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129,638. In the 15th century Italy was home to a creative upsurge that redefined Western art ideals. A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy, BBC 2019
129,639. There were powerful patrons such as the Medicis and rock star artists such as Michelangelo. ibid.
129,640. Giotto brought narrative, he brought dynamism, he brought that naturalistic flavour and he was able to tell a story all in one picture. (Art & Artists: Giotto) ibid.
130,183. A roof terrace, a primary school with a paddling pool, a movie screen made of concrete, a sports hall; inside corridors that stretch one hundred and fifty metres, 337 apartments for 1,600 residents under one roof. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) The Bauhaus Spirit, Sky Arts 2019
130,184. The twentieth century was rich in visions of utopia and better societies. The questions was, How to build a new world. And who could build it. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,185. It was first and foremost a school: a campus home for Utopians, inventors and dreamers. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,186. ‘This kind of interdisciplinary thinking and working.’ (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,187. The Bauhaus moved far away from its Arts & Crafts room, and with this building it jumped straight into the industrial movement. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,196. Now it was time for large apartment buildings. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,197. Modern architecture from Europe lived on in the international style of New World cities. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,198. ‘First they had to improve buildings, then the city had to be viewed globally. The most famous congress was when a group travelled by boat from Marseilles to Athens: Walter Gropius Le Corbusier, Miles van der Rohe. Together, these modernists developed the idea of a charter which was intended to be a guide for urban planners.’ (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid. dude
130,274. 100 years ago, an art school opened in Germany that would change the world forever. It was called the Bauhaus. A century later, its radical thinking still shapes our lives today. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) Bauhaus 100, BBC 2019 captions
130,275. The Bauhaus was the first truly revolutionary design movement. It’s a movement that only existed for fourteen years and yet it had a kind of worldwide impact. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid. Michelle Ogundehin
130,276. The Bauhaus was the brainchild of Walter Gropius who created the school and became its first director, and is now considered one of the greatest architects and educators of the twentieth century. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,277. Gropius now produced a manifesto, a kind of mission statement in which he outlined his vision. At the Bauhaus all the disciplines would come together to create what he considered to be the pinnacle of artistic achievement: a building. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,278. August 1923 marked the opening of the first great Bauhaus exhibition. (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid.
130,279. ‘Nazis go into the building and throw furniture out the window. There’s talk of burning the building down.’ (Art & Architecture & Design & Utopia & Future) ibid. art lady
130,973. An art dealer called Michel Cohen … if he surfaces, they will find him … He’s basically on the run his entire life … There were so many knowledgeable dealers that were trusting him for tremendous amounts of money … The $50 Million Art Swindle, BBC 2019, opening comments
130,974. Michel Cohen disappeared in 2001 having committed one of the largest thefts in art world history. ibid. caption
130,975. He opens a gallery at 1018 Madison. ibid.
130,976. Whilst Tanya showed contemporary art in the gallery, Michel sold modern masters out of the back room. ibid. caption
130,977. In the early 90s, Michel began borrowing money to finance bigger deals. ibid. caption
130,978. On January 2001, Michel fled from New York having stolen a total of $55 million. ibid.
130,979. A few weeks after Michel landed in Rio in January 2001, his wife and two children joined him. ibid.
74,233. Art and money have always gone hand in hand. The Price of Everything, BBC 2020, critic
133,892. A trading house for assets. ibid.
133,893. And that is what modern art has become: it is a luxury brand. ibid.
134,418. Nadja: Look at all those pale desperate wretches scurrying around in the moonlight.
134,419. Colin Robinson: It’s a performing arts school. (Vampire & Mockumentary & Arts) What We Do in the Shadows s2e1: Resurrection, BBC 2020
134,471. In 1900 Paris was capital of the world. A cosmopolitan crowd filled the garden of the Trocadera … everywhere French innovation, invention and ingenuity … The City of Lights, the freest in the world. (Art & Paris & Picasso) Les Aventuriers de l’Art Modern [The Adventures of Modern Art] I: Bohemia 1900-1906, Sky Arts 2020
134,472. Off the beaten path and far from this excitement, a little village awoke to the dawning of a new century: Montmartre. (Art & Paris & Picasso) ibid.
134,476. The [Picasso’s] style reflected the poverty and despair in which the small community of Montmartre had been living. (Art & Paris & Picasso) ibid.
134,477. A new art-form was taking its first steps: Cubism. (Art & Paris & Picasso) ibid.
134,501. This is a land known by two names: the first is Persia: ancient, mysterious, a place of adventure, of mighty temples and palaces built by powerful kings, a land of unimaginable beauty. The other is Iran: isolated, proud, defiant, especially of foreign interference. (Art & Iran & Empire) Samira Ahmed, Art of Persia I, BBC 2020
134,502. Persia’s great kings built a vast empire and a rich culture that became an envy of the ancient world. (Art & Iran & Empire) ibid.
134,503. In 1979 revolution came to Iran when Ayatollah J transformed it into an Islamic republic. The country has been locked in conflict with the West ever since. (Art & Iran & Empire) ibid.
134,504. Our story starts over 3,000 years ago with some ancient plumbing. (Art & Iran & Empire) ibid.
134,505. They also made extraordinary monuments like this: Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil … The temple was once full of beautiful objects and statues. (Art & Iran & Empire & Temple) ibid.
134,506. [Statue in cave:] Shapur I is making a statemenet: he is setting out his Sasanian dynasty to rule … Shapur I ruled for over 30 years; he built many cities during his reign … Under the Sasanians, Zoroastrianism became Iran’s official religion. (Art & Iran & Empire & Statue & Zoroastrianism) ibid.
134,507. This: recording in stone in a gorge nearby the epic saga of Shapur’s triumphs over Rome. (Art & Iran & Empire) ibid.
134,754. Back to when the Arabs conquered Persia: a conquest that was more than a confrontation between two mighty armies … Iran isn’t Arab, and how it has proudly held on to its Persian identity and language to this day. (Art & Iran & Zoroastrianism) Samira Ahmed, Art of Persia II
134,755. ‘Zoroastrianism is the great forgotten world faith. And it’s a great shame because Zoroastrianism has embedded in it very basic principles of good thoughts, good words, good deeds, under the head of one supreme God – Ahura Mazda.’ (Art & Iran & Zoroastrianism) ibid. Professor Lloyd Jones, Cardiff University
134,756. The spirit of the Zoroastrian religion runs right through Persia’s pre-Islamic history because of the special powers of the god Ahura Mazda bestowed on her kings. This place is called Naqsh-e Rostam: it’s home to a series of extraordinary rock carvings. (Art & Iran & Zoroastrianism) ibid.
134,757. In 750 AD, a century after the Arab invasion, a dynasty called the Abbasids rose to power. (Art & Iran & Zoroastrianism) ibid.
134,758. From calligraphy to coins to ceramics, in the battle between two cultures the Persians were making an extraordinary comeback. (Art & Iran & Zoroastrianism) ibid.
134,897. I’m going back to when Persia faced her greatest threat – the greatest conqueror the world had ever known, Genghis Khan. But from death and destruction emerged a golden age. (Art & Iran & War) Samira Ahmed, Art of Persia III
134,898. If eye-witness accounts are to be believed, up to a million men, women and children were butchered this way. (Art & Iran & War) ibid.
135,769. Africa: one of the fastest growing regions in the world. The youngest continent where six in ten people are under twenty-five. With hundreds of different ethnicities and some 2,000 languages, Africa is the most culturally diverse place on Earth. (Africa & Ethiopia & Art) African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power I: Ethiopia, BBC 2020
135,771. Axum: 120 obelisks … an elaborate feat of engineering. (Africa & Ethiopia & Art) ibid.
135,775. This is Afewerk Tekle’s famous Triptych, the Total Liberation of Africa, and it’s awe-inspiring. (Africa & Ethiopia & Art) ibid.
135,777. A thriving fashion and contemporary arts scene. (Africa & Ethiopia & Art) ibid.
135,779. Senegal: It has a cultural influence far beyond its size with a dynamic film, fashion and hip-hop scene. Here the struggles for liberation from the slave trade and from French rule in the 20th century created heroes and leaders who redefined what Africa is. (Africa & Senegal & Art) African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power II: Senegal
135,781. The very walls of Dakar are evidence of people challenging prevailing ideas and expressing their cultural feeling. (Africa & Senegal & Art) ibid.