Art & Architecture


New! Snapshots of Russia 104 min.

While impossible to produce an exhaustive portrait of Russia, this series provides an unusual take on this intriguing land that challenges modern representations.

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New! Snapshots of China 104 min.

This documentary series takes us on the trail of artists who travel around China, camera in hand. With a strikingly modern perspective, they bear witness to the upheaval their country is experiencing.

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Shanghai Deco 60 min.

Art Deco design is where our modern world began and Shanghai may have been the place where art deco enjoyed its most diverse interpretation. During the 1920s and 30s, Shanghai was the most glamorous, cosmopolitan city in Asia. Dubbed “The Paris of the East,” it had both an expatriate community and a middle-class Chinese population that adopted many of the trappings of Western lifestyle: jazz, danc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint 73 min.

This is the definitive film biography of the world-renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai whose print The Great Wave is as globally famous as Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. With Andy Serkis reading the voice of Hokusai, the film features artists David Hockney and Maggi Hambling and passionate scholars who study, admire and venerate this great Japanese master. The film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life a...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

City: The Remarkable Urban Photographs Of David Levene 10 min.

For more than a decade, award-winning photographer David Levene has revealed an unparalleled cross-section of the urban 21st century, documenting how people live and work in 70 cities. From east to west, using archive and never-before-seen images, we hear the story behind three of the most moving photographs in his new book—Yangon in Myanmar, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and Calais in France—and follo...

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Amsterdam 51 min.

Amsterdam is a city that pioneered much of modern life, from multinational trade to the way we design our homes. To find out how, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on a tour of the city's cultural hotspots. They introduce us to the paintings of Jan Steen, take us on an entertaining tour of the canals that helped build Amsterdam, and explore the city’s reputation for tolerance, in the oldes...

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Barcelona 52 min.

Although Barcelona is famous for exuberant modernista buildings, the Gothic Quarter, and big names like Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some less well-known cultural treats. Getting away from the crowds on the Ramblas, they seek out the designs of an engineer who arguably put more of a stamp on the city than its star architect, Antoni Gaudí; the Romanesque frescoes that ins...

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Secret Cities 150 min.

The fascinating stories behind the art that has shaped three dazzlingly beautiful cities. Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and Barcelona are visited by tourists in their droves who tread well-worn paths around great galleries, palaces and plazas. But in this series, art historian Janina Ramirez and art critic Alastair Sooke reveal the essence of each city in a fresh and fascinating way by going off the b...

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St. Petersburg 53 min.

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 since the founding of the city by Tsar Peter the Great. Surrounded by vast palaces, gilded domes, and imposing Soviet monuments, Janina and Alastair discover a city where art has always taken center stage.

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The Art of France 150 min.

Following on from the popular The Art of… strand, The Art of France reads the nation’s history and character in its sculptures, paintings, and palaces. From the art of absolute power in the 18th century through to the modern philosophies bound up in impressionism, art and history are merged to enlightening effect. Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon unlocks the connection between the unification of Fran...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017