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Three views on the radicalism of the Russian avant-garde—and its suppression

We asked three experts to speak on the radicalism of the revolution—and how it fell apart. For more coverage on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, see our article on the history of Constructivism and our run down of the top shows worldwide dedicated to the Russian avant-garde . Painters and poets collaborate The early futurist book Worldbackwards [1912] is emblematic of the shake-up that many artists were agitating for in the art world. It was conceived to completely undercut the...

Building anew: how Constructivism sought to remake the world

In the centenary year of the Bolshevik Revolution, exhibitions survey the art of the Russian avant-garde and put its radicalism in context Next month marks 100 years since the abdication of the last Russian czar. Within months, Lenin and the Bolsheviks had seized power, shaking the world. In the wake of the takeover, the Russian avant-garde developed new forms of Modernism, which are the subjects of three major exhibitions in New York and London . Here, we take a look at the history of Russian...

‘Humanity uprooted’: Noguchi Museum marks 75th anniversary of Japanese American internment

Timely show traces the lasting impact on the artist’s work of voluntary wartime relocation to Arizona detention camp In the winter of 1942, the artist and designer Isamu Noguchi was living in the Hollywood guesthouse of the film star Ginger Rogers while working on a marble bust of her that is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. But he put down his chisel for a while after US President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, which led...

Documents signed by Abraham Lincoln go on sale at Sotheby's

Copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment will go to auction On Wednesday, Sotheby’s will offer two unique lots, both bearing Abraham Lincoln’s signature, in a sale titled Two Centuries of American History: Highly Important Letters and Documents. The auction features a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation—the important Civil War document that “order[ed] and declare[d] that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are and henceforward...

Palestinian Museum opens—with no exhibition or collection

The inaugural show is postponed, but a satellite exhibition will go ahead this month in Beirut The Palestinian Museum in the town of Birzeit, north of Jerusalem, is being inaugurated today (18 May), even though the institution is currently without a collection. Its director, Mahmoud Hawari—a research associate at the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford, and a visiting academic at the British Museum in London—was only appointed two weeks ago. The museum, which comprises 3,500 sq. m of...

Painting the Reformation: the Cranachs celebrated

Six books reveal the multifaceted output of the elder and younger Cranach in Thuringia The 2015 quincentenary of the birth of Lucas Cranach the Younger falls in the eighth year of the Luther Decade (2008-17), which in turn marks the quincentenary of the Reformation. Its theme is Bild und Botschaft (Image and Gospel), which is the subject of over a dozen exhibitions devoted to the elder and younger Cranach this year. Wege zu Cranach (Pathways to Cranach) provides a very good guide to the places with...

Louis XIV: his mania for the cult of self

On the 300th anniversary of the Sun King’s death, the writer of a forthcoming biography of France’s most celebrated monarch reflects on the spectacular flourishing of creativity in his reign, and on Louis’s passion for self-commemoration, in everything from medals to sculptures and buildings T his winter, the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV is commemorated in a massive exhibition at the Chateau of Versailles, Le roi est mort (27 October-21 February). One exhibit is a transcript of his...

Drawing from an antique treasure chest: Martin Postle on the influence of antiquity

An exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum reveals the continued importance of the classical ideal The exhibition Drawn from the Antique is a collaboration between two extraordinary institutions: the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, and Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Both of these remarkable cabinets of curiosities were created with a view to advance academic achievement and education. This exhibition is therefore particularly appropriate to the venues in question. The original inspiration for the show...

The Cranachs and Luther, a beautiful friendship: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part one of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist This is the first of three articles. The second part is available here ; the third part is available here . Three major shows devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) and his son, Lucas the Younger (1515-86) in the German state (Land) of Thuringia bear the same main title and they form part of the same complex of commemorations. The theme Bild und Botschaft—Image and Gospel (or Message)—relates to the wider context of the...

How the Cranachs made Luther unmistakable: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part two of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist This is the second of three articles. The first part is available here ; the third part is available here . The best place to start with the Luther Decade is probably Weimar. The simply-named exhibition Cranach in Weimar is in the Stiftung Weimarer Klassik’s Schiller Museum (until 14 June), but visitors are advised to visit the nearby church of St. Peter and Paul first. Known as the Herderkirche (Johann Gottfried Herder was the...

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