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The Art of Museums

Travel from Vienna to Madrid, Florence to Oslo, Berlin and beyond in this exclusive ARTE docuseries that spotlights eight world-renowned museums and their masterpieces. Every year, millions of visitors queue to view the treasures that hang on gallery walls—like the stunning Rembrandts in the iconic Rijksmuseum and the famous Manets and Monets at the treasured Musée d’Orsay. Featuring appearances from Vivienne Westwood, Marina Abramovic, Norman Foster, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and more, discover new ways of seeing as the power of art is articulated in fresh, unexpected ways. 

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Series runs March 31 - June 2

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Rijksmuseum - Episode 1 (Amsterdam)

Photographer Erwin Olaf encounters Rembrandt‘s ‘The Night Watch‘, Vermeer‘s ‘Woman Reading a Letter‘, The Threatened Swan‘ by Asselijn, and more
  • D: Julie Kirchhoff & Barbara Weissenbeck
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Alte Nationalgalerie - Episode 2 (Berlin)

Artist Katharina Grosse faces the artworks ‘The Monk by the Sea‘ by Caspar David Friedrich, ‘In the Conservatory‘ by Manet, ‘The Isle of the Dead‘ by Böcklin, and more.
  • D: Ralf Pleger & Julie Kirchhof
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Uffizi Gallery - Episode 3 (Florence)

Fashion designer Wolfgang Joop explores ‘The Birth of Venus‘ by Botticelli, ‘Tondo Doni‘ by Michelangelo, ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes‘ by Gentileschi, and more.
  • D: Sylvie Kürsten
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Museo del Prado - Episode 4 (Madrid)

Opera singer and multi-grammy award winner Joyce DiDonato discusses ‘Las Meninas‘ by Velázquez, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights‘ by Bosch and ‘The Third of May, 1808‘ by Goya.
  • D: Ralf Pleger
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Episode 5 (New York)

Artist Julie Mehretu encounters the masterpieces ‘Composition VIII‘ by Kandinsky, ‘Alchemy‘ by Pollock, ‘Study for Portrait of Chess Players‘ by Duchamp, and more.
  • D: Julie Kirchhoff
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Munch Museum - Episode 6 (Oslo)

Bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgård talks about Munch’s ‘The Scream‘, ‘The Sun‘, ‘Death in the Sick Room‘, and more.
  • D: Sylvie Kürsten
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Musée d’Orsay - Episode 7 (Paris)

Sasha Waltz, choreographer and the designated codirector of the Berlin State Ballet, encounters the works ‘Olympia‘ by Manet, ‘The Origin of the World‘ by Courbet, ‘Blue Water Lilies‘ by Monet, and more.
  • D: Julie Kirchhoff
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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Kunsthistorisches Museum - Episode 8 (Vienna)

Fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood encounters ‘Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress‘ by Velázquez, ‘The Tower of Babel‘ by Bruegel, ‘The Crowning with Thorns‘ by Caravaggio, and more.
  • D: Kurt Mayer & Barbara Weissenbeck
  • Austria & Germany
  • 2018
  • 52 min
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