Art of Scandinavia

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the history of Scandinavia through its art in a three-part series. Here in a land without light for months on end, the landscape and the art it inspired gave us 20th-century existentialism. It is also the story of eroticism, where the light is white and ultra-brilliant; of the world of the Snow Queen and the Ugly Duckling; and of futuristic thinking and optimism that has given us bicycle-riding monarchs, the most democratic social structures, Lego and modernism.


Air Date: January 26, 2017 - 52:05
Andrew Graham-Dixon visits Sweden, home of IKEA and a tradition of brilliant furniture design.
Air Date: January 19, 2017 - 52:29
From modest beginnings, Denmark becomes one of the greatest powers and arbiters of taste in northern Europe.