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An Art Lovers' Guide

  • Season 2
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Arts

Summary

Art historians Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on three entertaining and revealing cultural city breaks.

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Episode 3: Baku: An Art Lovers' Guide

Summary

Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore the capital of Azerbaijan, which offers a mix of the ancient and modern in a country where cultural life is tightly controlled. Last in the series.

Review

The capital city of Azerbaijan, a country undergoing intense modernisation courtesy of its oil wealth, has much to offer the art lover. Once dubbed the “Paris of the east”, Baku has a lively contrast of cultures and traditions from both the East and the West. It has a museum devoted almost entirely to carpets as well as a colossal, undulating piece of futuristic architecture by Zaha Hadid and every other art form in between.

Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke end their Art Lovers’ quest by exploring modern – and rather chilly – Baku, as well as the medieval old city and talking to some contemporary Azeri artists about artistic freedom.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterAlastair Sooke
PresenterJanina Ramirez

Crew

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Executive producerRichard Bright
ProducerTim Niel
Series producerMatthew Springford

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  • Episode 3

    Baku: An Art Lovers' Guide

    Summary

    Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore the capital of Azerbaijan, which offers a mix of the ancient and modern in a country where cultural life is tightly controlled. Last in the series.

    Review

    The capital city of Azerbaijan, a country undergoing intense modernisation courtesy of its oil wealth, has much to offer the art lover. Once dubbed the “Paris of the east”, Baku has a lively contrast of cultures and traditions from both the East and the West. It has a museum devoted almost entirely to carpets as well as a colossal, undulating piece of futuristic architecture by Zaha Hadid and every other art form in between.

    Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke end their Art Lovers’ quest by exploring modern – and rather chilly – Baku, as well as the medieval old city and talking to some contemporary Azeri artists about artistic freedom.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAlastair Sooke
    PresenterJanina Ramirez

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerRichard Bright
    ProducerTim Niel
    Series producerMatthew Springford
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