For Immediate Release
August 9, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In the final installment of the free film series “Picasso in Film,” the Clark Art Institute airs Neruda (2016, unrated) on Monday, August 21 at 7 pm. The film will be shown in the auditorium, located in the Clark’s Manton Research Center. Run time is 1 hour, 47 minutes.
Directed by Pablo Larraín, the film tells the story of Nobel-Prize winning Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda, the most notorious communist in post-World War II Chile. Faced with shifting political ideologies, Neruda retreats to an underground existence, hunted by the police and secret detectives. Ever the poet, Neruda leaves sly clues for his pursuers in an effort to refuse living the life of the fugitive—while artists back in Europe, led by Pablo Picasso, fight for his freedom. Eventually, Neruda escapes to Argentina by passing through the Andes mountains to freedom. Picasso appears in the film when he reads a poem at a conference that Neruda has secretly mailed to him.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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