Our list of art entertainment continues. If you’re fed up with binge-watching Netflix, check out the second half of our Art Fix list filled with our favourite art movies, documentaries, podcasts, and TED Talks.
LOVING VINCENT, 2017 – APPLE TV & PATHE THUIS
The world’s first fully oil-painted feature film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. This animated story is not for children but for art lovers and has been nominated for an Oscar in 2018. A true beauty. Click here to watch the trailer.
Starring Academy Award–nominee Salma Hayek, this film is a must-see for anyone who’s curious about the ever-intriguing Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, the film provides an up-close look into the life of one of the world’s most popular female artists. With her iconic unibrow, Kahlo has become an admired storyteller and cult figure by reflecting her turbulent life in her thought-provoking self-portraits. A great pick for all ‘Fridamaniacs’ out there. Click here to watch the trailer.
MONA LISA SMILE, 2003 – APPLE TV
If you’re a fan of Notting Hill and Pretty Woman, then add Mona Lisa Smile to your list. Here Julia Roberts plays the part of a free-thinking art history teacher at an all-women’s private school in the 1950s. Through art, she inspires students to pursue their dreams and question the role of women in society. This feel-good and inspiring movie will provide a positive escape in the turmoil of our reality today. Click here to watch the trailer.
THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, 2019
If you’re a fan of crime thriller films, then head over Amazon to watch The Burnt Orange Heresy. Hired to steal a rare masterpiece from a famously reclusive (fictional) painter, an art dealer becomes consumed by greed and desire as the endeavour starts to spiral out of control. Did we mention the stellar cast includes Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger? We Can Get Much Satisfaction! Click here to watch the trailer.
THE SQUARE, 2017 – NETFLIX & APPLE TV
This social satire film has left everyone wondering what the main theme is really about, and with good reason! Östlund’s film triggers anxious laughs while making us question our understanding of art, sex and human morality. Set in a Swedish contemporary art museum, a curator hosts a conceptual art project called ‘The Square’. The installation is a simple physical border (four by four meters) proclaimed to be “a sanctuary of trust and caring … within it all share equal rights and obligations”. If you’re looking for a film that will trigger some thinking, check this one out. Click here to watch the trailer.
BLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD, 2017 – YOUTUBE
This documentary lifts the curtain on the contemporary art market and narrates the ugly truth about the high-art society. From deciding who gets access to determining the “cost” of art, Barry Avrich’s documentary highlights the forces that shape the art world. If you’ve ever had a thought process similar to “how can this piece of art be worth so much?” then this one’s for you! Starring Art Fixer JP Engelen. Click here to watch it on YouTube.
KUSAMA: INFINITY, 2018
Ever wondered how the Queen of Dots built her art kingdom? This film will take you on a journey from Japan to America, covering the life of highly acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. An inspiring tale of how a young artist overcame great odds and became the top-selling female artist in the world. Click here to watch the trailer.
SAVING BANKSY, 2017 – YOUTUBE
“Saving Banksy” is the true story of one misguided art collector’s attempts to save a Banksy painting from destruction and the auction block in San Francisco. The story focuses on the street artist’s troubled relationship to the art market – an anonymous artist whose public works aren’t for sale. Or are they…? Watch the film on YouTube to form your own opinion!
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF, 2020
A chronicle of an exceptional true story about the theft of two paintings by Czech artist, Barbora Kysilkova, and how she befriended the thief who stole them. When she saw the thief for the first time at court, instead of asking for recompense, she asked him if she could paint his portrait. “It was not at all my plan to befriend my thief,” said Kysilkova, “but when I entered the court, this first concept totally vanished because what I saw there was not the criminal. I actually saw a very vulnerable, destroyed person”. Click here to watch the trailer.
Done with screens? Grab your Airpods and tune into our fave arty podcasts on Apple podcast, Spotify or your favorite podcast channel.
THE GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS
This podcast by art historian and curator Katy Hessel gives much-deserved attention to women artists.
THE WEEK IN ART
Looking to stay in-the-know with the latest art world updates? Check out The Week In Art podcast by art critic Ben Luke. With the help of guests such as Anselm Kiefer and Tschabalala Self, he discusses the biggest stories of the week.
HARPER’S BAZAAR POWERCAST
Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Miluska van ‘t Lam talks to leaders, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs about their personal successes, “brilliant” failures and the power of their intuition. Super interesting art podcasts in Dutch are with:
- Nynke van der Ven, an art historian and art dealer specialised in oriental antiques
- Hendrikje Crebolder, the first female director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
- Robyn de Puy, a photographer and storyteller
- Bibi van der Velden, artist and fine jewelry designer
A PIECE OF WORK
This podcast, hosted by Abbi Jacobson, gives you everything you wanted to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask. A bicycle wheel attached to a stool; a giant canvas splattered with paint; dozens of soup cans. For many museum visitors, works like these prompt a ton of questions. In this 10-episode podcast, Abbi looks for answers in lively conversations with curators, artists, and some friends.
LIU BOLIN: THE INVISIBLE MAN, 2013
Want to know more about the “Invisible Man” you saw in episode 8 when he posed for a photo for Moncler? This is your chance to listen to artist Liu Bolin. The Beijing-based artist aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background of the issue. Sound interesting? Click here to watch the TED Talk.
VIK MUNIZ: ART WITH WIRE, SUGAR, CHOCOLATE AND STRING, 2003
Vik Muniz makes art from almost anything! He uses all sorts of unconventional materials, from tomato sauce and chocolate syrup to diamonds, and recreates famous masterpieces. In this 15-minute talk, he shares the inspiration and thinking that goes into his work. Buckle up as he takes you on a short but sweet art journey that’s truly one of a kind. Click here to watch the TED Talk