates ‘Morning Light’ a monumental artwork, 100 ft long reminiscent of Monet’s panoramas that he did at the end of his life’.
A film by award winning film-maker Richard Mordaunt

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BRUCE GOOLD – The life and art of Bruce Goold – Under the Lino
Bruce Goold is another of Australia’s greatest living artists. His life is a fascinating journey that has take him from the Yellow House in Sydney, to exhibitions in Ireland and London, book cover designs all around the world and thousands and thousands of lino cut art pictures. UNDER THE LINO tracks down some of his finest pieces of art spread around the world, woven through wonderful conversations of great times and exotic people. This is a film full of humour and eccentric art.
A film by award winning film-maker Bill Leimbach.
 
There will be an interval between the films with food, drink and music and a Q&A where Richard and Bill will talk about how the films were made and the treacherous journey of crowd funding an Arts film.