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DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Hidden Hands - A Different History of Modernism
  • by author Frances Stonor Saunders author of The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

    Hidden Hands - A Different History of Modernism 4 PART SERIES A series which re-evaluated some of the ideas about modern art.

    1. Art and The CIA - Exposed the role of the CIA in promoting the American abstract expressions such as Jackson Pollock after the war.

    2. A Clean White World - Showed how an obsession with hygiene and cleanliness that pervaded the Bauhaus and modernist architects had its roots in the fllth and horrors of the First World War.

    3. Sleeping With the Enemy - Reviews the roles played by the great painters of France after their country was occupied in 1940 - those who colloborated, those who stood firm.

    4. Is There Anyone Out There? - An exploration of the extra-ordinary fascination the early Modernists such as Piet Mondrian and Kandinsky with the paranormal and the spiritualists.

    Channel Four 1996

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  • shorter doc on AJ+