Treasures via Budapest

Treasures from Budapest. The very title of the Royal Academy’s grand exhibition carries with it dreams of magical art, fresh from the vaults of Hungary’s forgotten history. One thinks immediately of powerful paintings depicting the rigorous realities of Budapest, a city born from a civilisation’s political and religious disarray. Wandering through the exhibition, one expects … Continue reading

From Russia, With Love

A night at the museum is what I expected when I went to the V&A’s ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes’ exhibition but, I was delighted to find, a night at the theatre is what I got. For those unfamiliar with this unlikely lord of dance, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev was perhaps the … Continue reading

Ways of Seeing

Our eyes register thousands of images everyday. Advertisements, photographs, still pictures and moving pictures invade our metropolitan lives. John Stezaker’s vision in his debut exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery leads the way and makes us look – and think – twice with his unique collection of re-doctored photographs that propose new readings of old images. Stezaker’s works take … Continue reading