Throughout 2012, BBC Two’s flagship arts strand The Culture Show will be key to the television coverage of Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival events.
From the David Hockney retrospective at the Royal Academy in January and the World Shakespeare Festival kicking off in April, through to some of the key highlights of the London 2012 Festival, The Culture Show will be bringing major arts events to a nationwide audience, providing an intelligent and provocative insight into all aspects of cultural life in Britain today.
The Culture Show is presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon with a roster of expert reporters, and is broadcast on Fridays at 7pm in England, with the nations broadcasting during the weekend.
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Making Of The Orbit
Created by artist Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture will be one of the most eye-catching artistic creations of 2012 – a gravity-defying, dynamic scribble of crimson steel, twice the height of Nelson’s Column, towering over the Olympic Park.
It’s the biggest piece of public sculpture this country has ever seen – a bold statement of artistic ambition and a giant engineering challenge. This one-off special takes viewers behind the scenes as the sculpture rises into the London skyline.
In exclusive interviews with the key people behind this remarkable endeavour, the Culture Show will tell the story of Orbit, from commission to completion.
David Hockney - The Art Of Seeing
This Culture Show Special, accompanying a major exhibition opening in January 2012, features David Hockney in conversation with Andrew Marr.
The exhibition of Hockney's landscape works at the Royal Academy of Arts marks the climax of a 50-year fascination with depicting landscape, and a career that has spanned photography, theatre design and every kind of printing, a radical move to California and now a return to a triumphant reaffirmation of painting out in the countryside of his native Yorkshire.
The prospect of the Royal Academy show has energised the artist in unexpected ways. It has prompted a journey, which will unfold in the 13 rooms of landscapes in the exhibition. But perhaps the boldest new way of seeing nature on show in January will be Hockney’s venture into film.
In conversation at his Bridlington studio and out on the roads of East Yorkshire, he explains his revolutionary road movie: a new way of combining the high definition output of nine separate cameras into a single movement through the landscape.