Filmed and directed by David Bickerstaff
Produced by Phil Grabsky
HD video | 16:9 | 90 min
In the spring of 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opened its doors to the largest Vermeer exhibition in history. The show sold out within days of going on sale. This film offers you the chance to experience the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition on the big screen. With loans from across the world, this major retrospective will bring together Vermeer's most famous masterpieces including Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Geographer, The Milkmaid, The Little Street, Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, and Woman Holding a Balance.
'If I could, I'd choose to stand in front of the originals. But when the alternative is this illuminating, considered and, crucially, crowd-free, I'm not complaining. Not once do I feel rushed (as is often the case with art documentaries) or have to hit pause or rewind to get a better look. Vermeer's world is meditative, deliberative, still; this film is too'. The Times
This new Exhibition on Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! As well as bringing Vermeer's works together, both the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis in the Hague have conducted research into Vermeer's artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as the creative process behind his paintings. Exclusive access to the world's biggest exhibition of 2023. Includes the first time the newly restored 'Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window' will be displayed.
'This is more than an exhibition. It's a miracle'. The Guardian
'We would not have thought it possible that so many museums are willing to lend their masterpieces. With this exhibition we can introduce a new generation to Vermeer's paintings'. Taco Dibbits, Director of the Rijksmuseum
'Even Vermeer probably never saw this many of his paintings together'. Pieter Roelofs, head of paintings and sculpture for Rijksmuseum
'There will never be another Vermeer show as great as this one'. Washington Post
Music by Asa Bennett
Written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky
Director of Photography