Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer – The Greatest Exhibition (PG)
Director: David Bickerstaff
Starring: Robert Lindsay
Documentary | UK | 2023
1 hr 30 mins
This documentary, part of the Exhibition on Screen series, explores the curation of the largest ever Vermeer exhibition, mounted in 2023 by the Rijksmuseum. It is a rich opportunity to enjoy the exquisite works of one of the best loved of painters. It raises questions such as what makes a Vermeer a Vermeer, debating authorship and authenticity, through scrutinising in detail the minutiae of brushstrokes. The film explores the little we know of Vermeer’s life, described as a task similar to researching the life of Shakespeare. In this gentle, thoughtful documentary we learn from the leading experts whose knowledge of subject is matched by their passion for the art works.
Special guest: David Bickerstaff
David Bickerstaff started his artistic career as a painter and since the late 80s has been at the cutting edge of digital art and documentary filmmaking. His art installations have been featured in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Observatory. Specialising in films on artists, his Exhibitions On Screen series brought the art of Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Lucian Freud and many others into the cinemas of over 60 countries. The latest in the series is Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition which was described by the Guardian as “a miracle”.
Thursday 2 Nov. 7.30 pm
Q & A with Director David Bickerstaff, chaired by Purbeck Film Festival Patrons Olivia Hetreed and Andy Paterson (Screenwriter and Producer of the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring).
The Mowlem Theatre BH19 1DD
£12.00: £6.50 (students and under 25s)
Refreshments available from the theatre bar