Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  57 minutes
Date:  2014
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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The Next Big Thing

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The contemporary art world is changing dramatically. How are collectors, museum directors, dealers and artists responding to transformations in the market?

The Next Big Thing

Prices for contemporary art are going through the roof despite the lousy economic situation in general. Internet, the growing number of rich individuals and globalization have changed the art market beyond recognition. Has contemporary art become a commodity in the hands of the super rich private collectors?

This film investigates the ins and outs of the soaring art market and the consequences for artists, dealers, museums and for art history.

With among others: artists Chuck Close, Jack Whitten and Adrian Ghenie, Top 200 art collectors under which Bert Kreuk, Martin Z. Margulies and Thomas Olbricht, museum directors Udo Kittelman and Benno Tempel and Christie's Chairman NY.

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** Official Selection, 2014 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
** Official Selection, 2014 Netherlands Film Festival
** Official Selection, 2014 Arte CInema Festival


Main credits

Engel, Frank van den (screenwriter)
Engel, Frank van den (film director)
Engel, Frank van den (interviewer)
Gnyp, Marta (interviewer)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Melle van Essen; editor, Riekje Ziengs; music, Mark Lizier.

Distributor credits

A film by Frank van den Engel

Docuseek2 subjects

The Politics of Art
Visual Arts
Art History
Museum Studies
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Cultural Sector
Finance, Speculation and Debt

Distributor subjects

Closed Captioned
Cultural Studies


Chuck Close; Jack Whitten; Adrian Ghenie; Martin Z. Margulies; Thomas Olbricht; Udo Kittelman; Benno Tempel; Christie's; contemporary; art; market; auctions; speculation; documentary; film; video; DVD; "The Next Big Thing"; Icarus Films

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