The Adventurers of Modern Art

The Adventurers of Modern Art

Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and original documents, the 6-part series, which is constructed as a fiction, traces the highs and lows, scandals and celebrations, tragedies and triumphs that shaped the phenomenal period of Modern Art from the basement of the “Bateau-lavoir“ in 1900 to the last shudders of World War II. The infamous protagonists include Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, Kiki, André Gide, André Malraux and Robert Capa. All of them artists and intellectuals who came to France from across Europe and left an indelible mark on the 20th century. These glorious subversives were adventurers before becoming heroes.

“The astonishingly inventive visual rendering borders on perfection. This exceptional documentary series above all revolutionizes the way of looking at art documentaries and even the way of recounting, on television, History with a capital "H".” —Le Nouvel Observateur

“Absolutely brilliant documentary series sparkling with creativity and carried by the gusts of an unusual collective and feminine adventure. Held together from start to finish by a lively and spirited narrative perfectly matched by astonishing graphic art, in which humor competes with emotion, this series educates us as much as it entertains us. [The Adventurers of Modern Art] will certainly be a landmark in the world of animated documentaries.” —Le Monde

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    Adapted from Dan Franck’s literary trilogy Bohemian Paris, Libertad! and Midnight, the story plunges us into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and ...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 1

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Pauline Gaillard • Documentary • 2020 • 53 minutes

    Episode 1: Bohemia

    In joyous, early 20th century Montmartre, a band of penniless artists comprising Max Jacob, Picasso, Apollinaire, Derain and Vlaminck, among others, takes up residence in an old piano factory: le...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 2

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Pauline Gaillard • Documentary • 2020 • 51 minutes

    Episode 2: Picasso and His Gang

    Picasso responds to Matisse with Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The canvas causes a scandal and ushers in the aesthetic of cubism.

    Not long thereafter, however, a series of rifts occur....

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 3

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 51 minutes

    Episode 3: Paris Capital of the World

    On being released from the hospital, Apollinaire discovers what life is like in Paris during the war. In Montparnasse, foreign artists - most of whom are Jewish, having fled t...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 4

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 51 minutes

    Episode 4: The Enchanters of Montparnasse

    The war has ended, and the streets erupt in celebration. Montparnasse swings to the rhythms of jazz and hops to the buzz of lively cafés. Paris is a movable feast. Conceiv...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 5

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 53 minutes

    Episode 5: Libertad!

    The interwar period is significant for its tumults of enthusiasm and illusion. Communism is a tempting alternative, and the desire for social, moral, artistic, and political revolution hangs i...

  • The Adventurers of Modern Art - Ep 6

    Directed by Amelie Harrault & Valerie Loiseleux • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    Episode 6: Midnight in Paris

    World War II erupts, and France mobilizes its war effort. After the debacle of June 1940 and the Occupation of Nazi Germany, Europe is in tatters, and artists and intellectuals flee in...