CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE MONUMENTAL ART
60 MINS BBC FOUR
Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude are best known for their extraordinary large scale sculptures. In 2009 they wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin with 100 sqm of silver fabric and in 2016 they allowed us to ‘walk on water ‘when they floated 3 km of golden fabric over the Italian lake Iseo. In 2018 Christo made history with his first major work for the UK, a floating Mastaba on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Monumental Art follows the build of the Mastaba, from it’s conception to it’s final unveiling. Weaved through the build Christo recounts his life story in intimate interviews. Charting his escape from Bulgaria in the late 50’s to his arrival in New York in the early 60’s, where he still lives and works to this day.
Adding to the conversation are some of Christo’s friends and fellow artists, including Marina Abramovic, Sir Norman Foster, Michael Bloomberg and Lady Marina Vaizey.
LILY COLE’S ART MATTERS
6 x 60 MINS SKY ARTS
An intimate look into the working lives of six of the worlds leading contemporary artists. Lily gets unprecedented access to the country retreat of the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, she is invited on a desert safari with the ‘Wrapping artist’ Christo and strips off for British conceptual artist Fiona Banner, in order to play her part in a rather unconventional nude portrait.
If the art world can often seem too heavy on concept, this series is, at least, endearingly human. Sunday Times
LIVING WITH GENIUS JOHN OGDON
60 MINS BBC FOUR
The first British pianist to win the Tchaikovsky prize, John Ogdon was an extraordinary musical savant. Living with Genius charts the meteoric rise and subsequent decline into insanity of one of Britain’s most gifted classical pianists.
‘An engrossing profile’ The Observer
“An unflinching look at this troubled artist’
‘A vivid portrait’ The Mail