Review: Hungarian Lit Night “Moholy-Nagy in Britain” by Valeria Carullo. An immersive book launch at the Hungarian Cultural Centre


In the two years László Moholy-Nagy lived in London (1935-1937), his creative energy and innovation were boundless. He charmed the British who warmed to his friendly, ebullient and witty character – ‘that lovely madman’. Poet Steven Fowler in opening the event said, ‘Everyone wants you to be one thing, go in a straight line, so…

Alison Miller | 24/10/2019
Plenty, 1999. Cate Blanchett in David Hare’s play, directed for the Almeida by Jonathan Kent,
at the Albery theatre, London. Photo: Ivan Kyncl / courtesy of V&A.

Exhibition Review: “Ivan Kyncl: In The Minute” – ‘capturing the feel of a show in one click’

Ivan Kyncl: In the Minute marks 15 years since the death of the acclaimed, Czech-born theatre photographer Ivan Kyncl (1953-2004). His archive, acquired by the V&A in 2018, comprises over 100,000 negatives and is considered to be one of the richest chronicles of the British stage in the late 20th century. Focusing on the possibilities of theatre photography, the exhibition brilliantly…

Svetlana Smirnova | 04/07/2019

Review: Science Café & Workshop – Can a Machine Replace an Artist? – ‘an exciting glimpse of the partnership between science and art’

Using popular mobile apps like Prisma and DeepArt anyone can produce a piece of stylised art from an input photo, but Daniel Sykora and his research group at the Czech Technical University argue that this wouldn’t pass an artistic version of the Turing test – where even the artist would’ve difficulty judging whether a painting…

Alison Miller | 11/06/2019
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

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!”


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)


‘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