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Alvin Ailey - An Evening With The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
In this brilliant studio recording, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the country's boldest and most exciting dance company, brings its distinctive style home to you - dazzling, brash and dynamic, yet graceful and poetic. Divining was Judith Jamison's first…
Robert Rauschenberg - Man at Work
For the New York Times Rauschenberg was a "Titan of American art"; for Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens the "Picasso of the second half of the 20th century". Rauschenberg made his name in 1953 by his apparently crazy action of erasing…
Andy Warhol
This comprehensive profile of Andy Warhol was produced and directed by Kim Evans in 1987, the same year that the artist died following complications from a gallbladder operation. Originally shown in The South Bank Show, introduced by Melvyn Bragg, the…
Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century
"Let us create the new building of the future together; it will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form." Walter Gropius, The Bauhaus Manifesto. Staatliche Bauhaus Weimar was born in 1919. Bauhaus was an innovative art school designed…
Jasper Johns
Jasper Johns had his first solo show in 1958 and, almost from that moment, he has been a sensation in the art world. His paintings now routinely change hands for tens of millions of dollars. Rick Tejada-Flores produced and directed…
Frida Kahlo
"The art of Frida Kahlo is like a ribbon around a bomb" - Andre Breton. Frida Kahlo is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and radical artists of the 20th century. This excellent film, directed by Ella Hershon and Roberto…
Rene Magritte
"What is Surrealism? It is a cuckoo's egg placed in a nest with Rene Magritte's knowledge." Andre Breton You had better look twice! In the works of Rene Magritte, an absurd assembly of everyday objects appear on the canvas. The…
Jackson Pollock
In 1956, Time Magazine mockingly described one of America's most important 20th century artists as "Jack the Dripper". It did so because Jackson Pollock stood for something new: with his innovative technique of "dripping" and "pouring" paint, he originated Action…
Alexander Ekman - A Swan Lake
"I wanted to do something big and wild and different. Something with water!" said choreographer Alexander Ekman and filled the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House with 5,000 litres of water. In A Swan Lake, his new full-length work…
Claes Oldenburg
Giant hamburgers and soft toilets - his images of consumerism, executed in disorientating materials and dimensions, and environments made Claes Oldenburg a key figure in Pop Art. Today, his landscape art and large sculptures are modern monuments which have made…
Paul Cezanne
Three Colours: Cezanne from the Art Lives Series introduces the life and work of the artist identified by presenter Matthew Collings as 'the father of modern painting'. The film takes the viewer on a journey through Cezanne's often troubled life…
John Cage - I Have Nothing to Say And I Am Saying It
John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It is a "performance biography" of American avant-garde composer John Cage. The 56-minute program takes an in-depth look at the man and the artist through interviews with Robert Rauschenberg,…
Satyagraha
The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in 1966 during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music…
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
David Hockney is one of the most versatile and influential artists of our time. Here he invites us to take a visual stroll through his many paintings and explore the dimensions of time and space. In communicating a new sense…
Joan Miro
Joan Miro (1893 - 1983) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and a key figure in the Surrealist movement. Theatre of Dreams is a sensitive profile of the great artist, written and narrated by his…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Renzo Piano - Piece by Piece
It is often said of the world famous architect Renzo Piano that he has never developed a recognisable style. But Piano's style is to grapple primarily with the sites and to tease from them uniquely aesthetic and technical solutions. His…
Icons of 20th Century Design
In today's consumer society our expectations, aspirations and dreams are reflected in the products we buy, or covet. From the millions of goods that go on sale each year, certain items rise above the dictates of mere fashion - they…
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Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy is perhaps best known for his colourful and joyous Fauvistic paintings, but he also produced a dazzling array of ceramics, wall-hangings, dress fabrics and furniture designs. In addition Dufy produced elaborate decorative schemes for public buildings and was…
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon revolutionised figurative painting in the 20th century. The English painter unmasked his subjects in a provocative and ruthless manner. Deformed bodies, grimacing faces and the materiality of colour make us aware of brutality and sexuality, existential abysses and…