20th Century / Art / Culture / Exhibition / London / Politics / Review / Russia / Russian History

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- Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

For a bona fide map nerd like myself, there may never have been an exhibition that I have anticipated quite as eagerly as the British Library’s Maps in the 20th Century: Drawing the Line. Indeed, any bona fide map nerd probably already knows about this exhibition and will have decided already to pay it a visit regardless of what … Continue reading

Ancient History / Art / Britain / British History / Culture / Exhibition / Medieval / Museum / Politics / Review

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

Age of Enlightenment / America / Britain / Exhibition / Medieval / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

Whether or not David Cameron knew what he was letting himself in for when he appeared as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012 is anyone’s guess. As anyone who watched the interview or subsequently read about it will know, there was at least one topic of conversation that he was not expecting to … Continue reading

Art / China / Chinese History / Culture / Exhibition / Literature / Museum / Politics / Review

REVIEW- Ming: 50 Years That Changed China

Six hundred years after it first emerged from a Beijing workshop, the exquisite cloisonné enamel jar looks like it was made yesterday. Bursting with vivid colour, its fine gold lines shimmering in the light, and the beady-eyed dragon almost jumping out of the glass cabinet at you. A truly awesome object, that made such an impression on me, I bought a … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Propaganda: Power & Persuasion

In the accompanying leaflet to the British Library’s Propaganda: Power & Persuasion exhibition is the observation that, in this age of Twitter, blogs and social media – being carried in all of our pockets, and available to us at the press of a button or click of a mouse – anyone can be a propagandist. … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

As someone fortunate enough to have visited the remains of the legendary Roman city of Pompeii some years ago, I was doubtful as to whether a collection of objects from the city displayed in the British Museum could really hold the same level of fascination for me, or indeed tell me anything I didn’t already … Continue reading