Kenneth Clark was one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Not only was he the youngest director of the National Gallery ever, but he was a scholar, educator, patron, writer, administrator, broadcaster and impresario. But this wasn’t enough for Kenneth Clark; his greatest achievement was the critically acclaimed television series, Civilisation.
Civilisation was the Grand Tour for the attentive television audience, covering the history of art, architecture, philosophy from the fall of the Roman Empire to its general release, in 1969. It inspired millions of spectators and a critical response most famous of which came from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing.
This installation considers this illustrious man and his own work of art, our tour de force, Civilisation.
1 Lord Clark Standing Still for 4’33"
2 Processing Civilisation
4 Be Sceptical of it, says John
5 Kenneth Says
6 Understanding Civilisation (A Personal View)