For those who worked with cultural institutions, "The Great Museum" is a documentary to look for if it turns up at a film festival, television, or Netflix. It's screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 13 and 14 and been getting attention for its affectionate empathy of a staff preparing Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. "Dialogue from interview or voiceover would only take away from this meditation. What is on display in 'The Great Museum' is not just the paintings, or the majestic building. It’s also the people. We are allowed to see staff and study them as they interact with the museum," writes a viewfromaloft colleague.
After the film's screening at the Berlin Film Festival, Variety noted "Viewers familiar with the collections will be thrilled to see favorite works, yet even those who’ve never been can enjoy the armchair-tourist experience thanks to delightful vistas and unexpected juxtapositions." They also notes that while the doc is cinematic, “The Great Museum” is "destined for smallscreen play on culture channels."
The Great Museum
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.