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  1. Glittering treasures from the Indian Subcontinent go on display in Scotland
    Dazzling works of art that brought the wonders of India to Britain at the end of the 19th century have gone on display in Scotland for the first time in over 130 years, in a new exhibition on view at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse. Exploring the historic visit made by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6 brings together some of the finest examples of Indian design and craftsmanship, presented to the Prince as part of the traditional exchange of gifts. Encouraged by his mother, Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales undertook a four-month tour of the Subcontinent in October 1875, travelling nearly 10,000 miles by land and sea. By the end of the trip, Sir William Howard Russell, writer of the official tour diary, noted that the Prince had 'seen more of the country in the time than any living man'. The royal tour was an opportunity to establish personal and diplomatic links with local Indi
  2. Albertinum in Dresden opens exhibition of works by Carl Lohse
    Between 1919 and 1921, when art was exploding after the First World War, Carl Lohse (1895–1965) created stunning Expressionist work. But it is all too seldom that the artist and his work received the attention they deserved. The exhibition Carl Lohse: Expressionist, curated in cooperation with the Ernst Barlach Haus, brings together loans from important public and private collections in east and west Germany, creating the largest show on Lohse to date. Seventy-seven paintings, drawings and sculptures by the artist are on view at the Albertinum. The special exhibition previously held in Hamburg was expanded for Dresden and shows groups of works from the Albertinum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden’s Kupferstich-Kabinett as well as from the Carl-Lohse-Galerie in Bischofswerda, the Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst Cottbus/Frankfurt (Oder) in Brandenburg, the Kunsthalle Rostock and the Museum Bautzen. Further contributor
  3. Exhibition surveys over four decades of Nicholas Nixon's prolific career
    The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opened Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision, a survey of the Boston-based artist’s prolific career. Including 113 works, the exhibition is organized around Nixon’s remarkable ongoing project The Brown Sisters, a series of group portraits of his wife and her three sisters taken annually since 1975. The Brown Sisters is being presented in its entirety—including a new portrait from 2017 making its U.S. debut—and each portrait has been paired with other photographs made by Nixon in the same year, drawn from various bodies of work. Together these pictures allow viewers to both take in the visual sweep of passing time through The Brown Sisters series, and delve more deeply into each year through close looking. Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive audio guide narrated by the artist, giving audiences insights into the various bodies of work completed by Nixon
  4. Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador
    The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary. The grisly body part -- which belonged to the Shuar indigenous people -- was handed over during Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno's visit to Pope Francis on Saturday after months of negotiations, the Vatican said. It is very rare for a historical artifact to be returned by the Vatican museums, which boast one of the largest collections of art and archaeology in the world. The fist-sized capitulum, which never went on show, is believed to have been a war trophy for the Shuar, who mummified and kept the heads of their warrior enemies, as well as their heroes. The Shuar are still one of the most important ethnic groups in the Amazon region. In recent years they have hit the headlines
  5. Exhibition at Huis Marseille focuses on life in a closed country that is currently front-page news
    Between 2014 and 2017 the Dutch photographer Eddo Hartmann visited North Korea four times. His fascination for this closed country was prompted, in part, by the one-sided image that the West has of it. We are all familiar with the propaganda photographs of the current leader Kim Jong-un, and with images of North Korean newsreaders making menacing announcements about the country’s nuclear programme. These images invariably have a political hue because of their news or propaganda value; we see next to nothing of the country’s day-to-day life. After long and intensive preparations, in 2014 Hartmann received his first visa and official permission – under strict rules, and with relentless accompaniment – to photograph in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. After the city was utterly destroyed during the Korean War (1950–1953), the government had it rebuilt as a utopian model