Exhibition Road Quarter – V&A’s new look

The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates its 165th anniversary with a rather radical shift in its gallery space: the Exhibition Road Quarter. Opening the V&A up to visitors from the pedestrianised Exhibition Road side of the museum, this marks the V&A’s largest architectural intervention in over 100 years, creating a new public space for London…

Michelangelo’s creative collaboration

The National Gallery’s very first acquisition was a collaboration between Michelangelo and Sebastiano, The Raising of Lazarus. It’s a huge canvas, with the biblical subject of Christ raising a man from the dead depicted in vivid, glowing colours. A fine start to a great collection. Creative collaboration then is not such a modern concept, and…

A French treasure-trove from Russia returns home

NUSHIN ELAHI went to see a ground-breaking exhibition in Paris, Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection which reunites of one of the great art collections of the early twentieth century.   One of the world’s most magnificent Impressionist collections is in Russia. The reason for this was a rich yet self-effacing man, Sergei…

An upbeat view of Africa

What started out as a small offshoot African art fair at the time of the Frieze has quietly grown and placed a very big African footprint on this London show. From a few rooms on one side of Somerset House four years ago, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair now fills almost the entire building. What…

Visiting Rembrandt at home

Did you know Van Gogh was one of the first visitors to the newly opened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, visiting the Rembrandts just before he moved to Paris? Or that the Nachtwacht was deliberately placed at the end of the gallery of honour in the altar position of a church? Somehow the Rijksmuseum feels to me…

O’Keeffe’s individual vision

If Georgia O’Keeffe for you is simply animal skulls on desert plains and sensual full-blown flowers, you are in for a surprise. Tate Modern presents a huge retrospective of the core six decades of her life (until 30 Oct), showing how the two strands of abstraction and modernism ran throughout her life. It is the…

The same but different – Hockney’s portraits

It’s quite an audacious project: 83 canvases of identical size, each portraying an individual looking at the viewer from the same chair with the same backdrop. If the artist were anyone other than David Hockney, it certainly would have bombed. As it is, while some portraits seem to capture the uniqueness of the sitter, they…