Film Screenings

 | 6.30 pm | Visitors' Center, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. It critically investigates the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication.

The film program is designed to engage with different spaces in the city over the course of the year. Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, the selected films will respond to these spaces in an attempt to interpret multiple imaginations of geography and consumption.

Film I: Luminous People | Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (15 min. 2007) | Film II: Mechanical Love | Director: Phie Ambo (78 min. 2007)

Both films talk of “human presence”, one in the context of the dead and the other with artificial intelligence in robots. While the first film is a fiction drama made like a documentary, the second pushes our understanding of what we perceive as real. Between the themes explored in the films, the curators hope to open out a discursive space for conceptual ideas and imaginations concerning the relationship between nature and civilization, tangibility and abstraction.

Admission free and open to all.

 |  | 11.00 am to 3.00 pm | Thane School of Art, Thane

Film I: Great Woman Artists | Mary Cassatt: Children and naturalism are the hallmarks of Mary Cassatt's work, along with impressionist ideas and the influence of Japanese prints. Her paintings depict a world of her own creation, embedded in domestic interiors and everyday life. (Col.45 min)

Film II: Rembrandt: This film gives the viewer an intimate view of the artist, his work, and his world. Many of his masterpieces are reviewed in detail with special attention to one of his most renowned works - The Night-watch.(Col.104 min)

The film screenings are a part of the outreach activities of the MPC, to connect with our beneficiaries in the suburbs of Mumbai. Admission free and open to the students and alumni of the Thane School of Art only.

 |  | 11.00 am to 1.00 pm | Miniature Hall, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

Film I: Constable at Tate | January 6 (Col. 60 min.)

Film II: Louvre: The Visit | January 7 (Col. 61 min.)

Film III: Matisse Picasso | January 8 (Col. 52 min.)

Film IV: Rene Magritte | January 9 (Col. 50 min.)

Film V: Jackson Pollock: Love & Death on Long Island | January 10 (Col. 46 min.)

Film VI: An Invitation to Contemporary Art | January 10 (Col. 30 min.)

Admission free and open to the students of Sir J. J. School of Art only.

 |  | 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm | CONA, Mumbai

Art in the Twenty-First Century | Season Six includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History, and Boundaries. Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.

Season Six | Episode I: Change | Featured Artists: Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei

Episode II: Boundaries | Featured Artists: David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus and Lynda Benglis

 |  | 6.00pm | CASBA Foundation | Mumbai

La Giaconda, popularly known as Mona Lisa, is the historical painting that is surrounded by numerous myths and stories. The film directed by Jean-Claude Bringuier takes the viewer through a fascinating investigation of the history, legend, and mystery surrounding the Mona Lisa. Infinite copies of the Mona Lisa have flourished since the 16th century in various mediums, besides oil painting. Ambiguity about its authenticity has prevailed in the past which has served a challenge to researchers and experts advancing the field of heritage conservation. The painting stays witness to the radical history of the medieval world and has served as a muse and metaphor for several artists to challenge or engage with the notions associated with perceptions of beauty and the degree of mystification. The portrait lives as a myth and deciphers the mystery of the composition: sérénité expression of the model, enigmatic smile, the mirror set invoked by the look. Mona Lisa’s glory is not new and has no borders.

Venue: Shri Sai Shubh Karyalay, Shrikhande Wadi, Manpada Road, Dombivli (E), Mumbai.

 | 5.30 pm | Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai



Book Release THE CHAMPALIMAUD CENTRE FOR THE UNKNOWN AND OTHER WORKS by H.E. The Ambassador of Portugal Jorge Roza de Oliveira

 | 11.00am to 2.00 pm | Auditorium, Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and Craft

Film I: Louvre | The Visit: (Col. 61 min) The film conducts a virtual tour of one of the largest Museum and a historic monument ‘the Louvre Palace’ which was transformed into a public museum after the French revolution.

Film II: Auguste Rodin| Hands of a Genius: (Col. 61 min) Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculptures and illustrations come to life in this vivid documentary

 | 1.00pm | Audio Visual Room, B. K. Somani Polytechnic, Mumbai

Film I: The history of modern art begins with the relationship between Matisse and Picasso.This double portrait of the two giants of modern art provides a close-up of their personalities through first-hand accounts of the people nearest to them (Francoise Gilot, Maya and Claude Picasso, Jacqueline Matisse, and others) adding new dimension to the understanding of their work. It also includes rarely seen archival footage.

Film II: Paul Klee: The Silence of the Angel, is a visual journey into the work of a major painter of the 20th century by Michael Gaumnitz, an award-winning documentarian of artists and sculptors. Using the writings of Paul Klee, as well as the events of his life and career, Gaumnitz presents the pictorial universe of a visionary artist.

 | TFAC Studio | The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

The four films explore the themes of art, politics and dissent through the work of contemporary artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Banksy, Cindy Sherman & Mona Hatoum.These screenings are organized by the Mohile Parikh Center in collaboration with TFAC Studio and Photo Caddy, as part of the Magic Lantern festival, a platform for filmmakers and photographers.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 2012 | Exit Through the Gift Shop, 2010 | Mona Hatoum - Illuminations, 2005 | Cindy Sherman - Transformations, 1981/2000 | February 25 - 28, 2013