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Art in Europe

40 years of the Documenta

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 visits the exhibition "Documenta" considered to be the most important forum for contemporeay art and takes a retrospective look at previous Documenta exhibitions which began in 1955. Part 2 visits the current 1997 "Documenta X" exhibition. 1997. 27 min.

Art From a Divided Country - Deutschlandbilder

Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 reports on the exhibition "Art from a divided country" which took place from Sept. 1997 to January 1998 in Berlin. Eight years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition provides a retrospective of the last 60 years of German art. Part 2 is a report from the exhibition "100 years of German photography" held in Bonn in 1997. 1997. 27 min.

At the Louvre with the Masters

All through the 19th century, painters visited the Louvre. For them the museum was a school, a studio, a salon, a laboratory, a reservoir of techniques, and above all, a source of inspiration. This film invites the viewer to tour the Louvre in the company of three great 19th century painters: Courbet, Degas, and Cezanne, discovering how the museum played an essential role in the formation of their ideas through evidence found in notebooks, paintings and studios of these inventors of modern painting. Along the way, the viewer also meets Ingres, Delacroix, Zola, Manet, and Picasso.

Civilisation: Grandeur and Obedience / Civilisation: The Light of Experience

Grandeur and Obedience: Surveys the development of Western civilization in the 17th century as seen in the work of Titian, Rubens, and Bernini. Points out that the essence of baroque was the uniting of flesh and spirit, dogma and sensuality, obedience and freedom as shown in such religious figures as St. Ignatius, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. John of the Cross. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. c1970. Light of Experience: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 17th century.

Civilisation: Romance and Reality / Civilisation: Man, The Measure of All Things.

Romance and Reality: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 13th century. Depicts a world of chivalry, courtesy, and romance as evidenced in the emergence of courtly love as the ultimate in aesthetic and ascetic devotion. Shows these developments in the poetry of Dante and in the Anjou tapestries. Points out the spiritual happiness of the period as seen in the life of St. Francis and in the work entitled The little flowers. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min.

Civilisation: The Hero as Artist / Civilisation: Protest and Communication

The Hero as Artist: Surveys the development of Western civilization in Italy beginning in 1500 as seen in the demise of city states such as Florence and the rise of Rome as a world power. Examines the work of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. Protest and Communication: Surveys the development of Western civilization in the 16th century in the North as evidenced in the use of the printing press and in the Reformation, Protestantism, and especially in the work of Erasmus, Sir Thomas More, Durer, Holbein, Cranach, and Shakespeare. c1970.

Civilisation: The Pursuit of Happiness / The Smile of Reason

Pursuit of Happiness: Surveys the development of western civilization during the 18th century as evidenced in the music of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn, the architecture of Neumann, and the paintings and etchings of Tiepolo. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. c1970. The Smile of Reason: Surveys the development of western civilization during the 18th century as shown in the art and sculpture of Vanloo, David, De Troy, and Houdon. Points out the growth of humanitarianism and the prevailing belief that mankind would advance by conquering ignorance through reason and moderation. c1970.

Civilisation: The Skin of Our Teeth / Civilisation: The Great Thaw

The Skin of Our Teeth: Defines civilization and gives a synoptic view of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the rise of the great Gothic period. Compares and contrasts high and primitive arts as embodied in the head of Apollo Belvedere and an African tribal mask. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. The Great Thaw: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the 12th century, which ranged from restless curiosity to system and order, as evidenced in the construction of the Abbey of Cluny, the work of Abelard and St.

Civilisation: The Worship of Nature / Civilisation: The Fallacies of Hope

The Worship of Nature: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and the 1800's which were characterized by a romantic belief in the divinity of nature as evidenced in the work of Rousseau, Goethe, and Wordsworth and in the paintings of Constable, Casper David Friedrich, and William Turner. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. The Fallacies of Hope: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and 1800's when the dreams of advancing mankind through reason and moderation met with disappointment.

Dada and Surrealism.

The Dada movement, born as a reaction to World War I, and its successor, Surrealism, opened new avenues for artistic creation by striving to bypass the reasoning process and tap directly into the unconscious mind. Filmed at many museums on both sides of the Atlantic, this program critically examines key masterpieces of Dada and surrealism.

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