This series of film screenings is inspired by the exhibition Rembrandt, Vermeer & The Dutch Golden Age. Curated by Hind Mezaina.
Admission to each screening is free.
Please pre-book your ticket online, by calling +971 600 56 55 66 or at the museum ticketing desk.
Saturday 9 March | 5pm
Director: Alexander Korda
1936 | Drama | PG15 | 85 min | English
A moving biopic of the fabled Dutch painter, elegantly shot in black and white by cinematographer Georges Perinal (Le million, The Fallen Idol) with an attention to light that is particularly Rembrandtesque.
Beginning when Rembrandt’s reputation was at its height, the film follows his quiet descent into loneliness and isolated self-expression, following the death of his wife to the unveiling of the famous Night Watch painting.
Saturday 16 March | 5pm
2013 | Documentary | PG13 | 80 min | English
Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: how did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?
The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.
Saturday 23 March | 5pm
Director: Harun Farocki
1997 | Experimental | 56 min | PG15 | German with English subtitles
According to Director Harum Farocki, today’s advertising is continuing the tradition of 17th century Flemish painters by depicting objects from everyday life.
The filmmaker illustrates this hypothesis with three documentary sequences, which show the contemporary photographers at work creating “still life”: a cheese-board, beer glasses and an expensive watch.
Saturday 30 March | 5pm
Director: Pieter-Rim de Kroon
2003 | Documentary | 95 min | PG13 | Dutch and English with English subtitles
It has long been said that the light in the Netherlands differs from other parts of the world.
This unique light can be seen in landscapes by Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael, and in interiors and still lifes by Johannes Vermeer, Pieter Saenredam and Willem Claesz Heda. It’s also in the works of later artists such as Jan Weissenbruch, Willem Roelofs, Paul Gabriël and Piet Mondriaan.
But is it real or just a myth? Distinguished artists, art historians and scientists from different countries discuss what is Dutch light? Is it different from light anywhere else in the world? Has it really had a significant impact on art and science? And is it true that it has changed or disappeared? Dutch Light is an extraordinary film about a phenomenon that is as ordinary as it is unique.
Film Rating Guide
In accordance with UAE National Media Council:
PG13: Customer may be aged 13 years and under, but must be accompanied by someone 13 years old or older. Please note content may not be appropriate for 13 years and below, booking to be at the discretion of guardians and parents.
PG15: Customer may be aged 15 years and under, but must be accompanied by someone 15 years old or older. Please note content may not be appropriate for 15 years and below, booking to be at the discretion of guardians and parents.
Louvre Abu Dhabi has provided its recommended ratings for all films, based on its assessment of the film’s content and themes. Ratings are for customer guidance only and Louvre Abu Dhabi accepts no liability for their accuracy.
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