Robert Hughes 1938-2012
The Shock of the New, The Mechanical Paradise - Episode 1 (1982)
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Duration: 60 minutes

Traces how developments in technology inspired art between 1880 and the end of WWI, leading to movements like cubism and futurism.

A classic eight part documentary that offers a comprehensive view on the development of modernist art in its cultural context. It focusses minly on painting and sculpting but pays some attention to architecture as well. The documentary is presented and narrated by the art critic Robert Hughes, whose views on modernism have left an unmistakable stamp on the film. It was originally aired by the BBC.