In honour of International Women's Day, I'm posting this 60 Second Tour featuring the works of the Blue Rider Group (Der Blaue Reiter). Those who have an art history degree will associate this group, formed in 1909, with expressionist artists Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. However, female artist Gabriele Münter was also a founder. She [...]
The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After a period of closure for renovation, it has re-opened with an exhibition called WONDER. it future 9 amazing installations by artists who use unusual materials (yarn, tree branches, index cards, tires) to create large-scale, awe-inspiring works of art.
For some reason, Somerset House is not a place I go for evening or weekend fun. This is my loss, as the venue has greatly expanded its public offer over the past 10 years. It sits on the Thames across from the Southbank Centre and National Theatre, but does not compare in terms of footfall. It now has [...]
This is a bit of a throwback, but I am really impressed with Mona Hatoum's work. She is an alumnus of University College London (UCL) where I work, but I only discovered this after I became a fan of her art. I suspect few got to see this major exhibition in Doha, Qatar, so I'm [...]
This video presents highlights from Schauwerk Sindelfingen, an art gallery I discovered recently while traveling in south Germany.
As a cultural professional working in a research-intensive university, I’m keenly interested in the interplay between arts and sciences: How can artistic creativity inspire scientific problem solving? How can we use art to articulate scientific principles and discoveries? How can scientific techniques inform new modes are artistic representation? How do we balance the abstract with [...]
My trip to the United States coincided with the private view of the Met's new exhibition Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom. The exhibition features objects from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, one of the collections I manage at University College London (UCL) . It was nice to see Petrie objects presented so beautifully. The exhibition chronicles the re-birth [...]