ART + DOCS: In the mind of the artist

The Greek Film Archive and Exile Room present a week of documentary dedicated to the obsessive universe of artistic creation, September 10th to 16th. Recent productions, as well as vintage gems that deign a second coming, will stimulate both the eyes and the minds of art-loving movie buffs.

Renowned documentary filmmakers, like Peter Watkins, Agnès Varda and Nathaniel Kahn, meet notable newcomers in a kaleidoscope of films on the eternal hunt for inspiration, the elusive nature or talent and the limits of artistic expression.

An extraordinary look into the urban street art scene, unconventional portraits of ingenious artists, like Edvard Munch and David Hockney, unknown trailblazers demanding the retelling of Art History, titillating imagery and shameless press manipulations courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe and Maurizio Cattelan, are just a few of the things you can expect to see in this showcase, that can only be described as a rollercoaster ride through the impenetrable world of art.

All screenings will take place at Lais, the Greek Film Archive’s open-air cinema (48 Iera Odos St. & 134-136 Megalou Aleksandrou St., Keramikos Metro station), with Greek and English subtitles.

This is the second collaborative foray into Art + Docs, organized by the Greek Film Archive and Exile Room, following a successful showcase in 2015.

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The “Art + Docs” tribute is carried out in the context of “Cinephilia in the New Age II” which is funded by the European Union — European Regional Development Fund (Operational Programme ROP ATTIKI of NSRF 2014-2020). All actions are carried out under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

 

Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint

Swedish Hilma af Klint was a trailblazing abstract artist before the term was even invented, unprecedented by any other painter. So why does the name of the artist, who discovered abstract painting at the beginning of the 20th century, remain absent from the History of Art?

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Mural Murals

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Traversing the City of Angels, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles – as much monumental as they are ephemeral– as a backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures.

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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Welcome to the x-rated world of Robert Mapplethorpe, the man who single-handedly changed the way people viewed polaroid photography. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato accomplish their mission of humanising one of the most notorious figures in 20th century photography.

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A Bigger Splash

Beautiful like a rainbow and as real as a synthetic diamond, “A Bigger Splash” predicts the onslaught of reality TV that flooded our screens in the early ’90s and never really went away. Half-dramatized sequences from David Hockney’s glittery life at the height of his power infiltrate the Swinging London scene without a care in the world.

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Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Genius or joker? Maurizio Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world beginning in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations. Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the pre-eminent art-world prankster of our time.

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Edvard Munch

Famously described by the late Ingmar Bergman as “a work of genius”, Peter Watkins’ multi-faceted masterwork is more than just a biopic of the iconic Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch. It is one of the best films ever made about the artistic process.

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The Proposal

Luis Barragán is considered the most important Mexican architect that ever lived and one of the most acclaimed architects of the 20th Century. So why has his archive disappeared off the face of the earth? “The Proposal” is about to solve this architectural mystery by building an equally confounding riddle.
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Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint

Swedish Hilma af Klint was a trailblazing abstract artist before the term was even invented, unprecedented by any other painter. So why does the name of the artist, who discovered abstract painting at the beginning of the 20th century, remain absent from the History of Art?

Read more

Leaning into the Wind

According to British artist Andy Goldsworthy, there are two ways of approaching the world: You can walk on the path or you can walk through the hedge. And that’s exactly what he does in this magnificent cinematic encounter between the permanent and the itinerant.

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A Bigger Splash

Beautiful like a rainbow and as real as a synthetic diamond, “A Bigger Splash” predicts the onslaught of reality TV that flooded our screens in the early ’90s and never really went away. Half-dramatized sequences from David Hockney’s glittery life at the height of his power infiltrate the Swinging London scene without a care in the world.

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The Price of Everything

Today, art is spectacle, big bucks and front-page news. Can the value of art really be measured in dollars and euros? How are these values assigned and who assigns them? “The Price of Everything” asks some hard questions as it systematically demystifies the rarefied world of contemporary art and has a ton of fun in the process!

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Mural Murals

After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Traversing the City of Angels, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles – as much monumental as they are ephemeral– as a backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures.

Read more

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