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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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
NOVA the Film
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NOVA the Film

A look at contemporary art and the young artists behind it. Produced by ROJO and BossaNovaFilms, it was shot during the 2010 NOVA Contemporary Culture festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Over 140 artists from around the globe assembled to provide live music, audio-visuals, performances, art installations and presentations, experimental gastronomy, and video screenings. Young, ambitious, […]
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 […]
Modern Masters
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Modern Masters

A four-part series presented by art critic Alastair Sooke exploring the life and work of the greatest modern artists: Warhol, Matisse, Picasso and Dali. – Andy Warhol was one of the most important figures of Pop Art movement. We learn how he masterfully portrayed our obsession with celebrities, consumerism and the media to create some […]
Exit Through The Gift Shop
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Exit Through The Gift Shop

Exit Through The Gift Shop has raised a series of controversies since its release. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dedini: A Life of Cartoons
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Dedini: A Life of Cartoons

An exploration of the life and works of one of America’s greatest cartoonists, Eldon Dedini. His work has appeared in various publications including the New Yorker, Esquire, and Colliers, but he is best known for his full-page colour Playboy cartoons. This film contains candid interviews with Eldon, his family, colleagues, and friends regarding the cartoonist’s […]