Art by Matisse, Van Gogh and more playing at your local movie theater

A new film series lets you see major art exhibits at your local movie theater

If you can’t make it to New York to see the Matisse cutout exhibition before it closes next month, or to Amsterdam for the new installation at the Van Gogh Museum of the artist’s work, check your local movie theater.

Beginning Tuesday, “Exhibition on Screen” will bring a new series of high-definition films about five top art exhibitions to more than 300 movie theaters across the U.S.

Each film will feature the exhibitions’ works as well as interviews with art experts and historic figures, plus behind-the-scenes views of major museums.

“Matisse from MoMA and Tate Modern,” which will be shown Tuesday, explores the cutouts created by Henri Matisse in the twilight of his career. The exhibition originated at Tate Modern and is currently at the MoMA.

The film will offer viewers close-up and long-shot views of the cutouts, said Jodi Hauptman, senior curator in MoMA’s department of drawings and prints.

It also will include conversations with Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate art museums and co-curator of the Matisse exhibition, and Karl Buchberg, senior conservator at MoMA, who discusses his work conserving “The Swimming Pool” cutout, the centerpiece of the exhibition in New York and an inspiration for its creation.

Also unique to the film: specially commissioned performances by a Royal Ballet principal dancer and by jazz musicians who pay homage to the color, freedom and innovation of Matisse’s work.

Upcoming films after Matisse:

Feb. 24: “Rembrandt: The Late Works from the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam”

April 14: “Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam” 

June 23: “Girl With a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis in the Hague” 

July 14: “The Impressionists from the Musee du Luxembourg Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Each film will be shown one time on each date.

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