Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world's favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course. This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he then took and why it provokes such extreme reactions right up to today. The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
The Mikado Operas by the English National Opera
16th and 17th of April 2016
Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum. Just one snag. She's betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. And Ko-Ko needs to find someone to execute – chop chop! Otherwise, it's his own neck on the block. Maybe Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo can come to some arrangement… without anyone losing their head? Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Jonathan Miller's Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages.
Leonardo Da Vinci
23rd and 24th of April 2016
At the end of the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci spent eighteen years in Milan – a period that would leave a lasting impression on the city. In Spring 2015, Milan paid tribute to Leonardo by holding a large exhibition at the Palazzo Reale. Based on this stunning exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci – The Genius in Milan uses a combination of documentary interviews and mise-en-scènes to tell the story of the artist's world and the treasures he left us, against the stunning backdrop of Leonardo's Milan. Drawing upon Leonardo's legendary work as an artist, architect and scientist, audiences will be immersed in the story of Leonardo the man, in the context of what was a truly legendary period in the city's history, and for the history of art.
St Peter's and The Pabal Basicas of Rome 3D
25th and 26th of June 2016
Experience unveiled treasures in the year of the Extraordinary Jubilee. The creators of Florence and the Uffizi Gallery take you on a journey through the four Papal Basilicas in Rome: St. Peter's, St. John in the Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Four majestic buildings - each with a precious papal altar, each a treasure trove of timeless works of art and a destination for millions of travellers and pilgrims over the centuries – play the leading role in this cinematic tour de force, while state of the art technology captures amazing images from completely new and exclusive points of view.
Join world renown experts who will discuss the basilicas; their evolution over the centuries, their most famous works of art, the lives and stories of Popes and artists - from Giotto to Bramante, from Michelangelo to Francesco Borromini, from Bernini to Domenico Fontana, from Arnolfo di Cambio to Jacopo Torriti - the events that made these places immortal, and the profound spirituality emanating from them.