by Paul Smithson on March 1, 2013

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Cinema broadcasts of art could reveal more, says guide

Plans to show cinematic screenings of international art exhibitions could provide people with even more insight than if they were to visit the actual art galleries, it has been claimed.

The ‘Exhibition’ project will initially see ‘Manet: Portraying Life’ screened at 70 cinemas in Britain and many more globally, reports telegraph.co.uk. The first screening of the Manet film will be on April 11th, with movies on Edvard Munch and Johannes Vermeer due to be shown later this year.

Tim Marlow, the tour guide for the Manet screening, said: “I think that standing face to face with some of the greatest works of art ever made is one of the most powerful experiences in life.

“‘Exhibition’ gives us the opportunity to convey something of this power in a cinematic format which brings the viewer as close to the real thing as possible. Sometimes, the camera reveals even more than the naked eye.”

If the project is a success, it could give people in broadcast jobs a new avenue for their skills – one of the galleries granting access for the films is the National Gallery in London, for the Vermeer exhibition, for example.

It is hoped that the initiative will make a big impression abroad too, with cinemas all over the world confirmed to be screening the films – in the US alone 450 theatres will show the productions. ‘Exhibition’ has been developed in association with Seventh Art Productions and BY Experience; they are being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Phil Grabsky.