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Russia’s female firebrand – a history wi

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 extinction surround us. At the same time, galleries and museums are offering a huge range […]

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

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 study his thought becomes more urgent and widespread. Evald Ilyenkov never wanted to write for […]

#Remembrance Day: How a sailors’ mutiny

#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 British ships. Their anti-war revolt spread like wildfire, quickly reaching the southern state of Bavaria. […]

Oceania celebrating

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 decolonise their cultures have reached a high pitch. With this astounding display […]

The Modernist future, interrupted

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 its aftermath. New Art in Turbulent Times is an exquisite presentation of the achievements of Katarzyna […]

Homage to Haitian Revolution

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 why this is so. Haiti’s image today is of a broken nation at the mercy of earthquakes, colonial powers […]