Arte torna arte. Sei film intorno ad una mostra

Six Films around an Exhibition is a film program, curated by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, organized to accompany the exhibition Art Returns to Art, which presents over forty works by thirty-two contemporary artists in the historic rooms of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence (May 8-November 4, 2012).

promoted by the Galleria dell’Accademia
organized by Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival
in collaboration with Odeon Firenze


May 23 to 25, 2012
Odeon Firenze, Piazza Strozzi, Florence
starting at 9 pm

All films are shown in original language, with Italian subtitles




May 23

9.00 pm

 9.30 pm
Crows from Dreams
by Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1990, 12′

This is the 5th of the 8 episodes in Kurosawa’s film, Dreams. In Crows, a young painter (the director’s alter-ego) finds himself transported into one of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, searching for the great master. He wanders through landscapes painted by the Dutch artist (an extraordinary special effect obtained through digital technology) until he finds him (played by Martin Scorsese), on a path through a wheatfield. A pistol-shot is heard. A murder of frightened crows flies away. Brought back to reality, the protagonist finds himself in a museum, in front of “Wheatfield with Crows Under a Stormy Sky”, the last picture Van Gogh painted before committing suicide.

9.45 pm
The Belly of an Architect
by Peter Greenaway, UK/Italy, 1987, 118’

American architect Stourley Kracklite arrives in Rome, accompanied by his young pregnant wife, to organize an exhibition dedicated to the architect Etienne Louis Boullée, the subject of his expert connoisseurship. Several of Rome’s symbolic buildings, including the Pantheon, Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli and the Vittorio Emanuele II monument, as well as several of Boullée’s incompleted utopian projects, form the backdrop of the descending parabola of the protagonist, who’s obsessed with the terminal illness that has stricken his midsection.

May 24

9.00 pm
Russian Ark
by Alexander Sokurov, Germany/Russia, 2001, 96’

The TV camera takes the spectator on a journey through time and the artworks collected in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The guide is an 18th century French diplomat. An extraordinary production (a cast of 4.500 actors and crowd-scene players, 3 orchestras, 22 assistant directors, 50 electricians), the film consists of a single tracking digital shot. Through the Palace’s salons, halls and chambers, the visitors encounter the people who once lived there, Peter the Great, Catherine II, Nicholas II, last of the Romanovs, and the tourists of our time.


10.45 pm
Jan Fabre au Louvre
by Wannes Peremans, Belgium, 2008, 48’

In 2008, for the first time in its history, the Louvre Museum took on contemporary art. The film follows Belgian artist Jan Fabre through the preparatory stages of the exhibition L’ange de la métamorphose, installed in the rooms devoted to painters of the Nordic School. An incisive, penetrating look at the artist’s work-processes, the documentary is also a peek behind the scenes at one of the world’s most important museums.

.May 25

9.00 pm
Francis Bacon. The Brutality of Fact
by Michael Blackwood, USA, 1985, 75’

From his studio in Chelsea, Francis Bacon answers questions asked by his friend, the art critic David Sylvester. The film is the result of a recording made of this extraordinary encounter, which took place over three days, and remains a fascinating document on the artistic vision of one of the greatest masters of the second half of the 20th century.

 10.30 pm
Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramović 
by Babette Mangolte, USA, 2007, 93’

Filmed over 15 years, the film is an intense portrait of the French-American artist, protagonist of the first solo show ever dedicated to a woman at MoMA in New York (1982), and now of a major exhibition at the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples. The archetypes of his dreamy and perverse world emerge from a series of interviews, while her works and installations are investigated through suggestive images that the words help to enhance and amplify in a strong visual process that involves the viewers.


Program of films curated by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival dedicated to the artists featured in the show “The Player. Journey into contemporary passions”. Works from Sandra and Giancarlo Bonollo’s collection.


February 20 and 21 / March 14, 20, 21 2013
Marino Marini Museum
Piazza San Pancrazio, Florence

– From 9 p.m.: free admission
– The exhibition will be open from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Wednesday, February 20th

Our Hobby is Depeche Mode

by Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams, UK, 2007, 72′
Language: English, Russian, German; subtitles: English

In this film, Jeremy Deller, the artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004, and director Nick Abrahams describe the fanaticism which surrounded the English group Depeche Mode during the 1980s. With the stories and voices of fans from around the world, Our Hobby is Depeche Mode reveals extraordinary stories of faith and devotion, from Russia, where “Dave Day”, dedicated to singer Dave Gahan, has become a national holiday, to the USA, Romania, England and Germany.

Thursday, February 21th

Film (Tacita Dean)
by Zara Hayes, UK , 11′
Language: English

Produced on the occason of Tacita Dean’s 2011 commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Film is a short documentary which introduces the artist’s poetics and the evolution of her project. First film of the Unilever series on the cinema, the installation is a visual poem in 35mm dedicated to the specificities of the analog medium.


Thursday, February 21th

Damiàn Ortega: Do It Yourself
by Branka Bogdanov, USA, 2009, 20′
Language: English, Spanish, subtitles: English

Damiàn Ortega is one of the most significant among the new generation of Mexican artists, along with Gabriel Orozco. Noted for dismantling objects for everyday use, like the famous Volkswagen Bug, and putting them back together, the artist playfully and imaginatively explores the parts that make up an automobile, a body, a dwelling or an economic system. Do It Yourself presents interviews with the artist, along with footage shot at his studios in Mexico City and Berlin, and images from his collaboration with a Tuscan artisan for the producion of several blown-glass sculptures.

by Marco Del Fiol, Brazil, 2006, 22′
Language: Portuguese; subtitles: English

The first Brazilian artist to obtain a one-man show at the Centre Pompidou, Marepe was born in1970, at Santo Antônio de Jesus, in the Recôncavo Baiano region. His research is based on the elaboration of local traditions, from the history and objects for everyday use typical of his homeland, in order to make sculptures capable of calling into question the institutional status of a work of art while at the same time investing these commonplace objects with an almost spiritual value.

Meeting with Olafur Eliasson
by Marco Del Fiol, Brazil, 2011, 27′
Language: English

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, for his first one-man show in Latin America, presented several new site-specific pieces directly inspired by his impressions of Saõ Paolo. In the film, the genesis of the pieces, which invite the public to experiment with the perception of colors and spatial orientation, is narrated by the artist in person, during the show’s production.

Thursday, March 14th

Open Field (Gabriel Orozco)
by Juan Carlos Martìn, Mexico, USA, France, UK, 2012, 75′
Language: English, Spanish, French; subtitles: English, Spanish

Director Juan Carlos Martìn has followed Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco for the last 12 years, concentrating on the period in which he became a key figure in the international art scene. The film is a collage of interviews with artists and curators, and of sequences which record the development of his work, and other moments in which the camera enters into a direct relationship with several of his most extraordinary pieces.



Wednesday, March 20th

Urs Fischer
by Iwan Schumacher, Switzerland, 2010, 98′
Language: English, Swiss German, Italian; subtitles: Italian

Produced on the occasion of Urs Fischer’s first USA exhibition, at the New York Museum, this documentary reconstructs the creative path of one of the most interesting artists of the contemporary scene, who won high acclaim at the Venice Biennale this year. The images of the preparation for the American event, which Fischer orchestrated as a global artwork, interweave with those from previous shows in Venice, London, Sydney, Zurich and Shanghai, and with dialogues with the artist himself, with his collaborators and with Massimiliano Gioni, curator of the museum.

Thursday, March 21th

Rineke Dijkstra
by Branka Bogdanov, USA, 2001, 10’
Language: English, Dutch; subtitles: English

This short film follows Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra in her studio to reveal the thought behind her photographic series starring adolescents, families and women shortly after childbirth. Objectivity and formal rigor are the principal characteristics of these shots. However, especially in the poses of the adolescents, what emerges is their sense of unease, of waiting, and their difficulty in defining their own role.

Mona Hatoum
by John Wyver, UK, 2001, 26′
Language: English

Lebanese artist Mona Hatoum produced three new works in 2002 for the inauguration of the Tate Britain. Shown under the title The Entire World as a Foreign Land, these pieces show her interest in the theme of the relationship between individual identity and the notion of cultural identity and, more generally, the sense of belonging.

Thursday, March 21th

Two Melons and Stinking Fish (Sarah Lucas)
by Vanessa Engle, UK, 1996, 49′
Language: English

Filmed with a small portable videocamera, Two Melons and Stinking Fish is an intimate portrait of artist Sarah Lucas, one of the preeminent figures of Young British Art, of the early 1990s. The film, which includes interviews with Jay Joplin, Barbara Gladstone, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Gary Hume and Damien Hirst, recreates the seemingly spontaneous lifestyle and approach to art with characterizes the artist’s work.