Canada and France
BEAUTY AND RUIN
By Marc de Guerre
Once the centre of American industrial power, Detroit now faces bankruptcy and is under pressure to liquidate its assets to repay over 18 billion dollars in debt. After years of decline, the city is left with little, save its most valuable asset- The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Home to masterpieces by Van Gogh, Brueghel, Titian and Fra Angelico purchased at the height of Detroit’s affluence, it preserves the history of a city that was exceedingly important in the past. When it became likely that Detroit would no longer be able to honour its pension payments, keeping the art turned into a matter of injustice. Beauty and Ruin chronicles the debate between city administrators, museum staff, creditors and pensioners over selling the DIA, and examines the true value of art to its public.
Director Marc de Guerre takes us beyond the immediate dilemma, delving deeper to reveal the underlying issues at play: the failure of municipal government infrastructure, disastrous financial transactions, a meltdown in manufacturing leading to massive unemployment, and unresolved racial tensions. But there are some who still hold to the hope that the collection will remain safe. African-American artist Charles McGee recounts the impact of the artworks on him, “It’s teaching; it’s revealing; it’s explaining; it’s total, and it’s giving. I think that our culture is richer because of it. I don’t know what we’ll do without The Detroit Institute of Arts.” As he slowly exits the gallery in the film, the shot cuts to a school group entering to gaze at the art.
Beauty and Ruin competed at the 35th International Festival of Films on Art (Canada, 2017).
Marc de Guerre is a two-time Gemini Award winner (2007 and 2008, Canada). After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design, he worked as a visual artist before transitioning to documentary filmmaking in 2000, informing his filmmaking with his background in art. His most recent work is Song of Extinction (2017), a multimedia performance made in collaboration with composer Rose Bolton. Featuring large-scale projections, it is a visual and sonic exploration of the Anthropocene period.
Approximately 75 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- PG13 (Some Nudity)
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