People around a fire, Spitafields Market, London 1976, later print Marketa Luskacova born 1944 Presented by Tate Members 2013 and forming part of Eric and Louise Franck London Collection http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P80288

Exhibition Review: Markéta Luskačová at Tate Britain (Spotlights) – “leaving an important sense of the connectedness of human experience”

The Markéta Luskačová exhibition at Tate Britain, part of the Spotlights programme, invites the visitor into moments between waiting and watching, action and pause. The black and white photographs are arranged frieze-like in an ongoing passage around the room. From pilgrims to street musicians and holiday makers, the people that populate Luskačová’s work are often…

Rebecca Bell | 26/03/2019
Lada Semecká, Flow V (2015) Fused Glass, 78x86x3 cm. Photo© Štěpánka Stein

Glass Rituals: Galerie Kuzebauch at Collect 2019 (Saatchi Gallery London) – ‘showing the possibilities of contemporary Czech glass’

Galerie Kuzebauch’s exhibition for Collect 19 challenges the perception that Czech glass is a male domain, normally associated with figures like René Roubíček, Václav Cigler and Bořek Šípek. International fairs from the 1950s to 1970s also cast a long shadow. The collaborative work of Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová often dominates in the British and…

Rebecca Bell | 05/03/2019
Roman Vishniac, "Jewish school children, Mukacevo", ca. 1935–38 © Mara Vishniac Kohn.
Courtesy International Center of Photography. On display at Jewish Museum London.

EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Roman Vishniac Rediscovered’ – “a must-see!”

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With a career spanning over fifty years, photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) has left an impressive legacy, housed at the International Center of Photography in New York (ICP). While relatively few of his photographs were known until recently, the ICP has digitalised much of his estate in 2013, creating a whole website dedicated to his work.…

Julia Secklehner | 11/02/2019
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Book Launch showcasing the work of fourteen Hungarian artists living in Britain: Robert Waterhouse’s ‘Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980’ (Baguis Press 2018)

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‘There’s an ever-increasing interest in the Hitler émigrés, but the role of the Hungarians has yet to be discovered,’ said Matthias Sarkozi, former BBC newscaster in the Hungarian section, who introduced the fully booked launch event of Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980.  In April 1943 and in the midst of war time…

Alison Miller | 27/09/2018
Vladimír Kokolia, Sunset, 2005

Exhibition Review: Vladimír Kokolia’s ‘Epiphany’ (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) – ‘a guaranteed conversion’

‘I only paint what I see’, says Vladimír Kokolia, one of the Czech Republic’s most established contemporary artists. For most, seeing the ordinary and the everyday’s an act of involuntary dismissal. For Kokolia, seeing the everyday’s wonderment. His first UK exhibition, Epiphany, hosted by the Ikon gallery in Birmingham, is a precious lesson in looking and seeing.…

Camelia Ciobanu | 18/07/2018
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Review: ‘Visual representations of Roma people: moving beyond stereotypes’ – Exhibition workshop at the Balassi Institute

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In her welcome to the event, Eszter Pataki, Director of the Hungarian Culture Centre and a former journalist, pronounced that ‘the Roma community is part of the shared culture in Hungary’, yet ‘many stereotypical images exist in the media even in the UK.’  The phrase ‘of Eastern European appearance’ always appears in a negative context.…

Alison Miller | 21/06/2018
Alex Mirutziu, Between too soon and too late, 2018. Installation view, Delfina Foundation, London. Photo Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and European ArtEast Foundation.
Alex Mirutziu: Between Too Soon and Too Late, Delfina Foundation, London, 26 April – 2 June 2018 delfinafoundation.com europeanarteast.com

European ArtEast and Delfina Foundation present: Alex Mirutziu ‘Between too soon and too late’ – ‘a window that could take one closer to the essence of things’

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With distractions pulling us in all directions, Alex Mirutziu wants to stop us in our tracks.  He’s done this on many occasions, not least with his video Tears are precious, which received the Best Independent Artist Award at the Optica International Video Art festival in 2008. Between too soon and too late, Mirutziu’s first solo show in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 05/05/2018
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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 | 18/05/2017