Nan Goldin stands in a bathroom with another person looking at herself in the mirror

Nan Goldin, Nan Goldin in the bathroom with roommate, Boston © Nan Goldin

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Documentary about Nan Goldin

10.12 2022


The Golden Lion-awarded documentary “All the Beauty and Bloodshed” portrays the artist and activist Nan Goldin’s battle against a pharmaceutical company in the USA. Laura Poitras’ film has been widely publicised and will be in cinemas from mid-January – but you can see it before then, on two Saturdays in December at Moderna Museet!

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” portrays Nan Goldin’s artistic practice and her fight for justice against the mighty Sackler family for causing a major opioid crisis in the USA, which has earned billions for their corporation Purdue Pharma. How can Nan Goldin stop the art world from accepting Sackler’s blood money and get the family’s name removed from the museum walls?

Laura Poitras and “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” won the Gold Lion, the finest award, at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The film adds further perspectives to Nan Goldin’s practice, alongside the ones featured in our major retrospective, “This Will Not End Well”.

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” opens in Swedish cinemas on 13 January 2023.

About Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras, born 1964, is an American film director, producer and journalist. Her acclaimed documentaries include “Citizenfour” about Edward Snowden and the scandal around the NSA’s intelligence activities. The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2015. She also made “My Country, My Country” (2006), about the US invasion of Iraq, and “The Oath” (2010), which focuses on the Guantánamo prison.

Poitras has received numerous accolades, including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Peabody Award, the DGA Award and a BAFTA.

Nan Goldin – This Will Not End Well

Nan Goldin is one of the most high-profile and controversial artists of our time. The retrospective “This Will Not End Well” is presented in six unique rooms.

Experience her works as slideshows and films set to sound and music, where stories about love, intimacy, addiction, and loss take place on the screens.

Read more about the exhibition here: Nan Goldin – This Will Not End Well

Portrait of Nan Goldin 1982
Nan Goldin, Memory Lost, 2019-2021 Installation view at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery