Review: Sunflowers

Exhibitions On Screen this week are bringing a tour of some of the most important works of art in the history of the world. Sunflowers take us on a journey of Vincent van Gogh’s most amazing work.

Event Cinema has long been a staple part of big box office in this country for a one day screening. For the most part screens are sold out in advance, even if it is for the most part Andre Rieu somewhere in Germany or Austria waving his baton, doing his thing or a ballet from the ENO.

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are among his most famous works, and are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. In an extraordinary exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum took a new and revealing look at the five publicly-owned versions of sunflowers in a vase. And once again, the Van Gogh museum opened its doors exclusively to Exhibition on Screen.

Part art history, part horticultural lesson, Sunflowers is an incredible piece of event cinema. It gets you as close to Van Gogh’s work as you can get without security measures setting off alarms and museum security escorting you to the nearest jail cell. You can almost smell the masterworks and the 4K presentation has never made the artwork look any better than when they were first created.

The paintings are so valuable and so delicate, that they can never be exhibited together, so Sunflowers does the next best thing and brings them together through cinema. The artwork is incredible, but with this viewing format the textures come to life and the explanations and history of the work almost make you feel like you were there when they were painted.

If you can’t get to a museum due to the pandemic or you just want to take in some culture then Sunflowers is well worth the trip. Be aware that it’s screening is one day only on Tuesday June 8th at selected cinemas (List here).

If you’re a fan of blockbuster popcorn munching cinema, then Sunflowers isn’t likely to be something that you’d enjoy as the film meanders and takes it time as you flow through the paintings, but if you would like more of an understanding of some of the most important paintings of our time, then Sunflowers is an absolute must.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Sunflowers is released in cinemas across the UK from 8 June, including Curzon, Everyman, Odeon, Picturehouse, Showcase, Vue and independent cinemas. Find your nearest cinema at

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