Emilie Bickerton is the author of 'A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema' (Verso) and the screenwriter of the film 'Amnesia', which was released in 2015

Jean Dubuffet in front of a sculpture by Émile Ratier at the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, in February 1976. Photo: Jean-Jacques Laesar; Archives de la Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

How Jean Dubuffet brought outsider artists into the museum

The French artist is still the guiding spirit of the Collection de l’Art Brut, the museum he founded in Lausanne

21 Sep 2019
The Crocodile Room in the Africa Museum, Tervuren.

How the Africa Museum is facing up to Belgium’s colonial past

The museum founded by Leopold II has reopened after a five-year closure and rethought all its displays. Has it gone far enough?

2 Mar 2019
Sign indicating where the Venus de Milo was discovered in 1820; photo: Wikimedia Commons

In search of the Venus de Milo – on Milos and in Paris

The statue has been in Paris for nearly two centuries, but does it belong back on the island of Milos?

28 Aug 2018
Christian Boltanski in his studio in Paris in March 2018, photo: © Elizabeth Young

Christian Boltanski expands his repertoire

The French artist explains why organising a retrospective is like rustling up a meal

1 May 2018
Vivian Maier (1926–2009) often photographed her reflection in mirrors or windows, © 2018 The Estate of Vivian Maier

The double lives of outsider artists

Vivian Maier took thousands of photographs, but showed them to no one. Why are some artists so determined to keep their work secret?

8 Jan 2018
Andre Malraux holding a Khmer sculpture, Photo: © Bettmann/Getty Images

The many lives of André Malraux

Collector, dealer, novelist, art historian, culture minister, conservationist – André Malraux’s influence still looms large

26 Aug 2017

Has the French culture ministry lost its way?

The French state has always prided itself on its special relationship with culture. But its recent history has been a troubled one

27 Jun 2016