In a story that combines scandal and revolution, BBC4 cultural correspondent Stephen Smith explores how Vienna’s artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly-sexed version of Art Nouveau to the banks of the Danube. Looking at the eye-watering work of Gustav Klimt, Smith discovers that Viennese ‘Jugenstil’ was more than just a decorative delight, but saw artists struggle to bring social meaning to the new style. Revealing the design genius of Josef Hoffman, the graphic work of Koloman Moser and the emergence of the enfant terrible Egon Schiele, Smith unpacks the stories behind a style that burned brightly but briefly at the fin de siecle.
The BBC regularly blocks these video’s from YouTube. I keep replacing the codes in order for you to be able to watch these excellent video’s. But sometimes, I simply can’t find a working link anywhere… Sorry if they are not available. But please come back, they might be there next time you check-in.
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