Since being launched in 2011 by filmmaker Phil Grabsky and his team at Seventh Art Productions, Exhibition on Screen has released 16 films in 55 countries, including South Africa.

Renoir - Revered and Reviled/ Phil Grabsky

The latest release in South Africa will be Renoir – Revered and Reviled, directed by Phil Grabsky (pictured left), to be screened exclusively at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

The documentary of Pierre-Auguste Renoir is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant and uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new. While his impressionist paintings of Paris brought him fame and count among the world’s favourites, Renoir 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, even today.  Some didn’t approve of Renoir’s later works while others were captivated and is said to have influenced two artistic giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse.

Compelling portraits of the artists

As well as providing unrestricted access to acclaimed exhibitions, Exhibition on Screen films build a compelling portrait of the artist themselves through insights from international experts, masterpieces from renowned collections and visits to the locations in which the artist lived and worked whilst providing historical and critical context.

Filmed exclusively for cinema at the exhibitions and on location, this ground-breaking series allows art lovers worldwide to enjoy, marvel at and delight in the amazing works of some of history’s most foremost painters on the big screen and in stunning high definition.

What: Renoir – Revered and Reviled

Where and when: Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau on 26 – 27 Aug and 30 – 31 August 2017

Book: Ster Kinekor