Civilizations

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Civilizations reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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Mondrian's New Visual Language

02:20

In the autumn of 1914, Mondrian had an epiphany that would bring true abstraction.



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Art from Fiery Immolation

03:43

Some of the strongest contemporary art has the magical power of transformation.

Flights of Fancy

03:09

In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by Nazis.

The Multitudes of the Displaced

01:43

For artist Ai Weiwei, the calamity of our time is the disaster of the displaced.

Capturing Unspoiled Landscape

04:20

Thomas Cole regarded the US landscape as being what he called the undefiled work of Gods.

Otto Dix's Definitive Artistic Statement

03:44

Otto Dix and his generation had borne witness to the horrors of World War I.

George Catlin's Indian Portraits

02:18

Despite his interest in portraiture, Catlin he said the Native Americans must perish.