KIMBELL ART MUSEUM TO HOST EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF "THE MONUMENTS MEN" FILM
Jessica Brandrup, 817-332-8451 ext. 241
Christy Fox, CFPR, 646-246-3743
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM TO HOST EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF
"THE MONUMENTS MEN" FILM
FORT WORTH, TX — On January 19th, the Kimbell Art Museum will host a special advanced screening of the highly anticipated new film The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney from a screenplay by George Clooney and Grant Heslov based on the best-selling book of the same title by Robert Edsel with Bret Witter, almost three weeks before its official release in theaters nationwide on February 7, 2014. It will be the first film shown in the stunning new concrete and glass Renzo Piano Pavilion auditorium.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world's artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.
"After having read the book, I can hardly wait to see the film," commented Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. "The looting and destruction that occurred during World War II could have had an even more devastating impact on the art and architecture of Europe, some of which now resides in the Kimbell Art Museum. It is due to the foresight and heroism of the Monuments Men that so many treasures survive today. We couldn't be more thrilled to be selected to screen the film and to support my friend and colleague Robert Edsel and the Monuments Men Foundation."
Robert Edsel added, "We are very excited that our film about these heroes of civilization will be screened in such a prestigious and beautiful setting as the Kimbell Art Museum. The Kimbell has an important connection to this story: several works of art stolen by the Nazis and later recovered by the Monuments Men are now a part of its permanent collection. In addition, several former Monuments Officers, including James Rorimer, advised the Kimbell Art Foundation in the early days of planning for the museum."
Tickets are available to Museum members for screenings at 1 p.m. for $50 and at 5 p.m. for $150 on Sunday, January 19. Call 817-288-3224 to purchase tickets. Robert Edsel will make comments during the 5 p.m. screening and a light cocktail reception will follow. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Monuments Men Foundation.
The Monuments Men (110 minutes), presented by Columbia Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures, is directed by and stars George Clooney. It also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean DuJardin, Bob Balaban Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.
Monuments Men Foundation
The Monuments Men Foundation honors the legacy of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section, known as the "Monuments Men," and their unprecedented and heroic work protecting and safeguarding civilization's most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict during World War II. Raising public awareness is essential to the Foundation's mission. Monumentsmenfoundation.org
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January 2014. Information is subject to change. To confirm dates, or to receive further information, call 817-332-8451. Visit the Kimbell Art Museum online at: www.kimbellart.org, Facebook.com/kimbellart and Twitter.com/kimbellart
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