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Documentary exploring the art and life of enigmatic painter Raqib Shaw, who works in a London studio which resembles a modern version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Part of the Big British Asian Summer season, this profile of Raqib Shaw is the first of three new episodes of What Do Artists Do All Day?

Coveted by the world's biggest collectors, Raqib Shaw is an enigmatic art superstar. His baroque paintings, fusing pop kitsch and images from his Kashmiri homeland, have sold for millions.

A flamboyant personality, he works in an extravagant studio squeezed into an old sausage factory in Peckham, south London. He creates his art in an amazing fantasy world resembling a 21st-century version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with thousands of plants, waterfalls, bonsai trees and beehives. The film opens in the dramatic aftermath of a fire in the studio, and with remarkable access, offers a portrait of the art and life of Raqib Shaw.

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 13 Aug 2018 19:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

    La Traviata: Overture

  • 00:02

    Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Lamberto Gardelli

    Puccini: Madame Butterfly: Humming Chorus

  • 00:04

    Franz Liszt

    Etude No.3 (La Campanella)

  • 00:06

    Chorus of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Philharmonic Orchestra: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    Richard Wagner: Tannhauser: Entry of The Guests

  • 00:07

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Nabucco, Act III: Va, Pensiero, "Chorus of Hebrew Slaves"

  • 00:17

    Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Danse macabre

  • 00:19

    Maurice Ravel

    Miroirs – Une barque sur l'océan

  • 00:21

    Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Op 30: I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto

  • 00:23

    German Wind Soloists

    Mozart: Serenade No 10 In B Major K361: Gran Partita- Adagio

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