L8 Unseen: picturing a state of mind, an idea, a culture

There’s an engaging photography exhibition showing at the Museum of Liverpool at the moment.  L8 Unseen features twenty arresting large-scale photographs of individuals and groups who have made their home in Liverpool 8, and whose work reflects its vibrant and determined culture. Liverpool 8 is a state of mind, an idea, a culture, rather than just a geographical location. L8 transcends postcode … Continue reading L8 Unseen: picturing a state of mind, an idea, a culture

Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum

Flag of the German Confederation, 1850 After listening to Neil MacGregor’s outstanding radio series, Germany: Memories of a Nation, a visit to the linked exhibition at the British Museum was considered essential.  But, you might ask, was it worth it, having heard the radio version?  Yes, absolutely.  In the radio programmes, Neil MacGregor focussed on … Continue reading Germany: Memories of a Nation at the British Museum

Rembrandt The Late Works at the National Gallery: unearthly brilliance

Rembrandt, Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul (detail), 1661 On 5 October 1669 the sheriff’s men are called to Rembrandt’s house on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, fetched there by his 14-year old daughter Cornelia, his only surviving child and sole offspring of his relationship with Hendrickje Stoffels whose death six years earlier had left him distraught. … Continue reading Rembrandt The Late Works at the National Gallery: unearthly brilliance

Painting with scissors: Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern

Fortuitously, my recent trip to France was bookended by visits to exhibitions that showcased Matisse at the beginning and at the end of his career.  Towards the end of the first day I visited the Musee Matisse in his home town of Le Cateau-Cambresis, which houses an astonishing collection of his work, including striking examples from … Continue reading Painting with scissors: Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern