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ART BASEL: A PORTRAIT

 

Basel, Switzerland’s third most populous city, boasts the highest concentration of museums and the oldest public art collection in the world. Each year in June, the city also plays host to the largest and most influential art fair in the world. This documentary offers viewers a glimpse of the city, the attendees and the art of the famous fair while tracing its 40-year history.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Portraits

FAKE OR FORTUNE? Portraits

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Portraits
This episode looks at three works of art: an 18th-century portrait of a young lady which may have been painted by society artist Philip Mercier; a sketch of a man possibly done by German artist Adolph von Menzel; and an early portrait that may have been created by Willem de Kooning.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Rodin

FAKE OR FORTUNE? Rodin

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

Rodin
The team examines a sketch of a Cambodian dancer that is attributed to the artist Auguste Rodin, best known for his sculptures.

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Germany’s Dresden and Leipzig

 

Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places.

 

Germany’s Dresden and Leipzig
Saxony, part of the former East Germany, remains a secret to most travelers. We’ll visit the two great cities of the region: the capital city of Dresden, with the opulent palaces and art treasures of the Wettin dynasty; and Leipzig, with its Bach heritage, a massive monument to the day Europe beat Napoleon, and museums remembering its communist heritage.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Delaroche

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Delaroche

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Delaroche
The team examines a painting that may be a lost work by the 19th-century French master Paul Delaroche.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Lucian Freud

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Lucian Freud
The team of art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce are presented with a portrait by Lucian Freud that potentially dates back to the very beginning of the artist’s career. Can it be authenticated?

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
What Was Ours

 

Like millions of indigenous people, many Native American tribes do not control their own material history and culture. For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds, but also offers the possibility for healing. This film tells the story of how a young journalist and a teenage powwow princess, both of the Arapaho tribe, traveled together with a Shoshone elder in search of missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago’s Field Museum.

 

GREAT MUSEUMS – SOUND TRACKS
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

GREAT MUSEUMS - SOUND TRACKS: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio opened in 1995. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the spectacular glass pyramid, reflects the idea that rock and roll is a prism through which we can more clearly see and understand our culture and ourselves. This film features the museum’s fascinating collection of sights and sounds that skillfully recreate the story of rock from its roots to its ubiquitous acceptance as a soundtrack of our lives. The iconic artifacts include Muddy Waters’ primary guitar, John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper uniform and Michael Jackson’s glove. The music itself is curated at the museum in a variety of ways, including interactive listening booths that connect influences from one artist to another across the decades. “So, it’s not four skinny guys with long hair and guitars only,” explains Greg Harris, President and CEO of the museum. It’s also vocalists, folk singers, soul music, dance music, hip-hop, punk, heavy metal, grunge and electronic dance music. All are branches of the tree of rock and roll.

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious About – London

 

Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to an exploration of London. She asks: Why is St. Paul’s Cathedral such an iconic symbol of London? And why doesn’t it face due East? And what does St. Paul have to do with the City of London crest? What is the City of London and why can’t the Queen come in? Why do so many London neighborhoods end in -gate? Why is Temple Church round? And what did those secretive Knights Templar do here? And what does all of this have to do with Magna Carta – and why has a copy remained at Salisbury Church for 800 years?

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
A Mystery Old Master

FAKE OR FORTUNE? A Mystery Old Master

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

A Mystery Old Master
In this episode we are faced with a double mystery. A church in the heart of the Lancastrian countryside has been home to the work of a 16th century Italian Old Master for more than 200 years. The congregation has contacted them to help solve a riddle which has been puzzling everyone. Who painted this huge picture and just how did it find its way into a church once patronized by the famous Bronte sisters?

 

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