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Exhibition Review / November 2019
William Blake. Tate Britain, London
By ESTHER CHADWICK As bookends to Tate’s first major William Blake exhibition in nearly two decades, the curators, Martin Myrone and Amy Concann...
Exhibition Review / October 2019
The Decorated Word: Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
by ABIGAIL BALBALE Those unfamiliar with the breadth of Islamic art frequently assume that the importance of ca...
Exhibition Review / September 2019
Escape into Art? The Brücke Painters in the Nazi Period Brücke-Museum and Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin; Emil Nolde – A German Legend: The Artist during the Nazi Period. Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
by CHRISTIAN WEIKOP These two excellent exhibitions, both with highly informative catalogues, explore with a ne...
Exhibition Review / August 2019
Ilya Repin. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
by Isabel Stokholm Romanova Over the past decade the State Tretyakov Gallery has had great success in reviving ...
Exhibition Review / July 2019
Swinging London: A LifestyleRevolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant. Fashion and Textile Museum, London; and Mary Quant. Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the first retrospective of the fashion designer Ma...
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Exhibition Review / June 2019
Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
BY COREY KELLER Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813–75) was a prolific experimenter and adventurous advocate for p...
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Book Review / May 2019
Uri Korea: Kunsthistorische und ethnografische Beiträge zur Ausstellung S. Knödel and B. Schmelz, eds.
Uri Korea: Kunsthistorische und ethnografische Beiträge zur Ausstellung Edited by Susanne Knödel and Bernd S...
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Exhibition Review / April 2019
Don McCullin
by HILARY ROBERTS Don McCullin is a photographer who consistently rejects any attempt to define himself or his work in detail. Such reluctance is understandable, given the diversity of his wor...
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Exhibition Review / March 2019
Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures. Tate Liverpool
To look at Fernand Léger’s late painting Leisure – Homage to Louis David (Fig.1), in the last room of this...
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Exhibition Review / February 2019
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. British Library, London
by Rory NaismithThe British Library’s exhibition on Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is a triumph on two levels. Not only...
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Exhibition Review / January 2019
Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue. Whitechapel Gallery, London
Elmgreen & Dragset’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, plunges visitors into an empty swi...
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Exhibition Review / December 2018
Bruegel. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
BY ELIZABETH ALICE HONIG Anybody who has visited the paintings galleries at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vien...
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November 2019
Lifting the dead hand
Lawyers are familiar with the phrase ‘the dead hand shall not rule’, which expresses the belief that testators should not be able to impose ter...
October 2019
Powering down in Sydney
Sydney’s museums and art galleries are going through a period of upheaval. In August the Australian Museum, the oldest public museum in the count...
September 2019
Out of the attic
Sometimes fairy tales really do come true. On first hearing, the story of the seventeenth-century canvas of Judith beheading Holofernes that was discovered in the attic of a house in Toulouse in 20...
August 2019
At the Yale Center for British Art
At the end of June Amy Meyers stepped down as Director of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, after seventeen years. Her appointment in 200...
July 2019
The Warburg Renaissance Project
In 1931 Charles Holden was appointed architect of the University of London’s Bloomsbury estate. Its centrepiece, Senate House, was completed in ...
June 2019
Building in the shadow of history
Two eminent architects who have died this year offered very different solutions to the perennial question of how new buildings should be designed...
May 2019
Burlington Contemporary: a new journal
The fifty-eighth Venice Biennale opens its many doors to the public on 11th May. This year ninety countries will be represented in the national p...
April 2019
The Burlington Magazine website
Readers who have recently visited our website (www.burlington.org.uk) will have noticed that it has undergone a complete redesign. As well as look...
March 2019
The future of the Art Fund’s volunteers
One of the happiest aspects of the work of charities involved with the art world is the participation of volunt...
February 2019
Hilliard in Europe
There are times when current political debates seem to entwine in the most complex ways with art history. It is not surprising that the United Kingdom’s decision in 2016 to leave the European ...
January 2019
The year of Leonardo
Five hundred years have passed since the death of Leonardo da Vinci at Amboise on 2nd May 1519. His reputation, which has never stood higher, might be summed up in the judgment of one famous crit...
December 2018
The Turner Prize
When the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson was asked how a singer should prepare for the role of Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde she is said to have replied, ‘Get a good pair of comf...
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Acquisitions for the reopened Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 2011–18
Acquisitions for the reopened Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. October 2018