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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from votes
||Release: 12 February 2015 (Netherlands) /
||Director: Frederick Wiseman,
||Synopsis: The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored. Written by Directors' Fortnight
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Frederick Wiseman's new documentary NATIONAL GALLERY runs three hours;
three hours of dissecting and analyzing the workings of one of the
world's great Museums - the National Gallery in London England. Probing
paintings' meaning and content; structure and design; the decisions
involved in the way venerated and treasured works of art are conserved,
restored, cleaned, lit and hung. We also are privy to the voices of the
docents, curators, and staff talking about specific artworks connecting
their audiences to the aesthetics, beauty, history, and science of
conservation; the various pathways a painting takes from its original
creation; its entry into various collections, and finally to its
safe-keeping for posterity in the National Gallery Museum. We even
listen to Nicholas Penny, the rumpled-haired Museum Director in a
lecture taking a stab at Poussin - admitting that he is not sure if he
likes the work, but is always intrigued by it.
Questions of elitism and exclusivity vs.accessibility and
egalitarianism in light of budgetary considerations are discussed at
meetings; there are lots of meetings. The film might have edited out
some of the discussions - but I felt that the prosaic, the boring, the
everyday-ness was worth observing. The running of a museum is not
always glamorous. The decisions that establishments have to make in
order to grip the public's interest - what lengths do they go to
attract visitors, and at what price to their institution?
Wiseman just lets his camera roll; he never uses "voice overs". His
working method and vitality at age 84 is unchanged - not intrusive -
the filmmaker is always invisible - interviews are conducted by others.
Frederick Wiseman lets us be the proverbial "fly on the wall" in a
space that ordinarily would be bug-proof.
I loved watching one of the restorers discussing the cleaning of
Velasquez' Christ in The House of Martha and Mary and passionately
ponder the dilemma - do we over-strip the varnish used 100's of years
ago and thereby brighten and change the artists' original intent?
Ethical problems and compromises come into question. An in-house
construction of a triptychs' impressive frame delicately carved by the
crafts-men and women associated with the Museum, and the lighting of
the finished piece held me spellbound, as did the issue of a cast
shadow obscuring the top 1/4 of the painting once the work was
installed. We also pay heed to restorers scraping away tiny slivers of
paint with scalpels, Q-tips, eye-droppers, etc. and then put the
minuscule paint shavings on a slide tray to be placed under a
microscope to be scrutinized - to be thoroughly examined yielding a
plethora of information; new scientific techniques today make this kind
of investigation possible. We mark the fragility of time's passing on
art realizing that there are effects that you have to live with, and
guard against, but ultimately methodical and deductive technical
intervention will be called upon to "save" the work from aging and
The camera also takes us outside the Museum with aerial views of
Trafalgar Square lit by the grays of daylight to the shimmering of the
early darkness -focusing on the diverse community waiting patiently in
the cold to to see the Da Vinci exhibition "Painter at the Court of
Milan" (2012.) We are never far away from the human response to art -
the intensity of the onlooker's gaze, the curiosity, confusion,
delight, horror and interior peace that art can inculcate.
Other blockbusters such as "Turner Inspired by the light of Claude" and
"Metamorphosis: Titian 2012" are exhibitions that we are fortunate to
attend and hear curators/docents of varying sizes, ages and accents
advocating for art's fascination and magnetism; confronting us with
their disparate styles - some humorous, others psychoanalytical - all
informative. Each artwork has a presence with an individual history and
personal narrative imprinted on its essence - like life itself this
movie is thrilling, enigmatic, complex and a singular jewel.
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