A colorful symbiosis between film and art

To celebrate the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, we sat down with art collector Claus Bush Risvig to talk about how cinema inspires him and which of Pedro Almodovar’s films has made the biggest visual impact on him.

Danish art collector Claus Busch Risvig

What is important to you when going to the cinema?
A satisfying film experience goes beyond mere entertainment, it should inspire. Both on an intellectual level, but also visually in how you perceive the world around you. I am particularly fond of Almodovar’s skillful use of colors to support the dynamics of the story, this to me is very important.

Which of Almodovar’s films has had the biggest impact on you, visually?

Julieta ( 2016 )
‘Julieta’ is a beautiful and heartbreaking film, and you could almost watch it with no sound and still fully understand it just from the colors and composition.

Julieta x Vilhelm Hammershoi

The Skin I Live in ( La piel que habito, 2011 )
‘The Skin I live in’ was perhaps a bit atypical in terms of color for a Almodovar film, but its more subtle tones worked perfectly with the story and characters.

The Skin I Live in x Franz Kline

Talk to Her (Hable con ella, 2002)
I was particularly taken by the scenes where Lydia the Matador was in the ring. The hues and composition really played well with the intensity and grace of the scenes.

Talk to Her x Pablo Picasso

All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre , 1999)
I have always been a fan of Wes Anderson’s visual work, so Almodovar’s ‘All About My Mother’ naturally spoke to me, with its dusty 70’s color palette.

All About My Mother x Hilma af Klint

About Cannes Film Festival
The 70th Festival de Cannes jury is made up of Pedro Almodovar as the President, Maren Ade, Jessica Chastian, Fan Bingbing, Agnes Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino, and Gabriel Yared.

Read more about Cannes Film Festival here.

About Claus Busch Risvig
What started out as a budding interest in 2009, has become an integral part of Claus Busch Risvig’s life: collecting art. Driven by an avid curiosity, the Danish collector is constantly on the lookout for new emerging contemporary artists. Be it in the virtual sphere or in real life, at a small local pop-up exhibition or at one of the most established art fairs of today, Claus believe in art as a means to question status quo, both in his own life as well as in society at large.

Claus Busch Risvig has worked as a community manager at Artland since October 2016. In 2016, he served as a curator at CODE Art Fair, the first international art fair in Scandinavia, which took place in August 2016. In August 2017, parts of his collection will be exhibited publicly for the first time in a collaboration with Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, Denmark.