Germany is one nation which has always taken pride in being the motherland of the greatest artists in the course of history. Be it Albrecht Durer, David Friedrich, Joseph Beuys, the list is unending. However, the atrocities of Germany’s historic past has resulted in ignorance of the country’s ancient rich cultural legacy. This program reviews some of the names which have ruled the roost in this country's artistic heritage. Eminent art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon is of the opinion that we need to develop a new approach to German art. In this stimulating series, he undertakes a geographical and chronological journey through Teutonic culture at the same time investigates German art’s extended association with landscape, folk lore and national selfhood. This is an interesting journey of three parts which revolves around an art legacy of 500 years and explores the wonders, surprises and beauty of the Art of Germany. The artist reveals the story of National Art and conveys juxtaposes escapism, precision, passion, hope and renewal through the series. The story is a journey through the famous woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, the famous paintings of paintings at Grünewald, the tall cathedral of Cologne, gothic Neuschwanstein Castle among other things. With the progress of the series, there is a focus on impact on the culture due to Hitler’s obsession with Art. It shows how Art moved on to become an obsession. It focuses on how it later became a ground for Cold War. It also examines the work of Joseph Beuys who was one of best and most influential artists of the time. This series is said to be extremely inspiring and thoughtful.
(The Art of Germany, Enhanced DVD, A BBC Production. 3-part series, 50 minutes each.) ISBN: 978-1-62102-016-5 Copy Right Date: 2010 CC