Fatema Ahmed is deputy editor of Apollo.

What’s next for the Met?

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art enters a new era, its past decisions are still sending ripples into the present, so what does the future hold?

24 Mar 2024

‘I needed a porcelain life’ – Christine Coulson treats a person like a work of art

One Woman Show is a novel about a socialite’s progress through the 20th century, told in the style of wall labels you might find at the Met

24 Nov 2023

The women who keep reappearing in Rubens’s paintings

The adjective ‘Rubenesque’ was coined in the 19th century, but there’s rather more to the female figures in his paintings than acres of flesh

2 Oct 2023

Who should fix the crisis at the British Museum?

The theft of 2,000 items is a scandal that points to wider failures of leadership and oversight. So can the museum right what has gone wrong by itself?

5 Sep 2023

What does the National Portrait Gallery say about Britain today?

The museum has reopened with a new entrance and a complete rehang of the collection – but there’s no getting away from its founding purpose

21 Jun 2023
still from Gray Glass by Fiona Tan

Fiona Tan turns back time in Amsterdam

The artist rifles through archives and our collective imaginations to reshape what we think we know about the past

23 Dec 2022

At Antwerp’s most important museum, Old Masters and modern art now share top billing

After 11 years of being closed, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp has reopened with an ingenious extension that means Old Masters and modern art now share the limelight

26 Sep 2022

Former director of the Louvre under investigation for money laundering and organised fraud

Jean-Luc Martinez has been indicted in connection with the purchase of five ancient Egyptian artefacts by the Louvre Abu Dhabi

26 May 2022
Dorothea Lange, from ‘Day Sleeper’ by Dorothea Lange and Sam Contis (detail), Library of Congress. Courtesy MACK

‘I found a Dorothea Lange who was new to me’ – an interview with Sam Contis

The artist Sam Contis talks about mining a rich seam in the personal archive of Dorothea Lange, and the parallels between Lange’s work and her own photography

21 Aug 2020
Memento mori medallion (1612), Jan de Vos. Georg Laue Kunstkammer (£58,000)

What to look out for at London Art Week this summer

From 3 to 10 July the galleries of Mayfair and St James’s are putting on physical and digital displays to appeal to dedicated connoisseurs and casual browsers alike

1 Jul 2020
Cameo of Shapur and Valerian (detail; after 260), Iran. Photo: © Bibliothèque nationale de France

Knight riders – displays of chivalry at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The museum makes the most of its French connections in this survey of conduct across medieval Europe and the Middle East

24 Apr 2020
Michael Clark & Company, I Am Curious, Orange (1988).

Time and motion study – the year ahead in dance

US audiences have new treats in store from Alexei Ratmansky, while in London the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells celebrate the work of Michael Clark and Richard Alston

31 Dec 2019
Collection of Michael Collins

In a Morris Minor key – Michael Collins presents the lost world of family slides

The photographer talks to Apollo about three decades of collecting other people’s family slides

18 Jul 2019

Runway successes – the appeal of fashion exhibitions in museums

Celebrations of costumes and couture are more popular than ever, but is there more to these shows than spectacle?

1 Jun 2019
The Earth as it appeared to the Apollo 8 astronauts from the orbit of the moon on 24 December, 1968, photo: wikimedia commons

Moon landings and Martin Parr’s Britain – the year ahead in photography

Exhibitions of lunar photography and a major Martin Parr retrospective are among the highlights to watch out for in 2019

31 Dec 2018
The upper stair hall at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Sweden’s greatest museum comes into its own

The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has a world-class collection and an international outlook to match

24 Dec 2018
Oil Bunkering #1, Niger Delta, Nigeria 2016 (2016), Edward Burtynsky.

‘It’s hard at this particular moment to be optimistic’ – Edward Burtynsky on the future of the planet

The Canadian photographer talks about ‘The Anthropocene Project’ and trying to capture the spirit of a new geological epoch

12 Oct 2018
Subway, Tokyo 1969, Shomei Tomatsu, courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

Frieze week highlights: Japanese photography and Oceanic encounters

‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy and an exploration of post-war Japanese photography are among the shows to see at the moment

1 Oct 2018
Portrait of Wim Wenders taken in 2015 by Peter Lindbergh, image courtesy Wim Wenders

‘It is a strange little science-fiction period in the history of photography’ – Wim Wenders on his Polaroids

The film-maker discusses the unique quality of Polaroids – and why in the future no one will see the digital photographs being taken today

13 Sep 2018
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and constructed in 1898–1901.

The Horniman Museum takes on the world

The London museum’s outstanding ethnographic collections finally have a fitting home

15 Aug 2018
Kinshasa la Belle, (detail), (1991), Bodys Isek Kingelez, CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva, Photo: Maurice Aeschimann; © Bodys Isek Kingelez

Early photography, ancient Egypt, and postmodern architecture

Highlights of 2018 include Victorian photographers, Egyptian influences, and models from Kinshasa

31 Dec 2017
Feather headdress, early 16th century, Mexico, Aztec,

Vienna’s new window on the world

The city’s ethnographic museum has been reimagined to explain how its exceptional collections migrated to the city

27 Nov 2017
Soccer Player, (1964), Ilya Kabakov, private collection. © Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Back in the USSR: an interview with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are a formidable artistic partnership, whose work takes a piercing look at life in the Soviet Union

19 Oct 2017
Detail of Nathalie Du Pasquier's 'Other Rooms' installation at Camden Arts Centre, 2017.

‘I wanted to do something I have never done before’

Nathalie Du Pasquier talks about trying something different at the Camden Arts Centre, and the difference between art and design

10 Oct 2017