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The World’s Most Expensive Paintings
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The World’s Most Expensive Paintings

There is a fascinating connection between art and money. Paintings may exalt the spirit, but they’re also high-end luxury items. Whatever other worth it may have, artwork is a commodity, desired and exchanged by the wealthy and powerful, for prestige and stature. Paintings accumulate value as though by miracle. A low-cost scrap of canvas, which […]
This Is Civilisation
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This Is Civilisation

Artist and critic Matthew Collings sets off on a journey across the world to investigate how past culture have shaped our civilisation. He explores the inspiration behind diverse art movements spanning different time periods and continents. From the hallways of the UK’s Tate Gallery, to the temples of ancient Egypt, China and other locations, Collings […]
The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings
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The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings

Art critic Alastair Sooke investigates the shadowy world of art heists. Although 47,000 pieces of artwork are reported missing every year, only the high-profile cases are publicised in the media. Many cases remain engulfed in mystery and go largely unnoticed. Missing works, high-profile or not, are seldom recovered. Sooke meets notorious American art thief Myles […]
The Art of Russia
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The Art of Russia

Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon shares the incredible story of Russian art, in all its mystery and magnificence. it is a three-part series: – 1. Out of the Forest: Exploration of the origins of Russian religious icons, tracing its roots to the Byzantium. – 2. Roads to Revolution: Investigation of how Russian art was impacted by […]
This Is Modern Art
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This Is Modern Art

British art critic Matthew Collings looks into the current state of contemporary art, exploring how Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol have reshaped what defines art and how modern art seeks to shock the audience. This BAFTA award-winning documentary series gained popularity due to its part-humorous, and often thoughtful insights into the work of a […]
Art Sleuth
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Art Sleuth

Art Sleuth is a series investigating and analysing the works of famous artists using a distinctive detective-like approach. The works covered are: – 1. Van Gogh: The Starry Night – 2. Manet: In the Conservatory – 3. Botticelli: The Birth of Venus – 4. Vigée Le Brun: Marie Antoinette and her Children – 5. Rembrandt: […]
Why Beauty Matters
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Why Beauty Matters

Renowned British writer and philosopher Roger Scruton asserts that beauty is an important aspect of art and that 20th century contemporary art is losing its beauty. He believes that beauty is an objective truth rather than being in the eye of the beholder, a classic concept that has largely disappeared from today’s art marketplace. Scruton […]
Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour
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Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. As a political activist, he has been very critical of his government’s stance on human rights and democracy. This documentary reveals his courageous fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under authoritarian rule. The film was broadcast before Ai Weiwei’s eleven-week detainment in […]
The Genius of Beethoven
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The Genius of Beethoven

A three-part docudrama portraying the life and works of the celebrated German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven. – 1. The Rebel: Explores Beethoven’s compositions Moonlight Sonata and the Second Symphony. It also chronicles his troubled early years as a composer and pianist in Vienna after rejecting his abusive, alcoholic father. – 2. Love and […]
The Genius of Mozart
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The Genius of Mozart

A three part series chronicling the extraordinary life of prolific composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from his childhood as a musical prodigy to his premature death at the age of 35. – 1. Miracle of Nature: The widely-held belief that Mozart was born a musical genius is challenged. It explores his years as a child prodigy, […]
Exit Through The Gift Shop
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Exit Through The Gift Shop

Introduced in 2010, Exit Through The Gift Shop has raised a series of controversies. The film is marketed as a documentary. But is it really a documentary? Some critics claim that it is only a hoax. It is hard to tell, but one thing is sure – this controversial atmosphere boosts the fascination. The story […]
The Mona Lisa Curse
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The Mona Lisa Curse

Art critic Robert Hughes investigates how the world’s most iconic painting, the Mona Lisa, has influenced the world of art in this Grierson Award winning documentary. He explores the radical change in museums, art production and perception over the past fifty years, describing the rise of modern art and reflecting over a lifetime of writing […]