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From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014 by Costanza Beltrami

From the Forest to the Sea brilliantly turns the disadvantages of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s small exhibition space into an opportunity: the gallery’s long vista — a corridor rather than an enfilade of rooms — and its changing wall colours firmly … Continue reading

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Pilgrims, Healers, and Wizards: Buddhism and Religious Practices in Burma and Thailand (British Museum)

Sunday, 9 November, 2014 by Ethan A. Perets

It is easy to forget that curatorial control is not absolute. During the preparations for any show project curators must contend with numerous obstacles. These might include time constraints, lack of high quality objects or works of lasting significance, as … Continue reading

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Germany – Memories of a Nation: a 600-year history in objects (British Museum)

Monday, 3 November, 2014 by Julia Secklehner

Entering the dimly lit exhibition space for “Germany – Memories of a Nation” feels exciting, as does being greeted by a video installation of the fall of the Berlin Wall, people on the street celebrating, driving in old trabants and … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision (National Portrait Gallery)

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 by Thomas Hughes

The idea that an exhibition of assorted paintings, photographs and objects can constitute a ‘portrait’ of someone is an interesting one. Bloomsbury biographer Frances Spalding’s exhibition on Virginia Woolf has added another chapter to the interdisciplinary history of Bloomsbury by … Continue reading

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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination (British Library)

Monday, 27 October, 2014 by William Ballantyne-Reid

Terror and Wonder, the latest exhibition to be presented by the British Library, is an overview of the Gothic genre from Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) to the work of Jake and Dinos Chapman, via Byron and the … Continue reading

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Rembrandt: The Late Works (National Gallery)

Friday, 24 October, 2014 by Evy Cauldwell-French

Many an exhibition will market itself as “once in a lifetime”. The National Gallery’s Rembrandt blockbuster is no different, clearly marking out the rare accumulation of a vast amount of canonical works in one place. Exhibitions of this size take … Continue reading

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Constable: The Making of a Master (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Thursday, 23 October, 2014 by Chelsey Randall-Wright

John Constable is one of those artists who will stay forever loved among the English, but is unfortunately often relegated to obscurity abroad. When I visited the V&A for this major new exhibition of his painting, I was struck by … Continue reading

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Anselm Kiefer – A View from a critical distance?

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 by Sarah Hegenbart

I need to begin with a declaration of interest. First, I am German. Second, I am currently writing a dissertation on another post-war artist. This could explain why I might be a bit more sensitive towards these topics than the … Continue reading

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Berlin Biennale 2014

Monday, 18 August, 2014 by Sarah Hegenbart

Listening to the sounds of a classical string quartet on the terrace of a beautiful lake-side villa in Berlin’s affluent Zehlendorf neighbourhood evokes an image of the past; somehow reminiscent of Berlin’s Golden Twenties. This grand venue is however, not … Continue reading

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A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution (V&A)

Sunday, 20 July, 2014 by Percy Darukhanawala

Art exhibitions come in many volumes. The more and more frequent stentorian blockbusters make London’s art offering both important and substantive. However, the noise made by these grand shows – aided by dense crowds, zig-zag prams, loud conversations et al … Continue reading

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