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REVIEW- Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

The sky is blue and the sun shines bright in Boris Kustodiev’s painting Demonstration on Uristsky Square on the Day of the Opening of the Second Comintern Congress in July 1920. Nicholas II, the last Csar of Russia, has been overthrown. The Great War is finally over. And the government of Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks are busy putting their vision … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

For more than a millennium, you could have been forgiven for thinking that Heracleion, Thonis and Canopus had never existed. Sure, these ancient cities on the mouth of the Nile had been mentioned numerous times by Greek writers, but mostly in the heroic tales of mythological figures. Heracleion was supposed to have been founded on the site where Herakles had first set … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Sicily: Culture & Conquest

Its name in Greek, Hebrew and Arabic means ‘middle sea’. The Romans knew it as the sea in ‘the middle of the land’, and it is from Latin that its modern name derives. Because, right up until the discovery of the Americas, the Mediterranean sea was the centre of the known world. And slap bang in the middle of the … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Shakespeare In Ten Acts

On one of the exhibitionologist’s first forays into exhibition reviewing, back in 2012, I found myself at an exhibition all about William Shakespeare. Hosted by the British Museum and accompanied by a BBC Radio 4 series, Shakespeare: Staging the World was jam packed full of objects that each, in some way, related to the events, the places and … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Vogue 100: A Century of Style

It appeared on newsagent shelves in September of 1916, and cost a shilling. The first ever issue of British Vogue promised its readers that ‘really and truly, such amazing things are going to happen to you that you would never believe them unless you saw them in Vogue.’  Not bad for a mission statement. And proof … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Celts: Art & Indentity

In 1707 the Welsh linguist and antiquary Edmund Lhuyd published the Archaeologia Brittanica, in which he described the ‘Languages, Histories And Cultures of the Original Inhabitants of Great Britain‘. If it were not for the publication of this book then the British Museum’s new Celts: Art & Identity exhibition probably could not have happened. Were it … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Drawn by Light

The Science Museum’s Media Space, a gallery dedicated to the collections of one of its sister museums, the National Media Museum in Bradford, opened only last year. But with its latest exhibition, the Media Space shows that it is already prepared to be hugely ambitious in its vision and in its scope. Putting on a show spanning the entire history of photography, as … Continue reading