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Russia’s female firebrand – a history with blank spots

The world is on fire but it’s a great time for art – thus Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, opening the first-ever UK show devoted to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova.

Political and constitutional crisis, the rise of populism and species […]

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From stone tablets to emojis

May 12th, 2019|culture, History, Reviews|0 Comments

It’s been calculated that globally we will be exchanging over 293 billion emails each day by the end of 2019.  And that’s not counting WhatsApp, Tweets and Facebook messages. So how did we get here?

Making your Mark, an elegant […]

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The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher.

Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to […]

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‘What would those at the time of Peterloo think of where we are now?’

March 27th, 2019|History, real democracy|0 Comments

It’s taken 200 years but Manchester is finally going to get a proper memorial to mark the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Conceptual installation artist Jeremy Deller’s design has just won the approval of the council’s planning committee after a […]

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#Remembrance Day: How a sailors’ mutiny helped end the war

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, it’s time to commemorate not only the end of World War I but the revolution that forced an end to hostilities.

Early in November 1918, sailors on the German fleets mutinied, refusing to attack […]

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Oceania celebrating

That we’ve broken their statues
That we’ve driven them out of their temples
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.

Ionia, CP Cavafy

Oceania at London’s Royal Academy has opened at a time when efforts by indigenous, native and first peoples to […]

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The Modernist future, interrupted

This summer, Malmö’s Moderna Museet, along with its partner, the Sztuki museum in Łódź, Poland is staging a must-see show about Modernism. It brings to life two little-known Polish artists whose ideas and life were shaped by revolution and […]

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Homage to Haitian Revolution

“… we are all descendants of the Haitian Revolution, and responsible to these ancestors” –  thus historian Laurent Dubois in his book, Avengers of the New World. A new display at the British Museum touches on […]

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