Exhibition on Screen: Take a Look Inside the World of Manet

Experience the wonder of Edouard Manet by seeing his masterpieces on the big screen Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre.

“Exhibition on Screen: Manet” takes an unprecedented look at one of the all-time great artists, the “father of modern art.”  It also provides an exclusive look at the extremely popular Manet exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts –the first ever retrospective devoted to Manet’s portraiture.

Spanning this enigmatic and, at times, controversial artist’s entire career Manet from the Royal Academy of Arts, London brought together works from across Europe, Asia and the United States.

Manet’s portraiture had never been explored in exhibition form, despite it forming around half of his artistic output. He painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of the day, giving life not only to his subjects but also to Parisian society. The exhibition consisted of more than 50 works along with scenes from everyday life revealing Manet’s forward-thinking, modern approach to portraiture.

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The film reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the exhibition’s preparation, which normally go unseen by the public, and interweaves a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris.

Show times are 2 and 4 p.m. June 2 and 4 p.m. June 3.

Tickets for all screenings can be purchased at the door and are $7 per person. The box office opens one hour prior to each screening. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy are available for purchase at all Towngate movies.

The film is part of “Exhibition on Screen,” which is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and is part of the nonprofit Oglebay Institute. Towngate offers entertainment almost every weekend.

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.