Netherlands 2018, 70 min, English and Dutch, Hebrew & English subtitles
On March 21, 1986, a murder was committed in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. The victim, slashed by an angry visitor, was Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III, by American painter Barnett Newman. Nicknamed the ‘painting assassination’ by the museum’s curators, this turned into a convoluted, suspenseful affair. The culprit was caught immediately, but the storm he had caused did not abate. The damage to a controversial abstract piece stirred up heated debates about the nature of art, but it was the attempt to repair it that led to a web of intrigue. Based on new research, a reconstruction and interpretations of the events, the film follows the good guys and the bad guys, lawyers, lab technicians, restorers, clerks—and millions of dollars—all with the sophisticated intensity of a mystery thriller.
Previous Festivals:Hot Docs, DokFest Munich
Production: Monique Busman, Michiel Van Erp
Production Company: De Familie Film & Tv
Editing: Xander Nijsten
Cinematography: Niels Van Koevorden
Research: Bart Haensel
Barbara Visser studied photography and audiovisual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Cooper Union in New York and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. From 1992 onwards her work is shown internationally. Currently she is also artistic director of IDFA.