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Stephen Smith explores how Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly sexed version of art nouveau to the city.

In a story that combines scandal and revolution, cultural correspondent Stephen Smith explores how Vienna's artists rebelled against the establishment in the late 19th century and brought their own highly sexed version of art nouveau to the banks of the Danube.

Looking at the eye-watering work of Gustav Klimt, Smith discovers that Viennese 'Jugenstil' was more than just a decorative delight but saw artists struggle to bring social meaning to the new style. Revealing the design genius of Josef Hoffman, the graphic work of Koloman Moser and the emergence of the enfant terrible Egon Schiele, Smith unpacks the stories behind a style that burned brightly but briefly at the fin de siecle.

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Wed 8 May 2019 00:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Bălănescu Quartet

    Computer Love 

  • 00:02

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Waltz No 2, Jazz Suite No 2 

  • 00:03

    Paul Bateman, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Waltz

  • 00:03

    Gabriel "Chula" Clausi 

    Mariposita 

  • 00:04

    Danny Elfman

    Introduction (Titles) (from Edward Scissorhands)

  • 00:04

    Valeriy Antonyuk

    Hidden Emotions 

  • 00:06

    Johann Strauss II

    Accelerations Waltz Op 234

  • 00:08

    Emilio Balcarce Y Orquesta 

    Si Sos Brujo

  • 00:09

    Max Richter

    Berlin By Overnight 

  • 00:10

    Emilio Balcarce Y Orquesta 

    Si Sos Brujo

  • 00:12

    DJ Krush

    Song 2 

  • 00:14

    Yann Tiersen

    Dust Lane 

  • 00:15

    Explosions in the Sky

    Be Comfortable Creature 

  • 00:18

    Explosions in the Sky

    First Breath After Coma 

  • 00:23

    Bălănescu Quartet

    Autobahn 

  • 00:24

    David Byrne

    High Life For Strings 

  • 00:25

    The Good, The Bad & The Queen

    The Good, the Bad & the Queen

  • 00:26

    Radiohead

    Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

  • 00:28

    Ólöf Arnalds

    Allt I Guddi 

  • 00:32

    Labradford

  • 00:34

    Explosions in the Sky

    Human Qualities 

  • 00:35

    Explosions in the Sky

    Human Qualities

  • 00:36

    Max Richter

    From 553 W Elm Street, Logan Illinois 

  • 00:37

    Explosions in the Sky

    What Do You Go Home To?

  • 00:40

    Zoë Keating

    Tetrishead

  • 00:43

    Peter Broderick

    There And Here 

  • 00:44

    Yann Tiersen

    7:pm 

  • 00:46

    Aphex Twin

    Untitled 

  • 00:48

    Explosions in the Sky

    Time Stops 

  • 00:50

    Aphex Twin

    Jynweythek Ylow 

  • 00:53

    Nannou 

    Almost Beautiful 

  • 00:54

    Aphex Twin

    Nanou 2

  • 00:54

    Ólafur Arnalds

    Near Light 

  • 00:57

    Al Bowlly & Roy Fox & His Band

    Goodnight Vienna

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Stephen Smith
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
Series Producer Mary Downes
Director John MacLaverty

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