Sometimes a city explodes into life and comes to define an age. In this series, Dr James Fox tells the story of three cities in three exceptional years – cities whose artists and thinkers, writers and musicians set the world on a new course.
In this first programme he tells the story of Vienna in 1908 – a city of amazing creativity and dangerous tension. This was the year Gustav Klimt painted his masterpiece The Kiss, Sigmund Freud revealed the Oedipus complex, Egon Schiele produced startling pictures of humanity stripped to the bare essentials, and both music and architecture took a bold step in a radical new direction.
But it was also the year a struggling young artist named Adolf Hitler arrived in the city. It was also a year that would put Vienna and Europe on the road to destruction.
More promotional pictures below. The first episode will air on BBC Four on Wednesday 20th August from 9:00pm till 10:00pm.
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