Painting The Weather Televisions first interactive exhibition
from BBC FOUR from April 2002
Van Gogh, El Greco, Degas, John Martin, Hiroshige - works from some
of the worlds best loved artists come together in televisions
first interactive exhibition, Painting The Weather.
Four and the National Gallery, together with another 50 museums
and galleries throughout the UK, are collaborating in this unique
venture. Through BBCi the new name for all the BBCs
interactive services viewers and web users can enjoy much
loved and unfamiliar works in their own homes.
Painting The Weather, 110 paintings, by more than 80 artists, portray
every aspect of the weather. Housed in public collections around
the country, from Orkney to Cornwall, the works have never before
been exhibited collectively and, because of fragility and transportation
issues, could never be exhibited in one place. Until now
centre of the project is the unique web exhibition allowing visitors
to take their own virtual tour through the works. The exhibition
is curated by the National Gallery, with special in-depth commentary
on 15 key works by its Director Neil MacGregor. A high quality zoom
facility enables visitors to examine paintings in incredible detail.
Biographies of the artists, and further information on the paintings
and galleries, are available on the site. Weatherman Bill Giles
gives his reading of the weather featured in many of the works.
The site can be accessed through bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather, and
there will also be a link from BBCis weather homepage www.bbc.co.uk/weather.
BBC Four, Painting The Weather documentaries examine the collection
thematically through different weather types: Changeable, Storm,
Sun and Rain. Filmed at galleries throughout the country, the series
explores many of the paintings featured in the exhibition, including
Turners The Snowstorm, Monets Haystacks, Gillian Ayress
Midsummer, Hokusais A Sudden Gust of Wind, and Howard Hodgkins
The Storm. Gallery curators and art historians reveal more about
the works and their creators; and art lovers share their enthusiasm
for their favourite works and favourite galleries.
addition, viewers can explore key works from the exhibition further.
Differing levels of service are available to digital satellite,
digital terrestrial and digital cable viewers through BBCi.
· Video explorations of more than 30 of the works featured
in the Painting The Weather exhibition.
· Commentary and soundtrack allow viewers to explore and
re-explore favourite works.
· Access via the red key on the remote control, or by navigating
through the BBCi bar.
· Painting The Weather runs on digital satellite for two
· Forty paintings based on the programme themes of Changeable,
Storm, Sun and Rain
· Access via the interactive key on the remote control.
· Available for six months from the weather page of the BBCs
digital cable service.
· A "Picture of the Day" which changes every day.
· Access by pressing red key on the remote control.
· Available for two weeks.
which extends the themes of the BBC Four Painting The Weather television
series will be published to coincide with this innovative exhibition.
Offering more in-depth information on themes raised in the programmes,
the catalogue also offers further information on all aspects of
the visual arts.