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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Postponed Futures’ at GRAD: the best show in London on the Russian Revolution – by far

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Postponed Futures is really quite something. In a year when London’s saturated with exhibitions about the Russian Revolution in its centenary year, the show’s curator, Nikita Kadan, has forged a different response. He shows a Ukrainian exhibition, political and thought-provoking, which reminds us not to forget what’s going on amid the celebrations: a war in…

Julia Secklehner | May 18, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Splashing into Viscosity – Márta Kucsora at the Concept Space

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The Concept Space is a brand new venue in Bermondsey debuting with Márta Kucsora on their first solo show together: Viscosity.  The mission of the new project space is to become a cutting edge hub for arts professionals, and to present both UK and international artists. The current show was curated by KB Stowe with…

Anett Gecov | March 5, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking’ at the V&A

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Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking is one of V&A’s newest temporary displays, comprising around 40-50 graphic works and  offering both a fascinating insight into the post-Soviet printmaking practice and a glimpse into V&A’s contemporary art collecting activity. All works on view are the museum’s recent acquisitions, some made possible through the help of grant funds, and…

Sofia Gurevich | February 25, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Black Hole Generation: ‘The Kings are Back’ – Returning empty-handed?

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Black Hole Generation (BHG) is a Prague-based collective of young artists, whose core members, David Krňanský, Martin Lukáč and Julius Reichel, are now showing eighteen works at London’s small Dot Project Gallery. Having studied together at UMPRUM, Prague’s Academy for Arts and Design, one of the most innovative institutions in the country, BHG undoubtedly aims…

Julia Secklehner | February 24, 2017
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CONCERT REVIEW: Ukraine: An Artist’s View – a captivating act of cultural diplomacy

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This was the premiere of Olesya Zdorovetska’s launch of her project, Telling Sounds. Sitting down, I immediately discerned a sprinkling of Eastern European accents, complimenting the authentic feel of Dash Arts. The stage was minimalistic; we were left to focus on Olesya and her Tsymbaly. Zdorovetska, clad in a vibrant red top, was enthralling. It…

Alexandra de Stanford Wallitt | January 28, 2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Franciszka Themerson: Lines and Thoughts – ‘a near perfect mix of abstraction and tender humour’

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Normally, l’étrangère exhibits works by contemporary artists, but the gallery is currently focussing on Franciszka Themerson (1907-1988), a Polish-born artist who contributed to the interwar avant-garde in Poland, before eventually ending up in the UK amidst the turmoil of the Second World War. What we see at l’étrangère is Themerson’s work from the early 1950s…

Julia Secklehner | December 12, 2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘AutopsiA – Thanatopolis’ at the Horse Hospital

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Exhibition AutopsiA – Thanatopolis takes place at The Horse Hospital and briefly presents the aesthetics of mysterious AutopsiA – a group founded in the late 1970s in London by an anonymous band of artists and musicians who later brought its activities to a small town in Serbia, before relocating to Prague during the break-up and…

Denis Stolyarov | November 22, 2016