Art Must Be Beautiful

Contemporary fine art offers so much more than just beautiful paintings preserved forever in various gallery collections all over the world. It can also be thought-provoking, inspiring, and evoke a whole range of emotions, even if it’s in danger of being destroyed within a matter of days or even hours. Lose yourself in the infectious world of boundless artistic freedom with our latest curated selection of films about exceptional artists.

Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger painted thousands of paintings onto scraps of cardboard boxes, which he then laid out for grabs in the city streets and squares. Anyone could take these paintings, and anyone could destroy them. In the film Eisenberger - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly, we are also introduced to his other fleeting works of art, which beg the question of how much an artist really needs the attention of the general public and the recognition of experts in order for his or her work to be considered substantial or significant. The street art movement, brought into the fore in large part by New York-based graffiti artist Keith Haring, is also based on anonymity. Haring’s juxtaposition of cartoon figures, drawn using simple lines, quickly emerged from this anonymous space to become an icon of 80's pop-art. His exceptional personality and gift for connecting different worlds of art are told by his fellow artists Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, and David LaChapelle in the film The Universe of Keith Haring.

The contemporary art world is no longer just the prerogative of maverick male artists, yet many female artists still face obstacles that put a damper on their artistic ambitions. The five artists featured in the film She Is the Other Gaze testify to the difficult beginnings and constant struggle against patriarchal structures.

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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