This lengthy tour of London’s National Gallery comprehensively explores a great institution, travelling through gallery spaces as well as the times inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Alternating between wide shots and close-ups, between paintings and surrounding spaces, between painted faces and viewers’ faces, between reframed and unframed images, the film is a unique approach to the organism of an art institution – a meditative and informative assemblage of stories told about and by artworks.
National Gallery | Directed by Frederick Wiseman (France, USA 2014) documentary. Starts January 1
Originally published in issue #134, January 2015