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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 | 24/02/2017
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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 | 28/01/2017
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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 | 12/12/2016
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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 | 22/11/2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Once upon a time…’ – Children’s book illustrators from Hungary

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“And what is the use of a book, – thought Alice – without pictures and conversations? ” (Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) Most children would presumably agree with Alice here. Our first encounters with pictures often happen on our parents’ laps while we’re looking at books. Colourful drawings illuminate stories and feed our imagination.…

Anett Gecov | 18/11/2016
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: Exhibition of Polish Film Posters

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Play Poland, the Polish film festival taking place across the UK in November 2016, has not only in recent years deepened UK audiences’ knowledge of Polish film, but has a website designed to provide insight into different aspects of movie making in Poland throughout the late 20th century. This includes a virtual exhibition platform about…

Julia Secklehner | 17/11/2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Brâncuși – the Unknown Portrait: marooned at the Star Gallery

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This year marks the 140th birthday of Constantin Brâncuși (1876-1957), perhaps the best-known Romanian artist of his time. To commemorate the life and work of the modernist sculptor, artist Raluca Popa has created a series of works exhibited at Europe House’s 12 Star gallery. The selection is small, comprising only eight works that should show…

Julia Secklehner | 01/11/2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: John Sadovy – ‘Freedom First – the 1956 Hungarian Revolution in Pictures

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Freedom First is one of many events currently in London to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, when student protests against Soviet occupation transformed into a violent uprising, killing over 3,000 people and forcing more than 200,000 Hungarians into exile. Given that many of these refugees found a new home in…

Julia Secklehner | 21/10/2016
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Let there be light! György Jovánovics at the Mayor Gallery

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György Jovánovics is a sculptor who’s dedicated a half century of his life to plaster, and the Mayor Gallery now presents his first solo show in London – The Relief, From White to Black. The gallery space on the second floor, different from the storefront ones, feels more friendly and intimate. The walls display different…

Anett Gecov | 19/10/2016