I love watching Art Documentaries (as well as trashy tv shows ;). I love art of different periods (and I think what kind of art I like will be reflected in my favourite documentaries) and always enjoy a good documentary which will show me things I've never seen before and teach me things from the comfort of my sofa. Here are some of my favourite ones, they mainly art and BBC but some are art related (in a very loose sense of course :).
BBC produced the most incredible documentaries. My favourite are by Alastair Sooke and Andrew Graham-Dixon.
Modern Masters by Alastair Sooke
The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings by Alastair Sooke (one of my favourite documentaries of all times)
Please don't be put off by the word expensive, these two documentaries are giving an insight into art world as well as an insight into our society and the worlds of the super rich.
How the Devil Got His Horns: A Diabolical Tale by Alastair Sooke
Andrew Graham-Dixon done a series of documentaries (usually a set of three) dedication to different countries and regions. They are so so beautifully done, they are so honest and open minded and give an incredible insight into the countries, people, culture, mentality and art.
Art of Scandinavia by Andrew Graham-Dixon (absolutely love it!)
Art of Russia by Andrew Graham-Dixon (being russian but born in Latvia, my upbringing was literature and music heavy and not that much around visual culture, this documentary made me want to go and visit Russia and explore all the art and way of living and reconnect with something I can not describe).
Art of China by Andrew Graham-Dixon
Art of Spain by Andrew Graham-Dixon
The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour by Andrew Graham-Dixon
The High Art of the Low Countries by Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of my all time favourite documentaries.
And some more BBC documentaries:
Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson I've watched it so many times. One of my favourites. I love Tove Jansson and this documentary is special too.
I love Grayson Perry's art as much as I love his documentaries. They are moving, open minded and open hearted, often asking questions a lot of people avoid out of fear or being uncomfortable but they are all the question we ask ourselves but he comes from such place of kindness and love.. oh, they are something special.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness a documentary about Hayao Miyazaki, it's an insight into work and life of Studio Ghibli ❤️
Jiro Dreams of Sushi this is not necessarily art documentary in a traditional sense but it is. It's a beautiful film about Jiro Ono sushi master. His attitude towards life and work is so special and full of respect and gratitude. This film inspired me so much. If you are not sure which documentary to watch from this list, maybe start with Jiro Dreams of Sushi ❤️
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