Durham’s Gala Theatre and Cinema is to show films about three very different artists whose output shook up the art world.

Italian Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and British portrait painter Lucian Freud will be the subjects of three highly engaging films. The films are part of the Exhibition on Screen programme.

Exhibition on Screen sees the films’ directors bringing the artworks to life by working alongside world-renowned museums and galleries. The films also feature insights from respected historians and art critics.

Leonardo: The Works will be screened at the Gala on Tuesday 29th October at 6.00 pm and on Thursday 21st November at 2.30 pm. The film is part of the worldwide celebrations being held to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

The film will be showing his incredible paintings in spectacular high-definition, something never seen on the cinema screen before.

Lucian Freud: A Self-Portrait will be shown on Tuesday 14th January at 6.00 pm and on Thursday 30th January at 2.30 pm. The film will feature more than 50 of Freud’s paintings, prints and drawings – all of them portraits of himself.

Reflection with Two Children (Self Portrait), 1965 (oil on canvas)
Reflection with Two Children (Self Portrait), 1965 (oil on canvas) by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) © The Lucian Freud Archive

On Monday 6th July at 6.00 pm, Durham audiences will be able to take a cinematic journey through the fascinating and turbulent life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The film will include footage of exhibitions and interviews and will focus on the striking symbolism that often features in Kahlo’s art.

The manager of the Gala Theatre and Cinema, Robin Byers, said, “These spectacular films will be a feast for the eyes, allowing audiences to get up close to some of the greatest masterpieces of all time.”

“Whether you are a fine art devotee or just want to find out more about the lives of the individual artists, the Exhibition on Screen series is not to be missed.”

Tickets for each film are priced at £10, £8 for concessions and £7 for Gala members. To purchase tickets, please go to https://www.galadurham.co.uk/ or telephone 03000 266 600.

(This article’s main image shows The Two Fridas, 1939 (oil on canvas) by Frida Kahlo (1907-54), Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico.)

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