‘The Legacy of World Art Masters’ movies on Rembrandt, Monet, Klimt, Hokusai, Munch, Escher and Rodin presented by UA CineHub

UA CineHub via their ARTiculate series present movies on grand masters of art i.e. Rembrandt, Monet, Klimt, Hokusai, Munch, Escher and Rodin. If you are a fan of any of these artists or simply want to learn more about them, you can watch these movies at either UA Isquare or UA Maritime on designated dates.

Meet the man behind the masterpieces, REMBRANDT

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Rembrandt transformed plain scenes into lively and theatrical moments with dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, sophisticated colour layering and dynamic compositions.

He rose to fame with “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”, while “The Night Watch” is considered the height of his painterly achievement. His life was full of ups and downs, with periods of prosperity followed by poverty and misfortune towards the end of his life, and he was buried in an unknown grave upon his death. Rembrandt did not leave behind any diaries or memoirs and we can fully understand him through his extant works, particularly the ninety self-portraits which he produced in nearly forty years’ time, serving as windows to the great master’s soul. From the National Gallery in London to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a wide array of Rembrandt’s timeless masterpieces are to be examined, bearing witness to his perspectives of human nature. 

“Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light”

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For over 20 years, French Impressionist founder Claude Monet painted a series of around 250 paintings of water lilies in his garden at his home in Giverny, perfectly capturing the ever-changing interplay of color and light of the flowers and their reflections in the water in every season and at different times of the day and night. This series is seen as among the most important Impressionist paintings, earning Monet the title of “Raphael of Water”. This film visits the heavenly Monet’s garden at Giverny and Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Marmottan in Paris to unravel the mystery of Monet’s obsession with water lilies and gives audiences the opportunity to become enchanted with the painter’s unique vision.

“Klimt and Schiele: Eros and Psyche”

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Are the works of Austrian painter Egon Schiele art or pornography? When posters for a retrospective exhibition featuring some of Schiele’s nude drawings appeared in traffic stations in London and Berlin last year, they had to be censored. Vienna’s Tourist Board responded sarcastically by putting banners over the offending parts, which read, “Sorry, 100 years old but still too daring today.” How daring were Schiele’s works? When “Reclining Woman”, “Two Girls Lying Entwined” and other Schiele’s works appeared, they were considered so obscene that Schiele was arrested and jailed. Schiele was a protégé of Gustav Klimt, the giant in the Austrian art scene. Klimt’s works were known for their sensual beauty, such as the mesmerizingly romantic “The Kiss”, a gold-leaf-decorated oil painting which depicts a pair of entwined lovers standing on a meadow of colorful flowers. Both Schiele and Klimt explored the connection between lust and death, and together they subverted the conservative Vienna art scene of their day. Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” and “Judith I”, with the subjects’ sultry and seductive feminine expressions, can be seen as depictions of goddesses of love. The works of these two masters can be seen in Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Leopold Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, which testify to the way their art challenge conventional morality even to this day.


“British Museum Presents: Hokusai”

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The master ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai was named by LIFE magazine as one of “the 100 Most Important Events and People of the Past 1,000 Years.” His art influenced many Western artists including Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin, among others, and enthusiasm for his works has remained undimmed to this day. Numerous brands including Dior, Adidas, Puma and Uniqlo have introduced Hokusai inspired prints in their products, while the water wave Whatsapp emoji based on Hokusai’s woodcut had further popularized his works to global audiences. Furthermore, the famed “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” will be featured in the 2019 edition of the Japanese passport. Hokusai is known for his bold techniques and use of vivid colors, while his ink drawings are appreciated for their fine textures and sensitive brushstrokes; the red Mount Fuji depicted in “Fine Wind, Clear Morning” and the sea wave in “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” have become the very symbol of Japanese art. This film leads the audiences through a flagship Katsushika Hokusai exhibition and contains interviews with such luminaries as British artist David Hockney and the head of Japanese collections at the British Museum, as well as numerous renowned Japanese and British art scholars, who will trace Hokusai’s artistic evolution from manga to ukiyo-e prints and ink paintings and investigate the enduring appeal of this Japanese master.

“Munch in Hell”

Director: Stig Andersen

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Munch in Hell: Norwegian expressionist painter Edvard Munch

The world-renowned artwork “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch is second to “Mona Lisa” as one of the most celebrated paintings in the world, and continues to capture the public’s imagination and influence countless pop culture creations such as “Scream” and “The Simpsons”, even becoming the first WhatsApp emoji inspired by a work of art. However, the story behind the creator of this famous work is less positive. Munch’s talent was not appreciated during his lifetime and he was once reduced to selling his paintings at a reduced price. Throughout his life, Munch struggled to maintain a balance between creativity and love, which caused him endless suffering. Towards the end of his life, he lived alone, with only more than a thousand oil paintings and over 20,000 sketches to keep him company. Even though Munch was seen as one of the pioneers of German Expressionism and among the most important painters in the history of art, his legacy hung in the balance when two of his masterpieces, “The Scream” and “Madonna” was stolen in broad daylight and the construction of a new museum dedicated to his work hit various financial and administrative snags. “Munch in Hell” delves into early drafts of Munch’s autobiography, sketches, private notes and letters to reveal the struggles and hardships this master artist faced throughout his life. Perhaps Norway is too cold and too small to contain an artist of this stature.

“Escher: Journey to Infinity”

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M.C. Escher was a master of optical illusions whose mathematically precise paintings seem orderly and realistic at first glance, but are in fact windows into a startling and fantastical world. Escher’s endless staircases have made appearances in such films as “Inception” and “Labyrinth” as well as serving inspiration for the popular mobile game “Monument Valley”. Many of Escher’s prints have also been referenced by musicians and fashion designers. Last year, the spring/summer collection of the trendy fashion label Supreme appropriates Escher, mixing logical thinking with wild imagination in a cross-generational jam. “Escher: Journey to Infinity” probes the artist’s precious diaries, letters and videos to let him explain the thinking behind his boundless surrealistic ideas in his own words, and even shows him working alone in his workshop on wood cut prints, one layer at a time. The production team also interviews Escher’s family, musicians, artists and cultural critics, taking the audience on a journey of exploration into this enigmatic artist’s life.


“Rodin in His Time”

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Auguste Rodin’s sculptures completely revolutionized the world of art. Along with other artists of the belle epoque such as Monet, Degas and Cezanne, they challenged the prevailing social mores of the time, and Rodin’s avant garde spirit stood at the forefront of Parisian society. This film describes how Rodin studied Michelangelo’s works, which became the inspiration for such monumental masterpieces as “The Age of Bronze”, “The Gates of Hell” and “The Thinker”. Like Michelangelo, Rodin achieved a mastery of the human form, but he also infused his works with a sense of naturalism and drama by intricately depicting the subjects’ detailed facial expressions and the ripples and folds of their muscles and sinew, thereby conveying a palpable life force. Later in his life, Rodin met and fell in love with fellow sculptor Camille Claudel, and their tempestuous relationship fueled the creation of “The Kiss”, which became a symbol of desire and passion that touched countless people. Rodin’s sculptures are more than mere objects but also represent a striving for eternity.



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