Arthur House is a writer based in London.

Installation view of ‘Taus Makhacheva: Charivari’ at Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, 2019.

Bread and Soviet circuses – a letter from Baku

The artist Taus Makhacheva is fascinated by the subversive side of an art form that found great favour in the USSR

24 Oct 2019
Detail of ‘Rotten Luck – An Exhibit of Failing Dice’ from the Collections of Ricky Jay, at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

A wacky Wunderkammer in Los Angeles

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is full of natural and man-made curiosities that inspire genuine wonder

25 Feb 2019
MoCAB, Belgrade.

The museums of Belgrade are well worth a visit – now that they’ve finally reopened

After years of closure, the National Museum in Belgrade and MoCAB are both open again

24 Sep 2018
Photograph by Yevgen Nikiforov, exhibited at Kyiv Art Week

How the city of Kyiv is reckoning with its Soviet past

This year’s Kyiv Art Week celebrated a creative renaissance in the Ukrainian capital, but difficult questions about the city’s architectural heritage remain

11 Jun 2018
Caesar (c. 1908), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Royal pets and Russian revolutionaries

Two exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich demonstrate the gulf between royal and popular culture in the build-up to and aftermath of the 1917 revolution

24 Oct 2017
Breathing Light (2013), James Turrell © James Turrell. Photo © Florian Holzherr

The James Turrell cure for election day blues

‘Hopefully some nice, trippy light installations will take my mind off the madness’

25 Nov 2016

Letter from Moscow

Does Moscow now have its Tate Modern, in the new Garage Museum of Contemporary Art?

31 Aug 2015