About the film
The movie tells the story of the Louvre museum through the eyes of Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Giacometti…
The artists who invented modern art started from here, with the certainty that “there is everything in the Louvre; that one can learn and love everything, in the Louvre” (Cézanne). Because it’s not a question of ”a” museum but of “the” Museum.
At the same time the Louvre is the symbol of what modern artists often called “destruction”: the past to compare with, tradition to break free from.
Available on DCP from June 2018, Pannonia Entertainment distributes these art documentary movie to cinemas across Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria.
The story develops from the tales of modern art maestros who go to the Louvre and establish a love/hate relationship with it, for example:
When the 23-year-old Marc Chagall arrived in Paris from Russia, he didn’t even stop to put his suitcase down. It was 1910 and from the station he went straight to the museum because: “Going to the Louvre is like reading the Bible or Shakespeare”.
On 21st August 1911, the Mona Lisa disappears from the Louvre. The thief is hard to trace and at one point the poet Apollinaire is arrested and he and an artist friend are accused of buying some priceless statues that had been stolen from the Louvre. The friend in question is Pablo Picasso. The accusation proves to be unfounded, but it is later discovered that those statues were used as models for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Paul Cézanne was a regular visitor to the Louvre: he would spend all day there. He would copy Michelangelo, Rubens, classical statues. For him the Louvre “is the book in which we learn to read”.
The stories of these modern artists are the starting point for a series of narratives and tours inside the Louvre, that allow us to see the museum with new eyes, and from an entirely different perspective compared to the usual documentaries on the museum.