Category Archives: Exhibitions

Annie Swynnerton

I forgot to say that, while I was in Manchester, I went to the art gallery and came across an exhibition of paintings by Annie Swynnerton (1844-1933). Some were familiar, but it was fascinating to see so many together, to … Continue reading

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Cologne, spring and Peter Behrens

I’ve found spring at last! It’s here in Cologne. (It’s been 20+ degrees, I’ve been told.) The trees are already outlined in fresh green or white/pink blossom and here at the Funkhaus café people are sitting outside – at 7 … Continue reading

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Wien Museum

I didn’t fancy the likely crowds at the Belvedere or the Kunsthistorisches, so I headed for the Wien Museum, where you can look at a couple of Klimts and Schieles in peace. There was also a big exhibition on Otto … Continue reading

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Liverpool, Walker and Alphonse Mucha

To Liverpool today to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibition at the Walker. It’s a very good exhibition and reminded me (how could I have forgotten?!) that, in addition to advertising fags and bicycles, Mucha also painted the patriotic/nationalistic murals in the … Continue reading

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Edinburgh: “True to Life” exhibition

Edinburgh is a handsomer city than Glasgow I suppose, but the centre lacks the latter’s eclecticism. I like mercantile cities that experienced a burst of dynamism in the 19th/early 20th centuries, even if it means that they also suffered a … Continue reading

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Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933

To Liverpool today to see this excellent exhibition at the Tate. It was really two exhibitions in one: the photographs of August Sander and the works of Otto Dix, both influenced by the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. In Sander’s case, you … Continue reading

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Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Photographs of streets and their occupants in Salford, Moss Side, Hulme and Ancoats in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery also had recorded reminiscences from people who had featured in the shots.  Even allowing for an … Continue reading

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