Category: Art

Video documentaries about all art forms

How to Be a Surrealist

How to Be a Surrealist

Melting clocks, lobster telephones - the perplexing images of surrealist art are instantly recognisable to millions. But for psychotherapist Philippa Perry the radical ideas which inspired the original artists are often overlooked. In this film, Philippa takes us on a playful journey into the unconscious to discover the deep roots of surrealism in the political ...

The Allure of Art Nouveau - Vienna ep. 3

Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau – Vienna ep. 3

In a story that combines scandal and revolution, cultural correspondent Stephen Smith explores how Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly sexedversion of art nouveau to the banks of the Danube.  Looking at the eye-watering work of Gustav Klimt, Smith discovers that Viennese 'Jugenstil' was ...

The Allure of Art Nouveau - British Cities ep. 2

Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau – British Cities ep. 2

Britain's art nouveau heritage is excavated as cultural correspondent Stephen Smith unearths the bright, controversial but brief career of Aubrey Beardsley. On a mission to uncover lesser-known stars of Britain's version of this continental fin-de-siecle style, he explores the stunning work of Mary Watts and the massive influence of department store entrepreneur Arthur Liberty. In ...

Art Nouveau

Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau – Paris ep. 1

The delicious objects of Parisian Art Nouveau are explored by cultural correspondent Stephen Smith. Uncovering how the luscious decorative style first erupted into the cityscape, Stephen delves into the city's bohemian past to learn how some of the 19th century's most glamorous and controversial figures inspired this extraordinary movement.  Revealing the story behind Alphonse ...

J.R.R. Tolkien Designer of Worlds

J.R.R. Tolkien Designer of Worlds

For many people, the English writer JRR Tolkien (1892-1973) is above all the author of the Lord of the Rings, the film series directed and produced by Peter Jackson from 2001 to 2003. But what most people are unaware of is that this immensely successful novel is only the tip of a monumental corpus, started ...

Modern Masters - Dali episode 4

Modern Masters – Dali episode 4

Salvador Dali was art's greatest clown, but was he also one of its great geniuses? Journalist Alastair Sooke traces the life and work of the popular surrealist artist, travelling throughout Europe and America. From his origins in turn-of-the-century Spain, to his high jinx in New York in the 1970s, Sook reveals this artist's fascinating life ...

Modern Masters - Picasso episode 3

Modern Masters – Picasso episode 3

The life of Pablo Picasso is an exciting story of rebellion, riches, women and great art. In this episode of a four-part series dedicated to Modern Art, journalist Alastair Sooke travels through France, Spain and the US to see some of the artist's great works and recount tales from his life story. Talking to architects, ...

Modern Masters - Matisse episode 2

Modern Masters – Matisse episode 2

Journalist Alastair Sooke sets out to discover just how much the artist Henri Matisse has influenced our modern lives. Tracing the biography of this fascinating artist, and travelling through France, America and Russia, the programme explores some of the painter's greatest works. Sooke explains why Matisse's art is considered so great and also looks at ...

Modern Masters - Andy Warhol episode 1

Modern Masters – Andy Warhol episode 1

The first in a four-part series exploring the life and works of the 20th century's most important artists: Matisse; Picasso; Dali and Warhol. Art critic Alastair Sooke sets out to discover why these artists are considered so great and how they still influence our lives today. He begins with Andy Warhol, the king of Pop ...

An Art Lovers' Guide episode 6 - St Petersburg

An Art Lovers’ Guide episode 6 – St Petersburg

In the final episode of their entertaining series of cultural city breaks, Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture. They want to see how art has been used to enhance prestige and power in this city, ever since it was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. Surrounded ...