Watch: “A golden opportunity to experience art on-screen” – Edward Fenech

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Culture lovers who were planning to travel abroad to visit museums and feast their eyes on works-of-art are at a bit of a disadvantage at the moment, due to the myraid COVID-19 travel restrictions.

However, Eden Cinemas has ‘come to the rescue’, as it were, with a series of documentaries spanning several artists and timelines.

(Cinema) literally brings you into the picture, and the sequence of events Eden are having are indeed wonderful for anybody who has an interest in art.

Newsbook.com.mt had the pleasure of speaking to movie aficionado Edward Fenech who gave a runthrough of what visitors to the cinema can expect from these highly interesting documentaries (some information is available below).

“This is what is beautiful about cinema,” Fenech says, “I’ve always wondered, when I do go to the cinema, why I don’t go more frequently because it literally brings you into the picture, and the sequence of events Eden are having are indeed wonderful for anybody who has an interest in art.”

A NIGHT AT THE LOUVRE: LEONARDO DA VINCI

Filmed at night especially for the cinema, this private guided tour of the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition, designed and curated by the Louvre Museum, is a unique opportunity to contemplate the painter’s most beautiful works up close. The insights provided by the exhibition curators during this private filmed visit provide an insightful understanding of Leonardo’s artistic practice and painting technique. Dates: from the 16th to the 22nd September.

HERMITAGE: THE POWER OF ART

The film treats The Hermitage in St Petersburg as a living being. It tells the story of the daily life of the museum today continuously leaving the ‘here and now’ to retrace two and a half centuries. A wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world. Dates: 9th and 11th October.

FRIDA KAHLO

One of the most enduring and arguably the world’s favourite female artist of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo’s legendary style, lust for life, men, women, politics and her Mexican heritage has made her a ubiquitous feminist icon and style muse to generations. But what do we know of her as an artist? Frida Kahlo was a prolific self-portraitist who used the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her vivid, turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Dates: 30th October and 1st November.

BOTTICELLI, FLORENCE AND THE MEDICI

From Salvador Dalì to Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle to Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga, no one appears to be immune to the eternal fascination of Botticelli and his works. Beauty, creativity, genius: the Renaissance Florence of Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as the Magnificent, was a powerhouse of art and culture coexisting with a dark side. Dates: 27th and 29th November.

POMPEII – SIN CITY

Pompeii is not just a city, Pompeii is a legend. This documentary explores Pompeii, that city cloaked in mystery which, over the course of history, has influenced culture and art, from Neoclassicism to Contemporary Art, through images and words by the great artists and writers who experienced, visited and imagined it: from Pliny the Younger to Picasso, from Emily Dickinson to Jean Cocteau. Dates: 11th and 13th December.

More information on how to book tickets for these documentaries may be found here.

The safety of the Eden Cinemas’ customers and employees is their number one priority:

·         Operating at 20% occupancy 

·         Blocked seats for social distancing 

·         No more than six people per group 

·         Temperature readings 

·         Staff all wearing protective equipment 

·         Enhanced sanitation routine 

The full list of Eden Cinema’s COVID-19 preventative measures may be found here.

One of the driving features that has kept cinema alive throughout all these years is its ability to mould itself and adapt to the times
“History suggests cinema will adapt and bounce back” – Carinzia Camilleri, Eden Cinemas General Manager