Wednesday, May 03, 2017

New BBC Series - An Art Lovers Guide to three cities

"An Art Lovers Guide" is a new three part series on BBC Four about discovering a city through key aspects of its art and design.

An Art Lovers Guide - a new short BBC4 series
I watched the first programme on Amsterdam. It's definitely worth watching - particularly if you enjoy art history and/or you've not been to the cities covered but hope to do in future.

The two presenters Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke are both well qualified for the task of providing a guide. They're personable as well as academically credible, have both presented television series on art for the BBC before and, most importantly, they can both string words together on the hoof and make an intelligent comment.

Their pairing also gives us the benefit of one individual (Janina) who is enthusiastic about the past and another (Alastair) who is a fan of modern and contemporary art. Good choice! I think this might be a series which could run and run.

The cities being covered are detailed below with their BBC "blurb"

  • Links in the title are to the detailed pages by BBC Media identifying what they cover. 
  • The link to the iPlayer version of the programme is below the first one.


Amsterdam: An Art Lovers' Guide


With sumptuous palaces, exquisite artworks and stunning architecture, every great city offers a dizzying multitude of cultural highlights. So what should an art lover see on a flying visit?


This is the link to the programme on BBC iPlayer


Barcelona: An Art Lovers' Guide


In this second episode of An Art Lovers’ Guide, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke are on a mission to get to know one of the most popular cities in the world through its art and architecture - Barcelona.

St Petersburg: An Art Lovers' Guide

In the final episode, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture.





1 comment:

John Simlett said...

Thanks for this, I'd missed it! I shall be in St Petersburg in June; I'll take notes from the programme!

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